How does teak age?

Initial Condition: Upon purchase, your teak furniture arrives sanded to perfection and in its natural, unfinished state, showcasing the wood's innate beauty and quality. This starting point emphasizes the teak's rich, golden hue, a testament to its premium quality and craftsmanship.

Natural Aging Process: As time progresses, your teak furniture will gracefully evolve, transitioning into an elegant patina grey. This metamorphosis is a natural characteristic of teak wood, celebrated for its aesthetic appeal. The emergence of the silver-grey patina is a hallmark of teak's aging process, reflecting its exposure to the elements and enhancing its visual charm.

Impact on Quality: It's essential to understand that the change in color from golden to grey is purely cosmetic and does not affect the furniture's structural integrity, strength, or durability. Teak is renowned for its robustness and ability to withstand environmental stresses, making it an ideal choice for outdoor furniture.

Preserving Original Color: For those who wish to maintain the original golden color of their teak furniture, applying a teak sealer is an effective measure. We recommend sealing the wood 1-2 times annually, depending on your climate and the furniture's exposure to the elements. A teak sealer acts as a barrier, protecting the wood from UV rays and environmental factors that contribute to the greying process.

Recommended Products: At Neighbor, we endorse the use of Golden Care products for both sealing and routine maintenance of your teak furniture. Golden Care's teak sealer and cleaner are designed to complement the natural properties of teak, ensuring that your furniture remains in pristine condition.

Application Guidance: Achieving optimal results with teak sealer and cleaner requires adherence to the manufacturer's instructions. Each product comes with specific guidelines for application and maintenance, designed to maximize the product's effectiveness and extend the life of your furniture. It is crucial to follow these directions closely to preserve the aesthetic and structural quality of your teak furniture.

Importance of Care and Maintenance with Covers: Even if you decide to use covers to protect your teak furniture, it is vital to maintain a regular care and maintenance routine. Covers can shield your furniture from debris and some weather conditions, but they cannot prevent all forms of wear and tear or the natural aging process of teak. Proper cleaning, occasional re-oiling (if you choose to maintain the original color), and ensuring that the furniture is dry before covering are critical steps to prevent mold and mildew growth and to keep your teak looking its best. Regularly inspect your furniture for signs of moisture and allow it to air out periodically to ensure its longevity.

Conclusion: Whether you embrace the natural greying of teak or choose to maintain its original luster with a sealer, your teak furniture from Neighbor is built to last and designed to age gracefully. By understanding the natural aging process and taking proper care of your furniture, including when using covers, you can ensure that it remains a beautiful and durable part of your outdoor living space for years to come.

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