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5 Time Tested Ways to Keep Your Teak Furniture in Wonderful Condition

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Teak is deservedly known for its durability, practicality, and beauty.  Along with a moderate amount of correct maintenance, teak will retain its beauty for years to come. The teak used in House of Denmark furniture comes from a tree that is an individual, which means both grain and color vary since no two trees are the same.  

All teak used for furniture is made from solid teak, teak veneer, or a combination of both.

Other than damage by gouging, veneer surfaces are of adequate thickness to offer long-lasting durability comparable to solid teak pieces.

Teak also has a special quality in that you can remove light scratches by following a simple procedure (outlined below).

Th 5 Steps for Maintaining Beautiful Teak Furniture

  1. Day-to-day cleaning: Wipe with a clean dry cloth.

  2. Mark Removal. More stubborn marks can be removed with a cloth well wrung in water mixed with a very small amount of detergent – no more than one teaspoon per liter of water.

  3. How to remove light scratches:
    • a) Use steelwool #000 wetted with teak oil, and simply rub very lightly in the direction of the grain until the scratch is gone.
    • b) Then apply teak oil to a soft cloth and rub the entire piece of furniture to get the same finish all over.
    • c) Finally polish the entire piece with a dry cloth.

  4. Proper Oiling. Once or twice a year you should also apply teak oil in a thin layer, to your teak furniture (following instruction in 35 and 30.) This will maintain the natural beauty and lustre, as well as protect the surface against alcohol and water stains.

  5. Other Concerns? If the above does not do the job, or if the furniture has been damaged, please ask us for advice.

5 Major Dangers That Can Ruin Your Teak Furniture

  1. Moisture
    Moisture is the worst enemy of wood furniture, thus if you spill liquid on a surface, wipe it off immediately.

  2. Abrasives or Contact with Other Hard Materials
    Surfaces should be protected against rough objects. Always protect the surface when working on it.

  3. Sunlight 
    Furniture made for indoor use should never be used outside. To prevent bleaching/fading, avoid exposing wood to direct sunlight.

  4. Extreme Heat or Cold
    Never put furniture against a heater or radiator.  Additionally, extreme cold can be just as damaging.

  5. Inappropriate Lubrication
    There are many types of teak oil on the market, some of which are not appropriate for your furniture. House of Denmark carries the right oils, so please contact us if you need assistance.