What to Know About Maintenance of Teak Furniture in Boston MA

 If you need some helping oiling, varnishing or staining your teak furniture and other surfaces, this post is for you. 

Here is the general process and other tips: 

Preparing Your Teak Furniture

The surface of your teak will probably have turned gray during the winter period: do not worry too much, this is typical of teak furniture, especially in the exterior. This phenomenon is the natural aging of wood; dead cells turn gray. 

Aging is particularly rapid in teak given its density. To bring your wood back to its natural color, ready to receive a new finishing layer, you must first treat its graying.

To do this, use a degreasing agent for wood, which will treat the lignicolous fungi that proliferate on the surface of the wood (and cause graying).

Degreasing Your Furniture Using the Teak Restorer

A 00 steel wool pad is dipped into the product and then applied by rubbing in the direction of the grain of the wood.

To prevent the Renovator from drying out early and leaving a contaminant on your surface, don’t apply it under direct sunshine. 

Then, rinse the surface using a cotton wick or cloth, also soaked in the renovator. 

Let it dry before covering with a finishing product – wait for at least 24 hours.

Sand the Wood

Since we are dealing with an extremely hardwood, it’s important to sand it using a 100 grit sandpaper. Sand in the direction of the grain of the wood and without applying excessive pressure. Change the paper frequently to ensure the best possible sanding.

Refresh the Finish of Your Teak Furniture wit oil

If you are looking to keep the original color of your wood, teak oil is the solution. Teak oil offers the advantage of preserving the natural richness of your wood while preventing its graying.

After the application, you will still be able to see the wood grain and retain the natural beauty of the wood. 

Soak a cotton wick and simply apply the oil to the surface. Then, after one hour, the surface is brushed using a polishing brush. Apply a single coat, but it is recommended to apply one coat in the spring and then another one in fall.

Varnishing the Teak

If you bought a varnished piece of furniture or if you apply this finish to it, maintenance will be necessary. The frequency of the latter will depend on the exposure of your furniture to climatic conditions for exterior furniture (every 2 to 5 years).

When the varnish begins to flake, care must be taken so that the wood retains its appearance and protection. 

Consider using a satin or gloss marine varnish. This varnish will give a dark and satin/shiny appearance, accentuate the contrasts of the wood, and give it a smooth texture.

Consider varnishing only the visible parts of the furniture to let it breathe as much as possible on the invisible parts. Wood that does not breathe can darken and deteriorate.

To do this;

  • Sand the cabinet with sandpaper (120 grit).
  • Clean it with a dry cloth to remove dust.
  • Apply the varnish with a brush or roller, in a uniform and covering layer.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Sand again lightly with sandpaper (120).
  • Repeat the operation twice to obtain a 3-layer varnished piece of furniture.

Book a Free Estimate.

Staining or oiling your teak furniture, deck or fence can be overwhelming if you don’t have the skills, experience, and tools. 

At Total Pro Painters, we have years of experience in exterior and interior home painting and staining, currently serving Boston Massachusetts homeowners. 

If you would love to give us a try, call us today at (774) 509-0345 for a FREE estimate!

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