Getting teak furniture clean depends somewhat on your goal. Over time all teak will turn gray – this is purely cosmetic and not a problem. This weathered look is desirable to many people. If you like the weathered look, than maintenance is very low and no sealer/finish/oil is needed. Basic scrubbing with soap and water, keeping dirt and pollen, etc. off the furniture will do. If you want to maintain some brown color, then there is a little more effort required. The graying is due to sun and wind drying the surface of the wood, but the brown is always underneath the surface. The harder you scrub/sand, the darker the wood will become. Teak oil serves to slow down the graying process. We don’t recommend finishes, sealer, protectors, or other chemicals. We’ve updated our advice on pressure washing to a “maybe” (see below).
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