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Protecting teak outdoor furniture

Teak is a naturally beautiful timber with its own charm and characteristics. As teak naturally has dents, scratches, knocks and knots, no two pieces are the same. It has golden-brown tones and tight, typically straight, grain and varying textures. Teak requires little maintenance even if left uncovered outdoors.

Teak wood outdoor furniture is a great choice because it is naturally resistant to weather; it ages well. 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.

There are a few popular options for teak finishes: natural/unfinished, sealed or oiled

delta corner teak outdoor set

Our clients understandably want their outdoor furniture to stay looking great for years. Between our four furniture stores – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch – we sell a lot of outdoor teak furniture 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.

What to put on outdoor teak furniture?

We recommend the Golden Care Teak and Hardwood range of products to clean, protect and maintain teak over a long period of time. 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 wood care products also have minimal impact on the environment.

If your garden furniture set has weathered and shows dark-grey and green patches, and you would like to restore it to a nice silver colour, we would recommend you clean your teak furniture with Golden Teak Cleaner. This will remove the deposits from the teak and return the wood to the original pale brown colour. Most other cleaners require a 2-step-process – a separate clean and brighten – but as you only use one application, with Golden Teak Cleaner you can clean your teak furniture in half the time.

Golden Care Teak Cleaner is a water-based, high concentration cleaner with brightener ingredients, so while it cleans, it also brings back teak to its original colour.

Teak Protector

Want your new outdoor wooden furniture to turn a beautiful grey?

Left to naturally weather, it develops a silver-grey shade. If you like this look, all you need to do is sit back and wait and within a couple of months your outdoor furniture will grey naturally. Simply, leave your furniture outside for 4 to 8 weeks, so that it becomes a slightly pale-yellow colour, then apply Golden Teak Shield. Teak Shield helps to prevent teak furniture from turning from the silver-grey to the dark grey/green which can be a sign of fungus build up. Only treating your furniture with Golden Teak Shield once a year is usually sufficient.

Ensure that the teak is 100% dry. Apply a layer of Golden Teak Shield using a soft lint-free cloth and allow it to penetrate into the wood. Allow it to dry for 4 hours and apply a second coat. Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours before exposing it to weather conditions.

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-grey patina.

Teak Cleaner

Golden Teak Protector maintains the golden-brown colour of teak for a longer time. It is an easy-to-apply protector that maintains the golden-brown colour of teak for a long time. In fact, it maintains the natural honey tomes of teak up to four times longer than teak oil. Nearly all teak treated with normal teak-oil turns grey 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. Golden Teak Protector will protect your furniture for an entire season without needing to be reapplied.

Teak oil can cause black spots on teak, whereas Golden Teak Protector prevents black spots. Because Golden Teak Protector is not an oil and it is not greasy, clothes stay clean. It is also completely water-based and solvent-free, it contains no hazardous solvents or vocs.

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 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 shops in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga or Christchurch.