It’s been raining here in California for the past few weeks which is great we really need the rain. Customers ask us quite often what do I do with my teak outdoor furniture in the rainy season? How do I care for it?
Well Teak is very water friendly, it’s a jungle hardwood. Teak is what is used on the decks of boats for instance so you do not have to do anything to the teak in the rainy season.
If you chose to seal it with a teak sealer you will most likely see that the sealer has deterred a bit over the rainy season. It could look washed out or dull.
Not to worry, if you want to reapply the sealer just wait till it is bone dry and reseal it with the sealer of your choice.
If you see you have a few black spots here and there I recommend you first clean the furniture. Give it a good scrubbing with a soapy sponge using simple green and the scratchy side of a scotch bright blue sponge. If the black spots are still visible you can apply some laundry bleach. Let the bleach sit a few minutes then give it a scrub and rinse with water.
Buy your patio furniture extra carefully if you are living in a windy citie like San Francisco, Boston, Oklahoma City, Buffalo New York, Kansas City, Virginia Beach or Cleveland Etc. Heavy winds can blow lightweight patio furniture over and can break or damage other property around and put you in liable situation. Patio umbrellas are most vulnerable. Gusty winds can break your patio umbrella. Here are some recommendations to think about when buying your patio furniture if you are living in gusty wind area.
Make sure buy heavy patio furniture like teak patio furniture . Make sure all your furniture table and chairs are slated, it helps to reduce air pressure.
Buy a heavy umbrella stand or base. Patio umbrellas are the biggest cause for patio furniture damage. Use a have heavy umbrella base that will take most of the stress and reduce the chance of damage. So when you select your teak patio table make sure it has enough room under the table frame to add a bigger or heavier umbrella stand.
Keeping the cushions in place is can also be a problem on a windy deck or patio. If you don’t want to store your cushions then make sure they are tied very well to the furniture. It is OK to ask for extra long custom ties when your cushions are being made.
If you are planning to cover your patio furniture put all the patio chairs and tables close to each other or if possible stack them and tie all the furniture together. You can order custom made covers with extra long ties and height so that it covers the patio furniture even if it is stacked.