CHARACTERISTICS OF TEAK
- Teak furniture is an excellent choice for outdoor living and with regular maintenance will provide years of loyal service. RH offers an array of Golden Care® products for protecting and restaining Natural teak as well as touch-up kits designed to match our teak finishes.
- Natural Teak – Our Natural finish highlights the beauty and grain of solid teak. Due to natural variations in the wood, each product and finish may vary slightly. When exposed to sun and rain, the color of Natural teak will soften to a handsome silvery-grey shade depending on the amount of sun exposure.
- Newly purchased Natural teak will experience oil surfacing. These areas, which look like a water mark, can be removed by gentle washing. Fabric cushions stained by the natural surfacing of teak oil can be cleaned with OxiClean™ or Simple Green® and a soft brush or a power washing of 1200-1400 PSI.
- Finished Teak – Our finished teak is created using a wire brush with a pigment-based finish. Imperfections such as hairline cracks may develop over time. If left uncovered, the finish will fade and wear through, exposing unfinished teak to the elements. Exposed teak will begin to acquire the beautiful silvery-grey patina that is typical of untreated teak. We recommend that these pieces be protected from incremental weather by our furniture covers.
Natural Teak (new) Natural Teak (at 6 months) Natural Teak (at 1 year) Finished Teak – Weathered finish (new) Finished Teak – Weathered finish (at 5 years)
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
- Use a dry, clean cloth to dust furniture weekly and maintain luster.
- For spot cleaning, spray off any debris with a hose and brush off any dirt or debris with a soft-bristle brush. Spores that create mold and mildew thrive in environments with dirt and moisture. Dry with a soft cloth. To remove stains on finished teak, we recommend gentle sanding in the soiled area with a 3M® Hand Pad.
- For a more thorough cleaning, mix warm water with a mild dish soap, such as Dawn® or Method®, and clean with a soft-bristle brush. Do not use abrasive cleansers. Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth. A power washing with a pressure of 1200-1400 PSI is also effective. Furniture should be thoroughly cleaned periodically and always before storing.
- If furniture is in a saltwater environment, rinse weekly to remove all salt.
- If furniture is in a freezing environment, thoroughly clean and dry, then store in a dry place such as a garage or shed. Rain and snow will seep into small cracks and fill the wood with moisture and lead to additional small cracks. If storage is not available, furniture should be covered with our custom-fit outdoor furniture covers.
- Avoid letting water stand on the surface of your furniture and cushions. • When furniture is not in use for an extended period of time, protect it with our custom-fit outdoor