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Maintaining Your Teak Furniture
Contrary to popular belief, teak furniture does not require any special maintenance routine or any additional protection apart from occasional cleaning.
Buffed teak furniture may also benefit from an occasional light sanding to remove any raised grain and restore a smooth finish to the surface. Under no circumstances should a power washer be used to clean teak furniture as this will erode the surface.
After the first few exposures to water, you should also expect the surface grain of the buffed teak to rise slightly. As a part of the buffing process, the surface is wetted before final sanding to raise the grain, so there will be significantly less raised grain on buffed teak than on natural finish teak.
Protection from Staining
To protect teak surfaces from staining and to help maintain the silver-grey patina on weathered teak, we recommend using Gloster Teak Protector. An application of this product forms an almost invisible shield which helps to prevent food (coffee, ketchup, red wine, olive oil, etc.) penetrating into the teak and causing unsightly stains. Teak Protector also helps protects the wood against the ingress of moisture, the adhesion of dirt and prevents mildew growth.
Maintaining Golden-Brown Colour
Gloster Buffed Teak benefits from an enhanced surface preparation procedure, where the natural oils already contained within the teak are brought to the surface and burnished to produce a rich sheen and a consistent colour.
If you wish to retain the golden-brown colour of new teak we also offer a Teak Sealer. Application of Teak Sealer will not affect the strength or longevity of the furniture in any way, just its appearance. If you elect to use Teak Sealer you will be embarking on a regular maintenance programme as Teak Sealer needs to be regularly applied to provide continuous protection.
Left to age naturally outside by being exposed to light, air and rain, teak will gradually change to a soft, silver-grey as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood slowly start to fade away.
As with natural teak, left to age naturally outside, buffed teak will also gradually change to a soft, silver-grey as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood begin to fade away.
We recommend that you allow your teak furniture to weather naturally this way and simply clean thoroughly once or twice a year with Gloster Teak Cleaner.
The video below shows how it's done:
Storing Your Teak Furniture Over Winter
If you intend to store your furniture over the winter, we recommend that you do so in a water-tight garden shed or garage.
We advise that you do not move teak furniture from the garden straight into a heated indoor room for storage, as the sharp differences in temperature and humidity may cause the wood to split.
Please see below for details on how to care for your Gloster outdoor furniture and fabric. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to call us on our furniture help line 0345 6052505.
For Gloster Maintenance products and spare parts see here