Cleaning Teak Furniture

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance


screen porchHow To Clean Teak Furniture

This article will focus on how to clean teak furniture.

Teak is a tropical hardwood species of tree, popular for outdoor furniture use due to it durability and natural resistance to rot and decay. Teak timber has always been valued as a high quality material and for its water resistance. It is used in boat decks, exterior construction, veneer, outdoor furniture, and turnings.

Teak has a rich, golden honey color when new, and requires little maintenance or care, Teak is often left natural, which over time, attains a handsome silvery-gray patina as it weathers or it can be treated with teak oil. If left untreated, teak will weather to a silver-gray tone which is preferable to many people. When treated, and cared for, it will maintain its original golden honey tone.

Cleaning Teak Furniture

As teak ages and is exposed to the elements, the natural, beautiful color changes to a silvery gray patina. Teak naturally resists moisture and part of the reason it is so durable is that it is high in resinous oils and does not dry out very quickly. This also prevents it from absorbing too much moisture, making it less likely to rot.

Cleaning Teak Furniture

Before Cleaning

When left outdoors without a periodic protective oil or teak oil, your teak furniture will turn silvery-gray.  This process takes several months and depends on the exposure to certain elements such as rain and sun.  If this is look you want then all you need to do to care needed for your teak furniture is a seasonal cleaning.

Left unprotected teak can sometimes develop black mildew spots from moisture and lack of maintenance.

Cleaning Teak Furniture


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