Teak Oil, when used wrongly, can promote mold and mildew growth, not prevent it …
WARNING. It could be the use of Teak Oil that leads to your teak garden furniture looking like this …
Although teak is renowned for ageing gracefully due to the natural presence of protective oils it is still susceptible to mould and mildew growth, particularly when humid conditions are prevalent.
This will create darker areas on the wood that need to be dealt with to allow the wood to reach the beautiful, silver-grey patina generally associated with aged teak.
In over two decades of buying, selling and caring for teak outdoor furniture we have learnt all there is to know about how to do things properly where the Jewel Of The Forest is concerned.
“It really annoys me when I see other, so called expert retailers, promoting the use of Teak Oil – it is, quite simply, misguided and, what’s worse, totally misleading for their customers.”
Jon Haimes – Director @ The Garden Furniture Centre.
The cleaning process we recommend is far simpler and much quicker than trying to use Teak Oil …
And it works.
Simply follow the Five Easy Steps outlined below …
- Choose a warm, sunny day.
- Rinse your furniture with a garden hose to release debris and dirt. Not a high pressure one as this may raise the grain of the wood and cause surface erosion.
- Take 1 Gallon of water, a quarter cup of bleach and two thirds of a cup of light laundry detergent. Then, with a bristle-brush remove mildew and staining using the brush in smooth strokes along the direction of the grain.
- Take the hose again and rinse the furniture thoroughly – making sure to leave no detergent on the wood. Then leave in the sun to dry.
- We strongly suggest keeping your outdoor furniture in a place where it will benefit from regular, direct sunlight as this will naturally kill mould and mildew growth.
It is also a good idea to use a Teak Protector – preferably one that has untraviolet inhibitors – this will enhance the cosmetic appearance of the teak far better than any oil ever will.
The Garden Furniture Centre Recommends …
We sell this ourselves and it ticks all the boxes …
Stick with us and you’ll have an aged teak product that looks beautiful as opposed to the mould and mildew infested one in the opening photo at the top of this post that you’re very likely to end up with if you listen to the host of other, misguided, ‘teak oil lovers,’ elsewhere on the internet today.
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Quality care advice for quality furniture from The Garden Furniture Centre.