When we think about outdoor furniture, most of us visualize a wooden striped sofa in a reddish color. A very usual image that we have seen in so many stores and websites. But is this teak?
Most of us have been fully convinced that with a lot of teak oil and a small effort we will be able to preserve our furniture perfectly throughout time. But is this true? And is the effort really so small when we oil the furniture?
When we oil the furniture every year the color keeps becoming darker and as time passes by, it actually becomes almost black. Most people think that this is a normal procedure and of course after some years they just buy other furniture (usually plastic) since they do not like anymore their furniture. This is why they mostly believe they cannot maintain their furniture in good condition otherwise.
The truth is that most wooden furniture sold is not made of teak wood. Teak has a beautiful natural color with an even surface. Therefore, one needs to question. Is the furniture I am buying teak or teak style?
Let’s assume you buy a teak sofa, then you know you have really bought the best material for outdoor use. Teak is the most sustainable material and by far the most durable. It can live outdoors for centuries. In England, you will find many sofa benches made of recyclable teak wood from 1800. If you look closely, you will see that their color is silver-grey. This is because the wood itself changes color through time and becomes silver-grey.
One needs to question whether this grey color is something that you like. We personally adore this color because it becomes even with the environment. That is to say that if you like it the only thing you need to do is to let your furniture grow old.
On the contrary, if you prefer to maintain the natural honey teak color then you will have to follow a specific procedure. You will have to sand it (with 220 sandpaper) and clean it with teak cleaner. The teak cleaner will take out all the spots and will leave the furniture in light honey color. Then you can apply a teak protector (this will give a warmer color to your furniture) or simply apply a teak shield.
In any case, if you have trouble following these steps you can call us for more information. Moreover, we as experts are able to completely restore your outdoor teak furniture and make it look brand new.