Keep your garden furniture looking good with natural teak
Don't gloss over your outdoor tables and benches with paint
Teak Oil is an ideal way of giving a weatherproof
treatment to your garden furniture. It is a natural substance derived (or
should be) from managed stocks of teak hardwood trees. Using hardwood
products has understandably got bad publicity in recent years but if the
teak oil is produced from sustainable sources then the environment is not
being damaged by deforestation and you can rest easy when purchasing this
material. The can should reassure you but don't be afraid to ask for more
information if you aren't sure.
Because teak oil goes such a long way, cans are relatively small - 500 ml or
1 litre in size. A small tin of teak oil can easily be used to apply two
coats to a wooden table and bench - all you need for a year's protection
from the elements. Apply the teak oil with a rag or, better still, a clean
paintbrush making sure to massage it in to all exposed areas. A complete set
of garden furniture can be protected in only a matter of a few hours.
At first the timber will darken slightly but that is just because it is wet.
Allowing the teak oil to dry for a day will bring back the wood's natural
colours. On the subject of colours, the oil comes in different shades and
can be used to lighten, darken, yellow or redden the colour of the
furniture. We only use the natural colour but the choice is yours.
The two great things about teak oil over varnish and paint is that the
timber's texture is unaffected and that there is no danger of a sticky
excess being deposited on your clothes on a hot day. Paint and varnish take
a lot longer than overnight to dry and, since they are both to a large
extent thermosetting, they never really do. Teak oil soaks into the wood and
therefore it does not leave residue to rub off. This is particularly
important if there are small children or pets a about.
Teak oil really does extend the life of your valued garden furniture - for
example we bought our tables and benches 10 years ago and treat them
annually with oil - they are still in a very good condition and I look
forward to not buying new ones for many years to come.
If you have wooden garden furniture, I definitely recommend making it last
longer with teak oil.
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