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How To Care For Teak Furniture So It Lasts For Generations

Teak is a wood with amazing natural durability which can withstand extreme weather conditions and this makes it the ideal choice for outdoor furniture. Its relative rarity also makes it a good candidate for indoor furniture for those that wish to establish a status symbol. Because the wood is so resistant and durable, it generally requires little maintenance.

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It’s common for teak furniture to last for 70 years or more and to be passed on as hairlooms. If you keep it indoors, it’s possible to last even longer.{found on howellcustombuild}.

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If left in its natural state, teak wood is practically maintenance free. However, untreated teak furniture exposed to the sun will patina and turn a grey color. Although the process does not affect the strength and the quality of the wood, you can choose to prevent it by staining the furniture.

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A sealer can be used to prevent the sun from graying the furniture and the mold and mildew from attacking it. Sealers can be applied to both new and old teak furniture.

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The sealer is meant to preserve the color of the wood, although it can also change it, acting as both a protectant and a stain. It does not peel over time like varnish, it’s easy to apply and should be reapplied every year.

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Once the teak furniture is sealed, very little maintenance is required to preserve this finish. In the case of tables, however, keep in mind that oils, wine, coffee and even some condiments will penetrate the sealer and may leave a stain.{found on neimantaber}.

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Because teak is protected by its own natural oils which migrate to the surface to make the wood impervious to water, it is not recommended to use varnish, water sealers or oil because they’ll peel, chip or result in mold and mildew growing on the furniture.{found on wellenconstruction}.

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Weathered teak can be restored using a cleaner that combines a base and an acid such as caustic soda and phosphoric acid. Keep in mind that the cleaner may damage painted surfaces. Use it to restore a heirloom to its original beauty so you can enjoy it for years to come.

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If your teak furniture does not stand outdoors, there’s no need to apply any kind of sealer, varnish or stain. It can be left unfinished and unprotected and you can enjoy its natural golden color for generations.{found on mikelirastorzainteriorismo}.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on April 26, 2011

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