Furniture, particularly outdoor furniture can be a bit of a nightmare when it comes to keeping it in good condition. With the environment, general wear and tear, and a whole load of other variables working against you, it can often seem like you are fighting a losing battle.
Teak garden furniture is particularly challenging as the premium price of the product means you will want to keep it as undamaged as possible. However life often gets in the way, and this may not be possible.
In today’s blog, we take a look at teak garden furniture and how you can restore it for frequent use in the future with the help of some sandpaper and oil varnish. Whilst this may work for some furniture, it might not work for all furniture. It often depends on the amount of damage on the furniture. If there is a lot of damage, it might be worth contacting a contents restoration company to see if they could restore the furniture for you. Don’t give up on old furniture, it could be given another life.
- Harden the teak timber
Wooden garden furniture has the potential to rot no matter what protections you give to it. Teak garden furniture is much the same. If you want to restore your old furniture we recommend applying a good preservative overnight and allow the liquid to penetrate deep into the timber. This will give you a good base from which to do some further restoration.
- Sand down the teak timber
After you have applied the correct treatment to the timber it is time to sand it down and get rid of the rough surface layer. The outer layers of the sapwood may have been overly exposed to the elements so getting rid of this is essential to restoring the teak garden furniture.
Get some light sandpaper and make sure you brush in the same direction as the grain, this will help you get the best possible finish. After you have sanded down enough make sure you apply a good amount of oil to add an extra protective layer. One of our top recommendations is to remove excess oil, as this can encourage mold growth. And if they start breeding quickly, it can lead to a slew of issues. As a result, while removing excess oil can be beneficial, molds have a tendency to breed again in the same location. Hence, purchasing a home test kit to monitor mold growth may be a better option. However, if you don’t know How to incubate a mold test kit, you can visit a website like gotmold.com to learn how to use it in detail. Once mold is determined, call a professional to do additional tests to see what type of mold is present and how to remove it.
- Use a pressure washer to get any ongoing dirt build up off
When it comes to caring for your teak garden furniture on a long term basis, a high-pressure washer could come in very handy. These are great if you are not looking to go down the chemical route and keep your furniture in tip-top condition. When you are washing teak garden furniture with a pressure washer, make sure you test it out first on a small part of the wood to ensure you do not damage the whole item.
By good quality teak garden furniture and make sure you maintain it
One of the main mistakes people make when buying garden furniture is not investing in good quality new items. If you have poor quality furniture made of damaged teak no amount of restoration will help save it. To give yourself the best possible chance of benefiting from teak garden furniture that gets better with age, make sure you buy it from a reputable supplier. Following that, invest in good quality cleaning equipment and treatment to keep it in the best possible condition.