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How to protect outdoor wooden furniture?

Teak is a natural material with its own charm and characteristics. As teak naturally has dents, scratches, knocks and knots, no two pieces are the same.  Teak is a wood that ages well. Over time it develops a silver-grey shade that keeps adding to its charm.

Between our three stores – Auckland, Christchurch and Tauranga – we sell a lot of outdoor teak furniture. Our LIFE Outdoor Living range made from recycled teak is especially popular.

Teak wood outdoor furniture is a great choice because it is naturally resistant to weather. It contains oils that repel water, and this means that it is less likely to crack or warp. It can withstand all the elements that the New Zealand weather throws at is, and when you give it the proper care, you can expect it to last for many years.

Our clients understandably want their outdoor furniture to stay looking great for years, so we also get asked a lot of questions about how to care for teak outdoor furniture, and over the years we’ve become pretty expert on the topic. We recommend the Golden Care Teak and Hardwood range of products to clean, protect and maintain teak’s silver-gray color for a long period of time, without getting green deposits. These wooden care products slow the growth of algae and fungi to guarantee the typical light-gray patina of your furniture for a long time.

Delta Teak Outdoor Lounge
Block Teak Sunbrella outdoor furniture

Care for wooden outdoor furniture that’s simple and safe.

The Golden Care products make caring for outdoor wooden garden furniture easy. They will keep your outdoor furniture looking new and to give it long term protection against the effects of the weathering process. These care products cause minimal impact to the environment.

To clean and restore discoloured, dark grey teak and hardwood, we recommend Golden Care Teak Cleaner. This water-based formula is a high concentration cleaner with brightener ingredients, so it cleans while bringing back the original colour of new teak or hardwood.

Unlike most other cleaners require a 2-step-process – a separate clean and brighten – you can do it all in one in half the time.

After Gloden Care Teak Cleaner has been used, a Teak Protector then bring the colour back. We recommend Golden Care and at Modern Style we stock the full range.

Teak Protector

Want you new outdoor wooden furniture to turn a beautiful gray?

Leave your furniture outside for 4 to 8 weeks, so that it becomes a slightly pale yellow color, then apply Golden Teak Shield according to the directions on the packaging.

Teak Shield does not turn the light brown teak into silver-grey teak immediately. The Teak Shield slows down the color change process. When teak turns silver-gray because of the UV sunlight, it then remains silver-gray for a very long time. Teak Shield helps to prevent teak furniture from turning from the silver- gray to the dark gray/green which can be a sign of fungus build up.

Teak Shield does not contain pigments, so the product is transparent. The resin particles of Teak Shield adhere onto the wood  molecules, rejecting moisture and dirt so no mildew growth will occur. This results in a beautiful silver-gray patina.

And the really good news? Treating your furniture with Golden Teak Shield once a year is usually sufficient.

Teak Cleaner

Golden Teak Protector makes life easier because it preserves teak furniture, is easy to apply, and lasts much longer than ordinary teak sealers or teak-oils. it will last an entire season without needing to reapply. Nearly all teak treated with normal teak-oil turns gray in 4 to 8 weeks. After that, the teak needs to be cleaned and oil reapplied. Three or four treatments may be needed to maintain the teak for an entire season, which can be a lot of work. 

Surface coatings such as a varnish, do not last forever. Water eventually penetrates the coating, causing cracking and/or peeling. Coatings must be sanded to remove them, which makes maintenance burdensome. Also, teak garden furniture with shiny coatings on the teak doesn’t look natural. Since Golden Teak Protector penetrates into the pores of the teak, it becomes almost invisible: treated and protected teak looks as good as new natural teak.

Teak Shield

Take a good look at our full range of outdoor wooden furniture care products. We deliver outdoor furniture accessories NZ wide. You can shop with us from anywhere in New Zealand online and enjoy secure payments. Alternatively, you can have your outdoor furniture accessories delivered to our outdoor furniture shop in Auckland, Tauranga or Christchurch.