Taking Care of Teak Wood Furniture
Material, Maintenance & Storing of Teak Wood
Cane-line teak furniture is made from WWF-GFTN certified wood, which is your guarantee, that the wood has been sourced from responsibly and sustainably managed forests. Teak is a hardwood, which is ideal for outdoor use due to its high oil content. Our teak furniture is delivered untreated. If the furniture remains untreated, the teakwood will patina over time and turn a pale grey colour. If you wish to retain the original golden colour, we recommend treating teak furniture with a recommended teak sealant. Please note, that teakwood is a natural product and therefore continues to change. This means, that small cracks can develop due to drying and that slats can warp slightly. At the beginning of the product life circle, teak can separate natural oil. Thus, we recommend not to place a chair with a cushion under for example a table.
Maintenance & cleaning
If you wish to retain the golden colour, the furniture must be treated with teak sealant before use and on a regular basis. How often treatment is needed depends on the climate and whether the furniture is placed in a sheltered position, for example under a roof. As a general rule, teak table tops should be cleaned and treated at least a couple of times a year. If your teak furniture becomes silvery-grey or black on the surface, it can be cleaned with a recommended teak cleaner. After cleaning and rinsing thoroughly with water, allow the furniture to dry. When the furniture is completely dry, it is ready to be treated with a teak sealant. If the furniture has been exposed to the elements over an extended period of time and developed a patina, it may be necessary to sand it down before cleaning and treating it. Clean daily with a moist cloth, water and washing-up liquid. Alternatively, use a soap flake solution to saturate the wood so that the furniture does not get stain as easily. You can also use a lukewarm cloth or a soft sponge for cleaning of your teak furniture.
There are several ways to properly store your furniture in autumn and winter months for maximum protection and to make spring cleaning easier. 1) It is best to store your furniture on a covered terrace, patio or carport, where it is protected from the elements. 2) Alternatively, it can be left outside under a furniture cover. Please note, however, that condensation can form under the furniture cover, which can cause mould and mildew. Therefore, make sure to lift the cover away from the furniture to ensure proper air circulation and minimise condensation.