Teak, a light brown wood, is often used for outdoor applications because of its natural resistance to UV and weathering. It is also used in interior design: furniture, tables, decorative objects, etc. Indoors, teak will turn honey brown after a few weeks. In this article, we give you some tips for the maintenance of indoor teak tables and other furniture.
WHY MAINTAIN TEAK INTERIOR FURNITURE ?
Teak is naturally resistant to interior aggression: wood-eating insects, humidity. However, even if teak is resistant to humidity, it can deteriorate if it is exposed to this aggression on a daily basis, particularly in the case of teak dining tables or worktops. If your furniture is very exposed, we advise you to protect your wood by choosing a product that reinforces the waterproofing of the interior teak. On the other hand, if your furniture is not very exposed (teak decorative furniture for example), regular cleaning with a damp sponge seems sufficient.
If you want to know more about the maintenance of teak in a bathroom, you can read our article.
WHAT PRODUCT TO USE TO MAINTAIN INDOOR TEAK ?
We do not recommend the use of teak oil, especially because of the way it is applied. Teak oil and all oils in general must be applied very carefully. You should not apply too much oil as this will darken the wood and lose the beautiful natural colour of the teak. We often get feedback from people who are not used to oil and who are disappointed with the result. If you want to change the finish after applying oil, be aware that this will be difficult. De-oiling or sanding an oiled finish is a difficult operation. To make de-oiling easier, you can use Wood Cleaner N100 or the Concentrated Wood Cleaner N140. We recommend that you test the products on a small area before use.
The varnish forms a light film on the surface of the wood to make it resistant to moisture, stains and abrasion. Within our range, you will find the Worktop Varnish VPT500 which is ideal for waterproofing teak interior furniture. The matt finish of the varnish allows you to maintain the natural look of the wood. The varnish has a good resistance and lasts a long time. However, you will not be able to do "small touch-ups" locally. If your varnished teak furniture is damaged, you will have to apply a new coat of varnish after lightly sanding the surface.
Waxed finishes, such as Parquet & Furniture Wax CPM800, allow you to respect the natural look of teak. Wax is the most authentic finish. However, it will waterproof the teak a little less than interior teak varnishes.