- Teak has been employed for generations in outdoor construction, and its innate durability makes it an ideal choice for outdoor furniture.
- With exposure to the elements and UV radiation, teak naturally develops a silver-grey patina over time. This transformation is purely aesthetic and doesn’t compromise the structural integrity of the furniture.
- The rate of aging may vary based on weather conditions and levels of exposure, as different climates or settings can either accelerate or decelerate the aging process.
- Our factories adhere to strict quality control protocols to ensure consistency and long-lasting durability. This includes following precise curing times and having on-site finish technicians to maintain the highest standards.
Washed Brown and Weathered Grey
- The Washed Brown and Weathered Grey finishes represent a distinctive application method that is layered onto the teak wood, as opposed to traditional teak oil or stains that penetrate the wood’s surface.
- These finishes offer an appealing quality right from the outset, as they emulate the natural aging process of teak. They achieve this by incorporating wire brushing techniques and subtle grey undertones, creating an appearance that closely resembles how teak naturally weathers over time.
- As time goes by, the finish gradually wears, revealing the teak beneath.
- Since these are fully painted and sealed finishes, their aging process is intentionally slower in comparison to untreated teak. They undergo a transitional phase, resulting in a beautifully weathered appearance that evolves over time, providing customers with a unique and enduring piece of furniture.
Aging of the Finish in the 1st Season
As the finish on the furniture ages and the piece remains exposed to the elements, you may notice the emergence of small areas of untreated teak. These areas typically begin to develop a silvery patina within 1-3 months (subject to weather conditions), gradually harmonizing with the surrounding finish.
Aging of the Finish after 1-2 Seasons
- To address peeling finish, delicately brush the surface with a soft natural bristle brush in the direction of the wood grain, revealing raw areas that will naturally silver over 1-3 months and seamlessly integrate into the appearance.
- Clean the furniture with a solution of warm soapy water and then thoroughly dry it using a soft, clean cloth.
- Refrain from using aggressive cleaners and abrasive materials to preserve the finish and integrity of the furniture.
- Prevent water from pooling on your furniture’s surface.
- Quickly wipe away spills with a clean, soft cloth.
- When your furniture is not in use, cover it with a well-ventilated cover, but ensure it’s clean and completely dry before covering. If feasible, store it in a dry location when not in use.
- Store your items in well-ventilated areas to avoid the development of mold, especially in damp environments.
- The Natural finish accentuates the intrinsic beauty of teak’s grain pattern, showcasing the contrasting shades of heartwood and sapwood.
- Natural teak finishes are coated with a water-based finish that, when exposed to UV radiation, gradually deteriorates, allowing the teak beneath to develop a silvered patina within 1-3 months, contingent on the level of exposure.
Development of Patina
The initial signs of silvering become evident within 1-3 months, with the complete transformation of the teak’s appearance dependent on environmental elements and levels of exposure.
- Clean your furniture with a gentle solution of warm soapy water and ensure thorough drying with a soft, clean cloth.
- Refrain from using abrasive cleaners or harsh abrasives to maintain the finish.
- Prevent water from accumulating on the furniture’s surface, and promptly wipe away any spills with a clean, soft cloth.
- When your furniture is not in use, shield it with a well-ventilated cover, making sure it’s clean and completely dry before covering. If possible, store it in a dry environment when not in use.
- Keep your items in well-ventilated areas to prevent mold growth, especially in damp conditions.
- As the teak matures, consider the option of hiring a furniture technician for periodic light sanding and oiling to restore its natural color. This may need to be done at intervals, as the teak will continue to develop its patina.
Forms of aging in all Finishes
Apart from finish wear and the development of a silvery patina, natural aging and fluctuations in moisture levels can also manifest as joint expansion/contraction, peeling/bubbling, and hairline cracks. These occurrences are typical and do not indicate a product defect.
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- Natural Teak – Our Natural finish accentuates the natural beauty and grain of solid teak. Due to the inherent variations in the wood, each product and finish may exhibit slight differences. Over time, exposure to sun and rain will result in the Natural teak color gradually softening into a stunning silvery-grey hue, influenced by the degree of sun exposure.
- Finished Teak – Our finished teak is crafted using a wire brush and a pigment-based finish, which may develop minor imperfections like hairline cracks over time. If left uncovered, the finish will naturally fade and wear away, revealing the unfinished teak beneath. The exposed teak will then develop the exquisite silvery-grey patina characteristic of untreated teak. For optimal protection from changing weather conditions, we recommend using our furniture covers for these pieces.
WHAT TO EXPECT
As is customary with outdoor wood, teak will naturally mature into a beautiful silver-gray hue as the finish weathers and the wood is exposed to the elements. The appearance of hairline cracks and occasional peeling is intrinsic to stained outdoor woods and may occur over time; these should not be considered as defects.
CARE AND UPKEEP
To ensure the lasting enjoyment of your outdoor hardwood and wicker furniture, we recommend the following care guidelines:
- For everyday maintenance, simply wipe with a soft, dry cloth.
- Swiftly clean spills with a clean, dry cloth.
- Refrain from using abrasive cleaners and harsh abrasives.
- During extended periods of inclement weather, store the furniture indoors.
- Ensure the furniture is completely dry before storage.
- When your furniture is not in use or during inclement weather, consider covering it with outdoor covers (available separately). These covers should allow adequate ventilation to prevent moisture trapping.
Grade A teak can be left outdoors to naturally develop a silver-gray patina. When untreated, teak will gradually acquire this elegant silver-gray appearance. This transformation is purely cosmetic and does not compromise the structural integrity of the furniture. Please note that, as teak naturally contains moisture-resistant oil, a small amount of oil may emerge after the initial few rainfalls. To safeguard your cushions from potential staining, remove them before the furniture gets wet. Once the furniture achieves its natural silver-gray patina, the furniture oil will no longer pose a risk of staining the cushions.
LONG TERM CARE
To preserve the wood’s initial color, the option of applying teak oil or a sealer is available.
Teak oils offer some UV protection, but they necessitate periodic refinishing, typically once or twice a year, contingent on the extent of sun exposure. Even after sealing, it’s advisable to cover the furniture or store it indoors during adverse weather or periods of non-use.
- Our teak furniture features a meticulously hand-applied polyurethane finish, creating a weathered appearance. This process involves six steps, including the application of multiple layers of PU stains, hand sanding, and a final artisan dry brush finish, resulting in the desired aged look of the furniture.
- Much like natural teak, our finished teak will gradually transform in color over time. After approximately one to two years of exposure, the finish will give way to the natural silvery patina characteristic of aged teak.
- While our teak furniture is finished, it still requires proper cleaning and maintenance.
- To clean the finished teak, use a mild soap and water solution, applying it with a soft cloth or a brush, and rinse thoroughly.
- To prevent water, moisture, and food stains from permeating the teak’s surface, you can apply Golden Care Teak Shield. Prior to application, allow new furniture to sit outdoors for two weeks to enable the natural oils in the teak to rise to the surface.
- Natural imperfections such as hairline cracks are part of the teak aging process.
- When your furniture is not in use or during adverse weather conditions, consider storing it indoors or under cover, utilizing our protective furniture covers.