Reclaimed teak furniture is a beautiful and durable kind of furniture that will last you a long time if you take care of it properly. Reclaimed wood is nice, because it is helpful for the environment. Reusing natural resources instead of depleting new ones is a great way to show your support for the environment, but how do you maintain the beautiful look teak is capable of?
Cleaning Reclaimed Teak Furniture
Cleaning your reclaimed teak furniture is relatively easy. You can buy specific teak cleaner from your local home improvement store. If you can’t find teak cleaner, you can use a little bit of detergent or all-purpose cleaner diluted by water. Teak is a durable wood, so you can really scrub at it with a brush. If it’s not that soiled, you can also clean it with a rag. You can use a hose to clean the furniture, but you shouldn’t use a pressure washer, because the furniture might be damaged.
Fixing Cracks or Scratches in Your Furniture
If you have large or noticeable cracks in your reclaimed teak furniture, you can’t fully repair the appearance. You can fill the crack with glue and stop the crack from spreading. After you fill the crack with glue, it will look much better. Sand down the surface where you filled the crack with glue after the glue is finished drying. Light surface scratches can be remedied by sanding the furniture with medium grain sandpaper for deeper scratches or fine grain sandpaper for light scratches.
Preserving the Surface of Your Furniture
Depending on your preference, you might like your reclaimed teak furniture to stay the weathered silver or gray color it has turned over the years. On the other hand, you might want the new light brown tone your teak furniture originally had. Either way, the furniture still looks beautiful and is still durable. If you like the weathered look, simply wash your furniture as previously described. If you want to reveal the brown color of the wood, sand a thin layer off to reveal the color underneath. Once you’ve sanded, teak oil will help to preserve the appearance of your reclaimed teak furniture.
How to Keep Outdoor Reclaimed Teak Furniture Looking Good
If you have outdoor reclaimed teak furniture, it will weather quicker that indoor furniture. To keep this from happening you may want to clean and sand it more often than indoor furniture. You should also make sure your outdoor furniture is covered in the winter months to prevent moisture and the elements from wearing on your furniture. If you have bird droppings on your furniture, scrub them away or remove them with copper wool. They make special outdoor teak oil that has UV protectors in it so your furniture is safe from the sunlight.
If you’re purchasing reclaimed teak furniture because of the environmental value it has, make sure you don’t use any toxic paint or lacquer, because these have a harmful effect on the environment. Reclaimed teak furniture can look just a good as new with an annual cleaning and sanding.