Teak furniture is tropical hardwood that has a rich, golden honey color when new. However, as it begins to age and is exposed to the elements, the natural, beautiful color changes to a silvery gray patina. Teak is expensive and it’s only natural that you would take the best possible care for it. Hence, there are certain things that must be kept in mind for maintaining teak furniture. Maintenance for teak furniture starts with understanding what kind of wood teak is. This tight-grained wood has natural oils that repel bug infestations and help prevent water damage, so it is an ideal choice for teak furniture. It can fade in direct sunlight after prolonged exposure, but this will take a long time and the resulting gray finish is often just as beautiful as the gold color of young teak. The wood is exceptionally strong and durable, though it is susceptible to denting or chipping like any other type of wood. While it is resistant to moisture damage, you will still want to store outdoor furniture in a dry place during the winter months to care for teak furniture properly.
Teak oil can be purchased at hardware stores or other supply stores. It is not exceptionally expensive, and it is something you should regularly have on hand to care for teak furniture. Read the recommended usage on the bottle you purchase. If no recommendations are given, decide whether you want to preserve the honey-brown color or if you want the teak to eventually turn the grayish shade characteristic of old and antique teak.