Teak contains natural oils which act as a natural preservative which resists against rot, inspects, warping and splitting. Teak can be left outdoors with very little maintenance and will simply need to be sponge cleaned with hot water and mild soap if mildew or staining occurs. Over time the wood will naturally weather to a grey silver colour.
If you prefer to maintain the golden honey colour of your teak garden furniture then a teak sealer product can be used which will resist normal weathering. We do not recommend the use of a teak stain or oil as this can damage the natural oil content in the wood.
A good quality breathable garden furniture cover may also be used to protect the wood against stains such as bird droppings and mildew. We recommend a breathable garden furniture cover is used otherwise the teak may sweat and develop mould.
Checking is a normal and natural process and occurs when teak develops small cracks in the end grain. Checking does not interfere with the strength or durability of the teak garden furniture.