Cleaning Teak

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  • By Paul Yuncker
Cleaning Teak

Summer is just around the corner, which means outdoor parties are bound to be on the calendar. Summer cookouts and Fourth of July, anyone? Before the chaos of buying decorations, baking festive goodies and sending out invites ensues, it's time to get your outdoor furniture back into shape.

Summer is just around the corner, which means outdoor parties are bound to be on the calendar. Summer cookouts and Fourth of July, anyone? Before the chaos of buying decorations, baking festive goodies and sending out invites ensues, it's time to get your outdoor furniture back into shape.

 

Teak is a durable, low-maintence wood that only requires a cleaning once a year. We'll show you how to freshen the appearance of your teak furniture with simple household supplies in the video below and give you a step-by-step break down afterward. The teak shown is 10 years old,  so rest assured that we aren't cutting any corners.

 

Supplies needed:

  • Safety goggles
  • Bristle brush
  • Laundry or dish detergent (we used OxiClean dishwasher detergent tablets)
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Hose

Instructions:

1.) Get your goggles on and begin by wetting the furniture all over with the hose. Wet a few pieces at a time so the furniture you're not working on doesn't dry out in the sun.

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2.) Dip your brush in the detergent mix and scrub, scrub, scrub! Make sure you scrub with the grain. Don't be afraid to put some elbow grease into it to really get rid of all the surface dirt.

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3.) The furniture must remain wet as you're scrubbing, so keep hosing it down while you're working.

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4.) Once you've gotten rid of all the dirt and stains, let your furniture dry in the sun.

That's it! With just a few items, a little scrubbing and a free Sunday morning, you can restore the teak to a glowing state. Although it make take a little work once a year, the ability to clean teak yourself is one of the positive aspects of the wood, allowing you to maintain its natural beauty yourself for years to come.

Teak-ing about decorating your outdoor living space with some teak furniture? Explore our options from manufacturers like Royal Botania, Brown Jordan and Cane-Line.