Although teak garden furniture is one of the most durable types of furniture you could invest in, it could do with some sprucing up every now and then. Teak wood is low maintenance, but if you ever feel that you want to restore the wood to its rich, honey color after a few years, keeping your teak furniture clean is easy.
The first thing you want to do is invest in a teak wood restoration kit. It’s okay to splurge a little on this for a really good quality kit because this kit is going to last you a long time. You’ll hardly need to whip it out since teak maintains its beauty for years. When your teak furniture does need a little TLC, though, a teak wood restoration kit is the perfect solution to protect and preserve your patio furniture.
Now, once you’ve got your kit, restoring the look of your teak wood garden furniture is easier than you think. Follow the steps below and you’ll have your furniture polished and pristine in no time:
- Step One: Before using any of the cleaning products in your kit, first give your furniture a good thorough cleaning. You’ll need to do this to ensure you’re getting rid of any access dirt build-up since you need a clean surface to work with. A good brush should do the trick. If your furniture is not that dirty, then a quick rinse with the hose will do just fine.
- Step Two: Next, you’ll want to take the teak cleaner that is supplied in your cleaning kit. This needs to be mixed with warm water. Mix your cleaner to a ratio of one part cleaner and five parts warm water. Give it a good stir to make sure everything is mixed together properly.
- Step Three: Take your scrub brush again and dip it into the cleaning solution. Scrub the mixture all over your furniture to loosen any remaining dirt and grime. For those hard to reach areas, you could use a smaller brush if needed. Once you see the dirt has been loosened from the wood, go ahead and wash it down with water.
- Step Four: This part is where your teak brightener comes in. Once your furniture has been cleaned, use the brightener in your cleaning kit and go over the surface of your furniture using a clean cloth. The teak brightener should be diluted with water in equal parts. While rubbing the brightener onto your furniture, be sure to follow the direction of the wood grain. It’s okay to apply the brightener even while the wood is still wet from the cleaner. After about 10 minutes, it’s time to rinse off the brightener once it has had time to settle on your wood furniture.
- Step Five: The final step of the process is to apply your teak oil. It is very important that the wood has completely dried before you attempt this step. Take a clean cloth and rub it into the wood, following the direction of the grain once again. You can apply two to three coats of oil, but a six-hour drying time should be given in between each layer.