A classic in our garden: teak furniture. An accepted solution for small and large green spaces, as well as for balconies and terraces. But do we know this material, its characteristics and care?
Teak is a hard tropical wood which, when new, has a golden brown / honey color. Over time, as it is exposed to the elements, natural teak gradually changes color from honey brown to a silvery gray patina that distinguishes teak properly aged outdoors. After a while, this patina deteriorates to a dark gray and greenish appearance, if the wood is not treated.
Teak wood resists rot and extreme moisture, thanks to its own resins and natural oils. In the teak furniture that is exposed to the weather, small cracks or fissures may appear as a result of temperature changes, which have no negative effect on the quality or durability of the furniture and which are considered as normal in the process of the adaptation of the wood to the environment in which they are found. This type of furniture is designed so that it can be used and enjoyed for decades.
Depending on the environmental conditions, the natural grayish coloration can be noticed after only a few weeks. In dry climates, it will take several months for teak to be affected. In humid climates, where furniture is subject to frequent dew and sunlight, wooden furniture will wear out more quickly. When buying new teak furniture, we should ask ourselves the color we prefer to keep. If we like silver gray, we recommend the teak patina restorer. If we prefer the golden brown / honey of the new teak, we should use a teak protector.
If we find some furniture that has already turned to dark gray, and we want to restore the natural silver color, we must use a teak cleaner to clean and restore wood. Then, we will apply the patina restorer to preserve the color. If you prefer the color of the new teak, use teak cleaner first to restore the color and apply the teak protector to preserve it.
Experts recommend doing a preventive treatment before summer and another, in the end, before saving them for the winter.
Two last recommendations: we must make sure when buying the furniture for our garden or terrace that the original teak wood used (comes from Indonesia) is exclusively from plantations subject to strict government control, and where a reforestation program is permanently applied for the protection of this natural resource and the environment.. The responsible manufacturers certify this data.
Let us also remember our obligation to seek solutions that will ensure a sustainable garden.