|Chairs and Tables Limited
The Estate Office
Phone: 01502 575 916
Teak is a sturdy, water resistant, close grain hardwood. Teak’s natural oil and rubber content along with its beauty, strength and resistance to weather make it a treasured wood. Teak can withstand a variety of weather conditions - rain, frost or snow, and is immune to rotting, fungi and highly resistant to insects.
Teak is a natural product and adjusts, very slightly, to its surroundings. We take great care to kiln dried each item slowly to reduce the moisture content of the furniture down to below 14% so that the furniture best suits the drier northern european climate. Occasionally the furniture will develop small cracks due to the wood ‘breathing’, expanding and contracting, due to various weather conditions, and the moisture content in the air. This is called "checking". The wood absorbs moisture which makes it swell a little. The hairline cracks usually happen on the end grain sections, which are the thick rounded corners as in the arm on a chair, usually where you can see the rings of growth. These cracks come and go depending on the season and do not affect the strength, performance, or life expectancy.
If your teak garden furniture requires cleaning this can be done with a normal household bristle brush [not too hard] and some warm mildly soapy water. Wash down afterwards with clean water. There are also proprietary cleaners on the market, which can also be used to clean off various deposits and accumulated dirt and stains.
We do not recommend the use of high pressure hoses, and steel wool or steel wire brushes should not be used at all as any residue left in the grain will rust and discolour the wood.
If the furniture has some stubborn and heavily ingrained stains these can be removed by sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper, being sure to work only with the direction of the timber grain. After sanding stains away like this, if the furniture was previously teak oiled you may wish to re-oil, or if it had previously been left natural, the fresh teak colour exposed by sanding will soon mellow in with the existing silver grey patina.
Teak furniture does not need to be stored during the winter months and can be left outdoors, uncovered, all year round. If you choose to cover your furniture outdoors during the winter then you should use a material that allows the wood to breathe.