Teak is a strong wood harvested from forests in Java and Burma. The wood has a natural golden brown color that changes over time to a silvery and eventually dark gray color when used in an outdoor setting. This whole process takes from six to nine months; the teak maintains its structural integrity, but the look is gone. You have two options: Preserve the natural color of the teak, or let it weather and enhance the new color.
Clean the wood thoroughly before it starts to change color. Dust if it is just surface dirt. Scrub or use a pressure washer if dusting does not remove all the dirt.
Apply a light coat of teak oil using a clean cloth or paint brush. Wipe away any excess oil and allow to dry.
Repeat the process every three months.
Scrub with soapy water to remover all dirt and grime either by hand or with a pressure hose. Set the gauge to a pressure of 60 to 80 bar--900 to 1200 psi. Spray from a distance of 6 to 8 feet from the wood, using a constant, gentle pressure.
Let small cracks remain; they are normal and do not need any further treatment.
Remove stains from food immediately. Soak up the stain with a cloth by applying pressure, not by rubbing. Then rub the area with sandpaper, and the stain should be gone.
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