Yes, teak furniture can be kept outside all year round, even in extreme weather. However, if you live in an area with a seasonal climate you may wish to bring your teak furniture indoors or cover it over the winter to prevent it from getting dirty. Of course, any furniture left outside all year will get more dirty than furniture that is just used in the summer, but the long-term performance and durability of the furniture is exactly the same. Please do not move your teak furniture from the garden straight into a heated indoor room for storage, as the sharp differences in temperature and humidity may cause the wood split.
How and when should I clean my furniture? Teak does not require any special maintenance routine apart from occasional cleaning. If left to age naturally outside by being exposed to light, air and rain, then the surface of the teak will gradually change to a soft, silver-grey as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood start to fade away. We recommend that you simply allow your furniture to weather naturally this way and maintain the silver patina with regular, gentle cleaning with soft-soap flakes dissolved in warm water (not detergent).
SIMPLE CLEANING OF TEAK FURNITURE
To clean teak wood furniture you will need a mild detergent and water.
- Dip a sponge in a mixture of one cup of mild detergent and one gallon of water.
- Wipe the furniture to remove any dust and dirt build-up.
After the furniture has been thoroughly wiped down and cleaned, rinse the soap off the pieces and allow them to dry in the sun for two days. This will prevent the wood from becoming mildewed.