Restoring Outdoor Teak Furniture: Do's and Don'ts

Teak dining set on a deck

Restoring your outdoor teak furniture is not difficult. You will need to be careful in how you do it, though. Here are some do's and don'ts to be sure your restoration comes out right.

Outdoor Teak Furniture Do’s

  1. To clean the old, dark patina off of the teak furniture, use a mild soap and a soft bristle scrub brush. It may take a little time to remove it all, but this will restore the teak.
  2. Use teak oil on your furniture to keep it the original color.
  3. Purchase covers for your furniture for bad weather. Better yet, store your outdoor teak furniture in the off season to protect the finish.

Outdoor Teak Furniture Don'ts

  1. You will never want to leave your outdoor teak furniture in water after restoring with the above method. It will cause the teak to mold and mildew, and you will have the same issue again.
  2. If it happens to rain, dry it as soon as possible. Don't leave it wet.
  3. Don't leave your outdoor teak furniture in the sun for too long. Constant exposure to the sun will cause cause damage to the wood. The UV rays from the sun will cause the teak to split, which may not be repairable.
  4. Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners on your outdoor teak furniture. The teak is very porous and it may ruin your natural patina.