Summer Classics teak is made of the highest quality slow growth plantation raised teak. Here are some tips for maintaining and cleaning teak.
Teak is the best wood for use in outdoor furniture and any other outdoor applications like marine use because of the high oil and rubber content in the wood. These high levels within the wood help to prevent the wood from water absorption and rotting. When raw teak wood is exposed to the elements it will begin to grey or silver over time. This beautiful silver-grey patina is actually caused by oxidization and loss of natural oils in the wood.
Just like wooden porches, doors, framing, banisters and railing, wooden furniture products will respond to outdoor conditions of humidity, dampness, light change, moisture penetration and micro-concentration of elements. Depending on the environment, natural graying and/or weathering color change may become noticeable after only a few weeks. In drier climates teak will take several months to weather. If teak is exposed to infrequent moisture, the color will fade slowly with minor discoloration. In moist climates, where furniture is subjected to regular dew and sunshine, teak furniture will weather more quickly.
Teak is a natural product which has natural characteristics. Just as no two hand-made or hand touched products are exactly alike; no two teak wood slats are exactly alike. Each component is cut at different times from different areas of aged trees.
Each component and product may respond differently to environmental conditions causing one piece to darken or grey more than another. Regularly cleaning teak and/or applying a sealer or protector will help to maintain a consistent appearance of the teak wood product. Teak is the best wood for outdoor furniture but cosmetic issues will occur. These cosmetic issues do not affect the structure and durability of the product.
At Summer Classics we recognize the need for our guests to maintain teak in the finish fashion in which they prefer. We developed Summer Classics teak cleaner, protector and shield. These quality products provide the highest quality look and finish for premium grade teak.
There are several ways to clean and maintain teak furniture:
Things to know about cleaning teak:
- Teak is the best wood to use in outdoor furniture and any other marine grade applications due to the high oil and rubber content in the wood. The high level of oil and rubber in the wood helps prevent the wood from rotting but all natural wood will grey when exposed to the outdoor environment.
- Black spots on the product after being exposed to the outdoor environment are a result of humidity build up in the wood and are natural mold spores. These spots can be cleaned, and should not be considered a defect.
- If you have a rough area on a natural teak product and prefer smooth teak you may use a fine sand paper and/or a piece of standard cardboard to sand down the wood to a smooth touch. Do not sand your Weathered teak as you will sand off the Weathered finish.
- Do not use power sanding as heating may cause dark marks on the wood.
- Before using our teak care products, you must ensure you have an environment suitable for refinishing.
- You must clean all teak product on a disposable plastic or thick fabric drop cloth. This will prevent you from staining or damaging the surface under the product being cleaned.
- The Teak Cleaner, Protector, and Shield if in contact may affect grass, plants and some types of flooring or pavement.
- Nearly all teak, treated with normal teak oil, will weather in 4-8 weeks.
After preparing your environment for teak cleaning moisten the furniture with clean water. Then apply teak cleaner(PNT-00359) with a soft cloth or a clean sponge. Allow the cleaner to soak in for 3 minutes. (Use gloves.) Next brush the wood clean with a scrubbing pad that is provided with the teak cleaner bottle or soft brush in the direction of the wood grain. After the cleaner is applied the product has to completely dry before applying teak protector.
Clean your teak product before winter storage and then prior to regular usage. Once the product is cleaned and completely dry it may be placed in rain, sun or snow.
If you prefer the color of new teak, use Teak Cleaner to restore the color and apply the Teak Protector to preserve the color. If you only clean the teak wood it will continue to grey and age when exposed to the outdoor environment.
As mentioned, weathered teak is a hand applied oil-based finish designed to achieve an out-of-the-box, aged teak appearance. The raw teak wood is distressed to achieve the aged texture and to open the pores creating adhesion for the multi-layered Weathered Teak finish.
The weathered teak finish is intended to be a maintenance free finish but some cleaning over time will be needed. Spring, summer and early fall this bench sat in a wooded area under oak, hickory and gum ball trees. It was not cleaned for 6 months.
Black dots, yellowing, dark streaks and even insects & bugs are part of this products response to extreme outdoor conditions of rain, heat and sun light.
- Black dots are easily cleaned with teak cleaner. Black dots are not to be considered a defect.
- Yellowing is the aging of the natural wood under the weathered finish. This will fade away once exposed to the sun.
If you want to maintain or bring the natural golden color back you can add teak protector(PNT-00360) to maintain the natural color. In order to preserve the golden teak color it is important to apply the protector before the teak becomes gray since preventing the graying results in less work than restoring the teak with teak cleaner. Teak Protector lasts four times longer than applied teak oil and two times longer than applied teak sealer.
Teak Protector should be used when the teak furniture starts to grey. Clean the product using the teak cleaning instructions. Make sure the area is completely dry after cleaning before applying the teak protector. Once dry apply a very thin layer over the cleaned area with a dust free cloth. Wait 30 minutes and apply a second thin layer.
If you apply too much in one application a slight color variation may occur.
Protector application is fast and easy to apply and is 100% water based. It is not oil or greasy. Clothes and cushions will stay clean. Teak protector is resistant to mold and prevents black spots on teak. It actually penetrates into the pores of the teak and contains unique UV inhibitors and re ectors. In less than an hour and almost becomes invisible. Unlike oil application, Teak Protection, once allowed to dry a few hours, will not damage clothing. You must allow the teak protector to fully dry before use. If you use products before the teak protector is dry completely, cloths or cushions can be stained. This should be applied at least once a year.
Teak shield(PNT-00361) is a third product that can be applied to outdoor teak the teak shield will prevent food stains (coffee, red wine, olive oil, ketchup, etc.) from penetrating into teak. It will produce a transparent protective layer on the wood but not penetrate the wood like the protector. It rejects moisture and dirt and helps prevent and reduce mold and mildew growth.
New Product: Allow new products to weather outside for two weeks before applying the teak shield and or clean with Teak Cleaner. A degree of natural oil in the product is needed to be reduced before application.
First clean with teak cleaner(PNT-00359). Make sure the wood is 100% dry and free from dust.
If cleaned wood feels rough in some areas sand lightly and clean thoroughly before treating with Teak Shield.
Now apply a thin layer of shield with a clean soft cloth and allow drying for 4 hours. After 4 hours a second thin layer should be applied.
Wait 48 hours before exposing to moisture.
To maintain the natural golden color, Teak protector should be applied several times a year. Table tops will need regular applications.
- Teak will age overtime and will need to be cleaned and treated annually. If you re nish rst follow the Teak Cleaner steps, the teak cleaner will remove Teak Shield. After the wood dries, it can be lightly sanded if needed.
- Placing Teak Shield over Teak Protector will help repel water penetration but only for a short time since the Shield cannot soak into fully into the wood.
- Do not place Teak Protector over Teak Shield as Shield will not allow Protector to perform penetration.
STAIN TEST ON A WEATHERED PRODUCT UNCLEANED AND EXPOSED FOR 6 MONTHS
Teak Protector is not recommended to be used on the weathered teak nish, only for natural teak.
Teak Stain Test
When you release expectations, you are free to enjoy things for what they are instead of what you think they should be. – Mandy Hale
A standard stain test was performed on a weathered teak bench that had 6 months of outside exposure from spring to fall while sitting in an open wooded area with no covering.
Stain test involve wiping down a product with a damp clean cloth, letting the item dry and then applying mustard, ketchup, olive oil, grape juice and red wine.
THE FOUR SLATS THAT ARE BEING TEST ARE
1. Natural slat uncleaned and only protected by its inner oil weathered coating.
2. One slat cleaned and then covered with two layers of teak protector. (This is actually to be used on natural teak wood, but has been applied to the weathered product for discovery.)
3. A third slat cleaned and the covered with two layers of teak shield.
4. A final fourth slat cleaned with teak cleaner but left without product application.
Notice that the natural uncleaned and untouched slat did not allow the grape juice or red wine to remain in place but allowed it to flow along the wood grain and off the back of the slightly tilted seat pan area.
The test product will sit untouched for 2 hours and then is wiped clean a damp cloth. Finally the area is sprayed with water 2 times, gently wiped in the direction of the wood grain and allowed to dry.
*Teak Protector will “yellow” produced weathered teak #15. Remember, it is for natural colored teak.
NICE! TEAK DOES WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO!
Note: After 48 hours both the light mustard stain completely disappeared due to the natural oil protection in the teak.
Conclusion for stain testing weathered teak: The product basically takes care of itself with its natural oil content and should just be regularly cleaned with water and mild soap or our specified teak cleaner. Its oil not only helps preserve it through the variations of outdoor environment, but also protects it from rot and insect destruction. However, if the product usage is susceptible to continued staining, shielding can be used.
Teak is a beautiful, natural product with a unique look and feel. Impervious to pests, sun and humidity, this material will last for years of enjoyment. With minimal maintenance and with quality teak cleaning products can last for generations providing beauty and comfort for your home.