Cleaning Teak Furniture Properly
The tropical hardwood known as teak is one of the highest quality woods you can use for furniture. This highly dense and strong wood has been used for centuries in the process of building boats and docks and, as such, is a perfect consideration for building fine furniture.
This wood does not react the same as other woods do to extreme temperature or humidity changes, either. It also does wonders for outdoor furniture as well as furniture you can use inside your home.
If you have left your teak furniture outside in the sun and weather, you might start to notice it will turn a slight greyish color. This is extremely common and will not affect the wood at all. The best aspect is that this greying is only on the upper most layer of the wood and can be easily cleaned up with some soap water and soft scrubbing brush.
If you want to keep it from turning grey and leave that wonderfully warm honey color, just rub in a few drops of teak oil a couple times a year and you will never have to worry about it.
When you go to rub the teak oil into your furniture, you need to make sure that it is completely dry. If your teak furniture is inside, you will not have to worry so much. However, if it is outside and has been in the rain, give it at least 48 hours before applying the oil.
If the wood is still wet, it could end up leaving black mildew stains under the oil as the water gets trapped. You should also make sure that you only use teak oil on teak furniture. Never use over the counter furniture polish to treat your teak furniture.
Your teak furniture can be some of the most beloved furniture in your home if taken care of. Although, there are quite a few people that love the look of the faded grey color it can get when left outside in the weather. Some people feel this makes it look more antique than when it’s new and, for the most part, they are right. Teak can be some of the oldest wood furniture that you can find.