1960s Vintage Danish Teak furniture is a testament to some of the best in minimalist design, so how do you ensure it lasts forever? Teak wood is the most durable wood in the world but it is not
maintenance free. We want to provide some care-tips, so you can restore Teak furniture for indoors or outdoors. And get many years of enjoyment out of it.
Teak wood has an inherently dark rich patina that is extremely durable however over the course of six months to a year it can start to turn grey. Now it’s totally up to you, you could let your teak furniture blend into the stonework and keep that weathered look or if you’re a Teak-furniture-purist and ‘respect wood’ (as Seinfeld aptly put it) you will want to retain it’s look. Assuming you love vintage and are part of the latter camp, it is a two step process let’s get started.
Step One – Elbow Grease
With mild soapy water and a soft clean cloth wipe down the teak furniture and clean any wine stains, deposits or dirt residue. If you find that some dirt is heavily ingrained this can be removed with a fine 220 grade sandpaper or higher. Ensure you sand gently in the direction of the wood grain. After you’ve finished cleaning the furniture and it’s void of dirt and dust, let it completely dry.
Step Two – Teak Oil
Buy 1 Quart of classic Minwax 67100 Teak Oil it’ll last you forever. To maintain that rich patina Teak wood furniture gets, you will need to oil it periodically. Teak Oil will not increase the life of the timber but it will bring back that rich wood grain and protect it from stains and greying caused by UV rays.
Next up buy yourself a good set of paint brushes, clean cotton rags (old clean cotton t-shirts work well) and ensure you have plenty of light and space to work in. This will be a messy job and the smell is toxic so if you’re doing this indoors wear a mask and have proper ventilation and put newspapers on the floor around the furniture. Be sure to wear overalls and rubber gloves to protect your clothes and your hands.
Apply the oil with your 1″ or 2″ paint brush starting from the top and working your way down to the floor, your brush strokes should be following the grains of the wood. The wood surface should be wet with oil. Do not leave so much oil behind that it builds up because it will leave dark patches if left to dry later.
After fifteen minutes your Teak furniture should be tacky to touch. At this point you can wipe it down with a clean cotton rag to take away any surplus oil buildup. After an hour of drying repeat the oiling process to provide a second coat, when the wood is dry to touch a second time use a clean rag again to buff the surface.
Stand back, admire the beauty of this fresh new coat on your vintage teak furniture in all it’s Danish simplicity and let out a big fat “RESPECT WOOD!”