Teak is considered one of the most sought after hardwoods in the world. Its dense grain and high natural oil content give it both strength and beauty. Fresh teak is best described as a warm, golden color. Over time the wood slowly matures into a silvery gray patina.
Cleaning and sealing teak every 1-2 years is a great way to preserve the beauty and structural integrity of your teak furniture.
1. Clean. Start by using warm water, dish soap and a scrub brush to clean the surface of your furniture. This will remove any dirt or mildew that has accumulated over time.
2. Sand. Once the wood is clean & dry, gently sand your furniture. This is a great time to remove any scratches or stubborn stains. We recommend starting with a low grit sandpaper (120-180) and finishing with a high grit sandpaper (220-320). Make sure to always follow the direction of the wood grain.
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3. Seal. Using a foam or bristle brush, apply sealer to the teak. Brush on a generous amount and let the wood absorb as much as it can. Teak sealers are designed to seal the trees natural oils & resins inside the wood, therefore preserving the wood's durability. We like to use Semco teak sealers and chose the "Honeytone" shade for this project.