Teak is known for its beauty, durability, and versatility. In the tropical regions it grows, teak is used for everything from bridges to serving utensils. However, this hardwood also makes stunning outdoor and indoor furniture.
Whether you’ve found your new teak furniture at a yard sale or a high end store, you should care for it well to make it last. After all, even the best teak furniture in Singapore needs some TLC every once in a while.
– Indoor Use
Teak is known for being low maintenance. You can help it last even longer with just a few simple steps, namely, don’t fuss with it. Unlike other woods, teak does not need to be oiled or sealed. In fact, teak is just best left alone with its natural oils. Too many products designed for wood care will discolor the teak pieces or cause them to mold.
As life moves on, however, your furniture is sure to become scratched and stained. Thankfully, teak is easy to clean up. When necessary, just wash the piece with water and mild soap. Treatment for stains and scratches are the same: lightly sand the wood with the grain until the blemish is gone. If you have oiled or sealed the teak, then you will need to repeat the process on the sanded area.
– Outdoor Use
Teak is frequently used in the production of patio and outdoor furniture. Because of the conditions it’s grown in, teak is perfectly suited to this. However, teak will turn gray when left in the sun. This graying process isn’t a problem and it doesn’t change how long the furniture will last. However, if you’d prefer that your teak furniture keep it’s color, you can seal it with a teak sealer. When the wood eventually starts to turn color again, just wash it with a warm soapy water, clean it with a soft brush, and seal it again.
During harsh winters or prolonged periods it won’t be used, it’s a good idea to cover teak furniture to protect it from the elements. However, only use breathable covers or mold can grow on the furniture.