Whenever you are looking for furniture to buy you will usually look for high-quality furniture as although the prices may be higher, good quality furniture can last longer, often lasting for the rest of your life. This is the same when looking to buy teak furniture but with teak furniture it is perhaps easier to recognize good quality furniture due to the teak which is used being graded, allowing you to choose furniture which is made from the best possible teak wood.
Teak is known for the natural oil contained in it which helps to maintain it and keeps it looking good. The older the teak tree from which the wood came, the more natural oil it will have and also if the wood is taken from the center of the tree, where the oil accumulates, it will also contain more oil. Teak taken from the center of the tree is known as heartwood. This has allowed teak to be graded into 3 grades – Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. Both Grade A and Grade B teak indicate that they are heartwood taken from the tree’s center but Grade A has been taken from a tree which is older, at least 20 years old whilst Grade B teak, although still heartwood, has been taken from a younger tree. Grade C teak indicates that it has been taken from an outer layer of the tree and so is not heartwood and therefore contains less natural oils.
Because teak contains its own natural oil it requires very little maintenance and so just cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water will keep it looking good for years, especially if it is made from good Grade-A teak. It is true to say though that when you first buy teak furniture it will probably have a golden honey color which may fade in time. To avoid the color from fading some people use a protective or sealant but whilst trying to keep their teak furniture looking its best, others make the mistake of using teak oil when they shouldn’t.
Teak oil does help protect teak furniture which is inside but when used on furniture which is outside, such as teak patio furniture, teak oil can have the opposite effect to what the owner wanted and so restrict the use of teak oil to only the teak furniture which is inside, protected from the natural elements it will be subject to outdoors.
Today as teak furniture is very popular and also because it is long lasting and easy to maintain, a wide and varied assortment of furniture is now available to buy. The different furniture is though made by different companies and so a little research is perhaps best before deciding on which particular furniture to buy. The research should be regarding the manufacturer and if they have a reputation for only using the best Grade-A teak, as some manufacturers make their furniture with the cheapest materials they can find, which is often Grade-C and therefore not so long-lasting.