Teak furniture is some of the most popular, beautiful, and long-lasting pieces of furniture in the world. The natural consistency and oils of the wood allow teak furniture to undergo virtually no damage or changes due to rain or sunlight. Although the furniture stays durable and valuable under harsh conditions, teak is a wood and wood changes colors.
The good news is that teak furniture can be restored and has the potential to look like brand new furniture. This is especially good news for vintage furniture buyers, as teak furniture is very popular due to the Danish Modern style made popular in the 50s and 60s. Even these vintage pieces of teak furniture can be restored to their original colors.
The color of weathered teak furniture is purely subjective; some love the grayish tint while others prefer the original golden, honey color of fresh teak. Even if your teak furniture has undergone some color changes, it is easy to restore and refinish without leaving any damage to the piece.
The first step is to gently wash the teak furniture. This needs to be done with soap specific to teak furniture which you can find at a hardware or home improvement store. Washing before sanding is preferred because it will remove all of the dirt, making sanding a little easier. Before continuing on, the teak furniture should be completely dry and it is recommended that you leave the furniture to dry overnight.
The next step is to sand the dried teak furniture until you see the honey-color of the wood. Be careful not to sand too hard and you should always sand in the direction of the grain of the wood. Tools you will need for this process are fine grain sand paper, an orbital sander, gloves, and goggles. A cloth underneath the furniture should also be put down to prevent a great mess during sanding. Continue sanding each section evenly until all of the gray color is sanded off.
Next, you will need to wipe down the furniture with a cloth very carefully to remove all dust particles. Protecting the teak furniture after it has been sanded is important if you do not plan on applying oil right away because stains are very likely during this stage. Before applying oil, always be sure the furniture is dry and clean.
Now you will need to purchase teak oil which will restore the natural oils already found in teak. These oils can be wiped away with everyday use and the oil will take very easily to the furniture when applied. The teak oil should be applied with a soft cloth or brush and done one coat at a time. The glowing honey color will quickly begin to shine. Let the teak furniture dry and soak up all of the oils before re-applying more coats.
After the teak furniture stops absorbing the teak oil, that is your sign to stop applying oil. After all of the oil is absorbed and the piece of furniture is dry, applying sealant is recommended so your restoration job will last for a longer time. These sealants can also be found in your local hardware or home improvement store.