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Kingsley-Bate does not recommend oiling teak furniture or the use of oil based products. If done improperly, oiling can cause mildew or irregular coloring and is not covered under warranty.
Yes. Teak has oil that occurs naturally in the wood and this oil can stain cushion fabric. Before placing cushions on your teak furniture, remove any dust from manufacturing by wiping the furniture with a damp cloth. Expect some of this oil to bleed out follwing the first few rainfalls.
Kingsley Bate's Teak Shield is a completely transparent product that makes it difficult for stains from red wine, salad oil, and coffee to penetrate wood, so that fresh spills can be wiped away with a damp cloth. We recommend applying it two or more times per year depending on use and exposure.
Teak wood furniture, when exposed to the outdoors, will form a handsome silver-gray patina. This process will take approximately nine months, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain exposure.
During the weathering process you may notice "checking" or small cracks that appear in the wood. This is perfectly natural, as wood expands and contracts slightly when left outdoors. Checking is cosmetic only and in no way affects the structural integrity of the furniture.
A lifting of the grain may occur on the top edges of the arms and legs. The grain will return to its original smooth finish after the initial weather process. To aid this process, simply clean the furniture with a soft bristle brush or sponge.
Water spots or other discoloration may also occur during the weathering process. These will even out with time and with periodic cleaning, the furniture will achieve a uniform silver-gray.
If you prefer to keep your teak wood a golden brown color, we recommend using Kingsley Bate Teak Protector. This is a purely cosmetic application. the product will maintain the golden brown color for approximately one season and can be reapplied as needed. You should wait two weeks before applying the protector to newly assembled furniture.
We strongly recommend you try it on a small area of your furniture first--such as the back of a leg or the underside of a chair---to ensure you like the results before applying it to the entire piece.
Kingsley Bate Teak Protector should be applied seasonally, or when you begin to see the teak changing color. Please note that using Teak Protector is not required and is a cosmetic application only. The only function of the Teak Protector is to prevent the teak from forming a silver gray patina during the weathering process.
The only maintenance necessary for your furniture is periodic cleaning. First, hose down the furniture with fresh water. Avoid spraying the teak with a high pressure hose, as high pressure can erode the surface of the timber.
Next, scrub the wet furniture using a soft bristle brush and a solution of 2/3 cup laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of warm water.When finished, rinse the entire piece with more fresh water to remove any remaining cleaning solution.
This procedure is sufficient for general cleaning. For more difficult stains we recommend using Kingsley Bate Teak Cleaner. This will remove the silver-gray patina and restore the furniture to a golden brown color.
Although teak wood itself will not mildew, mildew sometimes grows on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the wood. This occurs more commonly in warm, humid climates. If this happens, follow the standard cleaning instructions immediately. Do not let the mildew remain on the wood for too long. Doing so could cause stains on the wood that are difficult to remove.
We recommend periodically cleaning the surface of your teak to remove environmental deposits that could promote mildew growth. Teak Shield has also been shown to impede mildew growth.
Teak furniture may be left outside all year round without an outdoor furniture cover. Snow and freezing temperatures will not harm the furniture. If you prefer to store your furniture, we recommend doing so in a dry, unheated garage or garden shed.