The ideal wood for leisure furniture.
For centuries teak has been used in its native countries as an extremely versatile building material; the ancient houses in Burma and Thailand are living testament to its durability. With its tight grain structure and inherent stability it is as strong as denser woods but much more easily portable, making it a far more practical option for leisure furniture.
Unlike plantation teak, genuine teak exhibits an even golden-brown colouration, a fact easily seen when a direct comparison is made. Inferior plantation teak will have irregular chocolate-brown markings, and a much less consistent grain pattern.
Using only genuine teak grown in Burma and Thailand means that supply is very strictly controlled.
Only trees which meet the national minimum girth limits are allowed to be harvested. All the forests from where the teak is sourced are managed under sustained yield principles, approved by the International Timber Treaty Organisation (ITTO).
Care and Maintenance
Virtually immune to the stresses of climate, teak furniture, windows or doors require little or no basic maintenance.
However, as is sensible with all items exposed to the elements, a periodic cleaning with either a pressure hose or a very mild detergent and brush will remove any natural stains and prevent the growth of algae.
During prolonged exposure, as with all hardwoods, a silver-grey patina will develop on the surface of the wood. This does not affect the stability or durability of the furniture and, in fact, acts as a barrier to the worst attacks of nature. Should you wish to maintain or restore the original appearance of the wood, then there are several recommended methods available.
Initial and continued application of a Teak Oil will slightly darken the overall colour of the wood, but will prevent any patination. However for wood that has developed a patina, treatment with a specialist Oxalic cleaning product or a light sanding will restore the natural teak colour; after which application of a teak oil will maintain this fresh appearance.
Over the course of time it is possible to ‘read’ the wood’s condition and then judge what, if any, response is required.
* Species information has been provided by www.woodworkingnetwork.com