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Care of Outdoor Teak Root Furniture

Teak root wood resists weathering for many years. Because of this, teak root furniture requires little care, even when left outdoors. The natural oils inside teak wood prevent the penetration of water and stains that would harm most other woods. When left alone, teak root furniture weathers to a gray color. Teak requires only occasional cleaning to remove dirt, and drilling to allow the drainage of water. To restore the furniture to a darker glow, you may apply teak oil. However, teak oil does not necessarily extend the life of teak root furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Mild dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Teak oil
  • Paintbrush
  • Rags
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    • 1

      Drill a small hole in areas of the furniture where water pools, if desired.

    • 2

      Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and mix in 1 tsp. of mild dish soap.

    • 3

      Gently brush dirt and debris off the furniture with a soft-bristle brush and rinse.

    • 4

      Allow the furniture to dry and apply a thin layer of teak oil to the surface with a paintbrush. Rub off excess oil with rags. Repeat once each year.