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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions that may be of assistance to you for any concerns you may have about our products and services. If you can't find the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us for a personalized response.

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Can I leave my furniture outside in the rain, sun, and snow all year round?

Absolutely, however, as with all natural materials, the more it is exposed to the environment, the more dirt and weathering it will get. Subjected to the sun, rain, or snow, the surface of the teak will gradually turn into a soft-silver gray as only the pigments on the surface layer begin to fade. This however, this will not in any way compromise the structural integrity of your furniture.

What options do I have to protect my teak furniture from stains that can come from food and wine?

To protect the furniture from stains and mildew and to keep the graceful silvery-patina of the weathered teak, we recommend the use of Westminster’s Teak Shield will form a protective shield over the areas applied on the furniture against spills such as red wine, coffee, olive oil. With quality teak from Westminster, you also have the option of bringing it back to its original state simply with light sanding and a quick wash.

I love the rich warm tones of oiled teak, but how often should I have to oil my furniture to keep it that way?

How often your furniture needs oiling really depends on the amount or degree of exposure it is subjected to outdoor conditions. If your furniture is under the shade most of the day, say under a patio cover or lanai, then it would probably be more than 6 months before you really need to thoroughly re-oil your furniture. If however, your furniture is placed in an open area, totally exposed to the weather (sun, rain, etc) then you would probably need oiling about once every 2-3 months. Except for the occasional yearly oiling, if at all, ‘oiled’ teak furniture placed indoors or in an enclosed area (not exposed to direct sunlight or rain) is virtually maintenance free. See Teak Care for oiling procedures.

Can I stain or paint my teak furniture?

One of the unique characteristics of teak is its inherent high content of oil. This distinctive property however makes it difficult for paint to adhere to its surface and over time, through changes in temperatures and the seasons, will crack and peel. Painting may also have a secondary impact on the teakwood itself. The wood surface may not have the ability to now “breathe”, due to the sealing characteristics of the paint, but may start to develop mold and mildew in the areas where moisture is absorbed through the “cracks and peels” of the paint over time. This is why we do not recommend painting your teakwood furniture. Like paint, stain is another form of sealant, though there are types that would allow the teakwood to “breathe”. Please consult a wood paint specialist to ask a suitable type for your application, i.e. indoor or outdoor. More often than not, the use of a sealant such as stain, oils or varnish, are better suited for indoor use where the furniture is not subjected to the effects of the outdoor environment.

How do I care for my teak furniture?

The short answer is that teak needs no care or special maintenance regiment. Untreated, natural teak (without oil) will weather to a handsome soft-silvery patina within a year or so, depending on the amount of sun and weathering it is being exposed to. The use of mild soapy water and and soft brush or pad, will clean away any accumulation of dirt. Finish by hosing it down with water. Depending on the environment, you should have to do this more than twice a year. Over the years, your furniture would weather gracefully. For best results however, we recommend the use of our Teak Cleaner.
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