If you’re the proud owner of some beautiful new teak furniture  (or you plan to be in the future), you’re probably wondering how to clean teak wood and scouring the internet for the best ways to do it.

You’ve come to the right place. As outdoor furniture experts here at Outer, we’ve compiled our top tips for bringing teak pieces  back to life. From the tools you’ll need to keep your furniture scratch-free to the best materials to use, we’ve covered it all below.

Read on to learn more about teak wood, how often to clean it, and the techniques we recommend to ensure your furniture stays in peak condition.

What Is Teak Wood?

teak wood chair
Outer Teak Outdoor Armless Chair

Teak is a durable, warm-toned timber often used in luxury furniture. It’s rich in natural oils and silica, making it the perfect choice for outdoor pieces that are up against some tough weather conditions.

However, not all teak is created equal. At Outer, we’re sticklers for quality, and when it comes to sourcing the teak for our furniture, we don’t accept anything less than the best teak wood available — Grade A teak

We source our high-quality wood from responsibly managed fields in Central Java, Indonesia. For each tree we harvest, three more are planted in its place to promote sustainability and help offset climate change.

Not only that, but the wood we use in our teak furniture is also proudly certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®. This means our teak meets the gold standard for harvested wood, ensuring the whole process is environmentally conscious and economically viable.

From our cozy Teak Outdoor Armchair Conversation Set to our spacious 5-Seater Teak Outdoor L Sectional and our stylish Teak Outdoor Coffee Table With Square Leg, all Outer teak furniture is designed with comfort, innovation, durability, and sustainability in mind.

Each piece is sleek and sophisticated with added features, such as rust-proof stainless steel clips and waterproof performance fabric to ensure you and your family feel safe and comfortable using Outer furniture for many years to come.

What Are The Benefits Of Teak Wood?

Family outside enjoying their teak wood furniture
Outer Teak Outdoor Armchair and Teak Outdoor Sofa - 3 Seat

Durability

Any furniture that lives outdoors needs to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions. From sun rays to heavy rainfall and even occasional snow, teak wood is durable enough to face it all.

There’s a good reason craftsmen have been using teak in boat decks and furniture designs for decades — it’s built to last! This makes teak wood the perfect set-and-forget option for outdoor living.

Low Maintenance Care

When you think of wood furniture, what comes to mind might be a vision of constant upkeep and regular oiling to stop it from looking weathered. Who wants that? We certainly don’t.

Fortunately, the oils found in teak make it naturally rot-resistant, meaning it doesn’t require any additional oiling. Ever! Talk about low-maintenance living.

Instant Sophistication And Warmth

Last but definitely not least, teak wood can bring instant sophistication and warmth to your outdoor space thanks to its beautiful golden hue.

It’s a timelessly stylish option for outdoor furniture, which makes it an ideal choice for virtually any space.

How Often Should You Clean Teak Wood?

As we mentioned above, teak wood is very low-maintenance and doesn’t require a lot of upkeep to maintain a fresh appearance. While it still requires cleaning, you’ll find yourself spending a lot less time scrubbing teak furniture in comparison to other wooden furniture options.

As a general rule, we recommend giving your teak furniture a light clean at the end of each season to keep it free from debris and looking its best.

Aside from that, your teak furniture only needs to be spruced up whenever it’s visibly dirty — maybe after the kids have gone wild or the dog has gotten its paws on your couch. Otherwise, you’re good to go!

Keep reading to learn more about how to clean teak, including our recommendations for specific tools you’ll need and step-by-step instructions to ensure you get the best results.

How To Clean Teak Wood Furniture: Step By Step

Man showing how to clean teak

What You’ll Need

  • A bucket of warm water
  • Gentle soap or detergent, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • A soft bristle brush
  • A garden hose
  • A pair of gloves
  • A towel
  • Bleach (optional)
  • 220 grit sandpaper (optional)
  • A tarp to protect surrounding areas (optional)

Let’s Get Cleaning!

  1. Before you begin cleaning your teak, it’s a great idea to set out a tarp to protect surrounding areas, particularly if you’ll be using bleach as a part of the cleaning process
  2. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of detergent and, if you’ve noticed any tough stains on your furniture, a small amount of bleach
  3. We recommend putting on a pair of gloves to ensure your skin is protected while cleaning
  4. Dip your brush into your bucket of water and gently begin scrubbing. Start at the top of your piece of furniture, working your way to the bottom
  5. Be sure to switch out your water as needed to prevent dirt and debris from building up on your furniture while you scrub
  6. Use a gentle setting on your hose (no pressure washing!) to rinse your furniture. Make sure all suds and bleach has been washed off completely
  7. Towel off any excess water and let your furniture air dry
  8. If you notice any rough areas on your teak wood furniture after drying, use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out by sanding in the direction of the grain rather than against it (this helps to avoid scratching the surface of the teak)
  9. You’re all done! No oiling required — time to get back to relaxing.

What About The Cushions?

Don’t worry; we didn’t forget about the most spill-prone feature of your teak furniture — the cushions!

Thankfully, we designed all Outer cushions to be a breeze to clean so you can get back to enjoying your outdoor furniture as soon as possible.

All Outer cushion covers are made from solution-dyed performance fabric that’s resistant to just about anything you can throw at it. From UV rays and water to bleach, dirt, and mold, our fabrics can stand up to it all. We like to call them “lifeproof."

For an extra layer of protection that cuts back on the need for regular cleaning, we added our OuterShell™ to all our cushions. This built-in cover sits discreetly behind each Outer cushion, ready to roll out at a moment’s notice to keep your cushions clean and dry.

As with our teak furniture, we recommend giving your outdoor cushions a clean at least once a season to keep them fresh and ready to use. This is as easy as taking off the cushion covers and throwing them in the wash — thank goodness for removable covers.

It’s important to note that the fabric used in our cushions doesn’t need to go in the dryer — just let them air dry to keep them in peak condition.

There might be times where a simple spot clean will do. Thanks to the nano-coating on our cushions, you’ll find that most stains will come right off with a 1:3 detergent-to-water mix and a soft rag to dab onto the stain.

For more information on cleaning your Outer cushions, head to our dedicated blog post.

Cleaning Teak Wood Furniture Is Easy With Outer

Teak outdoor furniture near a pool
Outer Teak Outdoor Furniture Set

Now you know how to clean teak wood furniture — cushions and all! And we’re willing to bet it’s a lot easier and much less time-consuming than you originally thought.

Whether you’re freshening up one of our seating options, like our Teak Outdoor Armchair Conversation Set or our 5-Seater Teak Outdoor L Sectional, or adding life back into a table, like our Teak Outdoor Coffee Table With Square Leg, our step-by-step guide has got you covered.

Be sure to wear protective gear, use gentle detergent, and air dry any fabrics to keep your teak wood furniture and outdoor couch cushions in great condition. Avoid damaging or scratching your teak by sanding with the grain and it’ll be looking brand new again in no time!