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Care and Maintenance
What should I expect from my new teak outdoor furniture?

When new, teak wood furniture has a rich golden color and will age to a soft silvery patina over time. This process takes anywhere from six to twenty-four months depending on the climate and seasonal exposure. The weathering process moves faster in moist climates but will all even out in the end, leaving us with a stunning end-result: Furniture pieces that, just like fine wine, age beautifully with time.

Teak wood contains natural oils which help prevent it from rotting or deteriorating even in wet climates. When the teak is new, these oils move to the surface of the wood and cause the teak to turn gray or even black due to mold and mildew, which is feeding on the oil. Before placing cushions on your new teak furniture, remove dust from manufacturing by wiping the furniture piece with a damp cloth. Some of the oil in the new teak will bleed out following the first few rainfalls. To protect your cushions, bring them inside. Cushion stains from teak bleeding are not covered under warranty. Once the teak has begun to grey out, it will not bleed out oil and stain the cushions.

To protect your sling furniture, move sling chairs out from under teak tables for the first few rainfalls. This tip also applies to fabric umbrella canopies used on teak umbrella frames. Again, after the aging process has begun and the teak has begun to grey out, it will no longer bleed oil.

During the weathering process, you may notice “checking” or small cracks that appear in the end grain of the wood, caused by a slight expansion and contraction of the surface. Checking is cosmetic and will not impact the structural integrity of the furniture; therefore, will not be covered by our warranty. You may also see some lifting of the grain which will disappear at the end of the weathering process, sometimes you will even get water spots or other kinds of discoloration. Regardless, your furniture will end up with a lovely soft silvery patina, which will always even out over time and with periodic cleaning.

We do not recommend using teak oils or finishes and will not warranty our furniture after these products are applied. For more information on teak care, please contact us via email and our team will assist you with further details.

When should I clean my teak furniture?

Naturally, all furniture left outdoors will take damage from environmental factors (pollen, insects, pollution, etc.) and will need to be cleaned periodically. It is highly recommended to clean the furniture at least two times a year to remove build-up dirt from the environment.

We recommend starting hosing down the furniture with fresh water. Avoid a high-pressure hose as this can erode the surface of the timber.

Next, scrub the wet furniture using a soft bristle brush and a solution of 2/3 cup of laundry detergent and 1/4 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of warm water.

Afterward, rinse the entire piece with fresh water to remove any remaining cleaning solution.

*For deeper cleaning, we recommend using our Teak Cleaner. This is a simple and safe cleaner formulated specifically for teak, which will remove the silver-gray patina look and restore the furniture to a golden-brown color.

Is there any way to protect my table from food stains?

To protect your table or any piece of teak furniture from coffee, red wine, salad dressing, and other food stains, we recommend using HiTeak’s Teak Shield. Our Teak Shield is a transparent, safe product that can be used on clean, naturally weathered wood. It creates a protective barrier that helps prevent stains from penetrating the wood. It’s best to wipe away any spills with a damp cloth as soon as possible. We recommend applying it two or more times per year depending on usage and exposure.

How do I care for sling and woven straps?
  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow soap to soak in
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Allow it to air dry

* If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.

Prepare a special cleaning mixture:

  • Mix four ounces (half a cup) of chlorine bleach, two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap (no detergents), and one gallon of water
  • Clean with soft bristle brush
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Allow it to air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary

PREVENTION & PRESERVATION

One of the best ways to keep sling fabrics and wove straps looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose the fabric off on a monthly basis with clean water. This practice will help eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough or deep cleaning will be needed every two to three years. These fabrics can be cleaned while still on a frame or they can be removed for cleaning. Please keep in mind to protect your sling furniture during the first few usages by moving sling chairs out from under teak tables for the first few rainfalls.