A patio is that part of the house which is not exactly inside the house, yet is generally the favorite space with most of the members of the house. Whether it’s for enjoying the summer evening breeze, or relaxing after a hard days work, or just spending some time with the family, a patio is surely a gift to the people who can afford one. And with the thought of a patio, the next thought that comes in mind is the furniture for the place. There are varieties of patio furniture. But teak patio furniture is the best option. One may ask here, why teak patio furniture? Well, teak is the most obvious choice for outdoor furniture.
Teak patio furniture has a certain elegance which is unique. It adds a grace to the exterior of the house. But more importantly, teak is much more durable than any other wood. In earlier days, teak wood was a favorite with the royalty. Teak wood requires minimum maintenance. Teak wood, because of the oils in it, is safe from natural decay and wood worms, more than most of the other woods. And teak has a beautiful understated sheen, which makes it a favorite.
Teak patio furniture come in various forms. You can set up a complete dining space in the patio with dining tables, chairs,bar tables and bar stools. You can create a more living room atmosphere in the patio by choosing a coffee table, with benches and chairs. You can go for a single teak chair or a luxury lounge chair. Variety is the other name when it comes to teak patio furniture.
You can also choose the shade of the furniture. You can have your teak furniture in it’s natural honey color or you can have it in a warm rich glowing shade of brown. Again some people like their teak with the natural coating of patina. Due to being exposed for long hours in the sun, the teak turns a silvery gray shade. This is called the patina coating. Many people prefer the patina as it is the easiest to maintain.
If you want the warm rich glow, you’ll have to oil your teak patio furniture. If you want the patina to be there, all you need to do is just clean the furniture with a 2:1 mixture of laundry detergent and bleach, mixed with water. Use a soft bristled brush to clean the furniture. Make sure you wash it off with enough water to remove all traces of dirt as well as soap. Besides there are specialized teak cleaners for cleaning your teak patio furniture. Doing this will keep the furniture clean and will allow the patina to develop well. But if you want to remove the patina, use commercially available teak cleaners that are made to remove the silvery gray coating. This patina removing has to happen in two steps. First you will have to clean your teak patio furniture with the base cleaner, which is usually a caustic soda and then you need to clean it again with an acid, like phosphoric acid. Sometimes, if your teak patio furniture is too much weathered, you might have to additionally scrub it with a scrubber or use a sand paper.
Remember, oil from food and other food stains can leave marks on your teak furniture. To protect you furniture from any stains, use a teak clear coat, which is commercially available. And though teak has it’s natural oils to protect it from water, yet it’s not a good idea to let water accumulate near and around your furniture. Remember, you don’t need to put any oil varnish or water sealer coating on your furniture. Let it glow in its own radiant color.