Teak furniture for your outdoor patio is one of the smartest investments because of the durability of teak in all types of weather conditions. But while the wood itself is able to withstand weather conditions, it is not immune from greying and discolouring. Applying teak sealer every once in a while is a good way to restore the original colour of your teak furniture. Good preparation is key to the success of your sealing task. This guide will help you prepare your outdoor patio furniture for sealing.
Clean The Furniture Thoroughly To Remove Debris And Dust Buildup
You should begin by cleaning your teak furniture thoroughly to remove the dust and debris buildup accumulated over time. Use a hose to wash all the surface-level dirt off the furniture. Take a soft-bristled brush and scrub the wood surface gently using a solution of mild detergent and warm water to remove any scum that has embedded into the wood surface. Keep in mind that you will need to put a little more concentrated effort into stubborn dirt to loosen it from the surface. Once you're satisfied with your cleaning task, hose down your teak furniture once again.
Let Teak Furniture Dry
Before proceeding with any further steps, you must ensure that your teak furniture is completely dry for the best sealing results. Always wipe down your teak furniture after washing with water because water stains could form on the wood if they don't dry properly. This is because water contains iron. These iron particles mix with the tannins in teakwood to form dark stains. Once you wipe down the patio furniture, let it dry in the sun and over night before proceeding with sanding. If the conditions in your area are overcast and moist, then you may need to wait a little longer.
Sand To Remove Stains And Create Better Adherence
Some stains like red wine and coffee will need to be removed through a light sanding process. Sanding is not only effective for removing stains, but it also creates a better surface for superior teak sealer adherence. Start with medium-grit sandpaper to remove the imperfections on the wood and finish off with fine sandpaper for a smooth and neat appearance. Sanding also brings out the original golden teak colour because you expose a fresh wood layer. Once your sanding task is over, you're now ready to apply sealer on your teak furniture.
Follow these simple preparation steps in your quest to restore the natural golden colour of your outdoor teak furniture before sealing.