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Patio Furniture Cleaning Tips

People who have patios often have patio furniture which remains outdoors all year long. Each year they have to clean the furniture before use. These patio furniture cleaning tips you may make the task less of a problem, especially if you have wooden or teak furniture.

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Teak patio furniture is popular because of the beauty of the wood. However, because it’s a natural product it does require extra care.

Here are some of the items you’ll need to clean your patio furniture:

* Soft bristle brush
* Laundry detergent with bleach
* Teak sealer (optional)
* Teak protector (optional)
* Teak restorer (optional)
* Clear coating (optional)

When you first get your teak furniture, decide whether you want the furniture to remain the color it is when you get it or if you want the furniture to change with exposure to the sun. Some people are adamant about keeping their furniture the original honey color; others like the silver gray patina it gets from being in the sun. Which choice you make regarding your teak patio furniture could greatly affect how you clean it.

Manufacturers generally provide care instructions with every product. This is also true for those building teak or other wooden patio furniture. They may recommend specific cleaners, but you can do just as well by mixing a solution of 2 parts laundry detergent with bleach in 1 part water. Apply this to the wood with a soft bristle brush to help remove any surface dirt.

Thoroughly rinse the teak pieces by spraying them with water to remove leftover suds or any dirt the brush has removed. If you’re satisfied with allowing the teak to develop the gray patina, this is all you’ll need to do to care for your furniture. Otherwise, you’ll want to use the following methods.

You can remove the patina from teak furniture by using a two-step process and returning it to its original finish. This process normally requires you to apply a caustic cleaner and acid which will remove the patina. Be sure to read the instructions with the cleaner to ensure you remain safe. You may also have to lightly sand the piece to fully restore it.

Seal your teak furniture with a sealer specifically developed for it. This sealant will preserve the natural honey color as well as prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Some sealers can even protect it from developing stains when used around food.

Do not use varnish or non-recommended sealers on teak wood furniture. This could damage the wood and require much more sanding in the future. You also don?t want to allow water to pool on the furniture as it will cause damage.

Knowing these patio furniture cleaning tips will help you keep your teak patio furniture looking great. Remember to follow manufacturer’s guidelines for caring for your furniture or when using chemicals to clean it.

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13 Responses to Patio Furniture Cleaning Tips

  1. Arif Shaik says:

    The description about the furniture gives the deep explanation about the teak furniture especially. The key points states the importance of the patio furniture.Good article ..

  2. Kaitlin says:

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  3. I am big fan of teak wood because of its looks and beauty. Most of furniture in my home is made up of teak wood but there were lots of information regarding teak wood from which I was unaware.

  4. Jimmy Ahyari says:

    if I read from the text above, I assume that you are someone who is very creative. Good tips Lexi!

  5. James says:

    Teak furniture is beautiful and a great choice for any deck or outdoor space. But maintaining it properly will play a key role in its overall appearance during its lifetime. Great points for keeping it looking great.

  6. John says:

    Very nice teak furniture learning center you have here. Teak is definitely one of the more underestimated types of furniture and definitely deserves more atttention.

  7. No doubt teak is the finest and expensive wood of all so extra care should be taken. These are really very good tips.

  8. [redacted] says:

    Great site to learn some patio furniture tips!!

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  10. Gina says:

    Great advice on how to clean your patio furniture! It’s always important to keep it orderly.

  11. grace gordon says:

    These tips are definitely helpful. Although patio furniture like those in furniture Brisbane withstands weather conditions, I believe that to keep your it in good condition for a long time, it’s necessary to clean it thoroughly.

  12. [redacted] says:

    Life will be much easier if you can just learn to love the gray patina that teak naturally changes to. Learn to see the beauty of the aged wood. Don’t try to fight change.