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Assembly & Care

GARDEN OUTDOOR TEAK FURNITURE ASSEMBLY  

Our garden outdoor teak furniture items are packaged either fully assembled or flat-packed in sub-assemblies to minimize the amount of final assembly required. Every piece has been test assembled, inspected and disassembled at our factory prior to packaging. All flat-packed items come complete with necessary dowels and/or hardware and detailed assembly instructions. In most cases, a single person with a minimum of tools can assemble our garden outdoor teak furniture within a few minutes.

Every item of Parke Teak™ garden outdoor teak furniture that requires assembly includes a detailed, easy to follow assembly instruction sheet. If further assistance is required please contact us.

OUTDOOR TEAK FURNITURE CARE

Teak is the premium choice of wood for outdoor furniture. Teak is a beautiful and durable hardwood that is weather resistant and requires little care to preserve its natural good looks and strength for decades, even in extreme outdoor weather conditions.

Our Burmese teak furniture and FSC teak furniture is in its natural condition and untreated. The only maintenance necessary for your outdoor garden Burmese teak furniture or FSC teak furniture is an annual cleaning. After time, all our garden outdoor Burmese teak furniture and FSC teak furniture will develop a silvery-gray patina that actually helps protect the wood. If this is the look you prefer, simply clean your outdoor garden teak furniture every spring. If you prefer to maintain the original natural color for your new garden outdoor teak furniture, simply apply a teak wood sealer (we recommend Park Bench Sealer) with a pump spray bottle and wipe off any excess with a clean rag.

New look of teak outdoor garden patio furniture
NATURAL NEW LOOK
Weathered look of teak outdoor garden patio furniture
SILVER-GRAY LOOK

ANNUAL OUTDOOR TEAK FURNITURE CLEANING & STAIN REMOVAL

Annual Cleaning - The only maintenance recommended for your outdoor teak furniture is a periodic cleaning. This cleaning should be done with a soft bristled brush and a soapy water solution (use a mild household detergent) to remove accumulated surface dirt. Most dirt and stains can be removed this way. To eliminate any surface mold (black spots/color) add a cup of household beach to each one-gallon soapy water solution. Let this bleach mixture set for a few minutes to allow the bleach to react and kill the mold spores. Rinse your furniture well with clean water after washing. Avoid using pressure washers because they can scour and roughen the wood surface and drive out the natural teak oils. Also, avoid the use of steel wool as it can leave a residue that can produce rust spots. A bronze wool pad is ok.

Staining - Teak is a porous material and will absorb unwanted liquids and food oils that will cause staining.  To reduce staining, immediately wipe off up any spills as soon as possible.  Scrub stains with a wet sponge and let dry.  For stubborn stains or burns, we recommend a light sanding in addition to cleaning. If previously sealed, follow sanding by resealing the stained surface area.

TEAK WOOD SEALERS - PARK BENCH SEALER & SEMCO TEAK SEALER

Semco Teak Sealer is the best wood sealer for all teak or hardwood outdoor garden patio furniture
Semco Teak Sealer
Park Bench Teak Sealer
Park Bench Teak Sealer

Wood Sealer - Should you prefer to keep your outdoor teak furniture the original “new” look, we recommend applying our Park Bench Sealer (available in natural teak color) and Semco Teak Sealer (available in several colors). Park Bench Sealer and Semco Teak Sealer are oil-based sealers that are designed to penetrate into the teak wood, leaving a barrier of protection from UV rays, water and mold. Park Bench Sealer and Semco Teak Sealer will not blister or crack, while maintaining the original look and character of teak wood. Park Bench Sealer and Semco Teak Sealer will also aid in reducing staining. The initial application of Park Bench Sealer and Semco Teak Sealer should be applied after a couple of weeks of outdoor exposure or after your furniture has been cleaned and completely dried to remove the surface oils that reduce the penetration of sealer. Park Bench Sealer and Semco Teak Sealer will prevent your teak wood from discoloring for approximately one season and can be reapplied as needed for years without any deep cleaning. The reapplication time varies, depending on the amount of sun and rain exposure. The ultimate reapplication time test is to dash water on the teak wood’s surface. If the water fails to “bead up” and instead soaks immediately into the teak wood, Park Bench Sealer and Semco Teak Sealer is no longer effective and needs to be reapplied. No stripping of the previous coat is required. Lightly clean (as directed below) and reapply Park Bench Sealer or Semco Teak Sealer. In the future, if you prefer the silvery-gray look simply stop reapplying Park Bench Sealer or Semco Teak Sealer and let Mother Nature take over to naturally produce a handsome silvery-gray finish.

Older or Weather Furniture - For slightly used garden outdoor teak furniture, first clean your teak furniture as directed above. For old and extremely gray garden outdoor teak furniture first use a wood cleaner/brightener (we recommend Semco Teak Cleaner) on your teak furniture. Let completely dry (about 24 hours) and then apply a teak wood sealer.

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PARK BENCH WOOD SEALER - TEAK FURNITURE & EXTERIOR WOOD PRESERVATION

Park Bench Sealer is a transparent exterior wood sealer. This natural oil based stain and sealer is lightly pigmented to offer your superior protection. In one initial coat and seasonal reapplications the natural beauty of your outdoor teak furniture or exterior wood will be maintained for years. Park Bench Sealer’s unique formula uses organic oils and resins combined with ultra fine reflective pigments and mold inhibitors to give you the best protection possible against staining and ageing. Whether it’s the summer’s UV rays (turns wood gray), or the winter’s rain or snow (promotes mildew), Park Bench Sealer will protect and highlight your investment for years!

When Park Bench Wood Sealer is properly applied to teak and other types of woods, it will look natural and yet the wood will not turn gray and protect against the growth of mildew. Surface soils can easily be washed away with a mild detergent and water solution. Seasonal recoating of your outdoor teak furniture or exterior wood will preserve its natural state for many years. Previously sealed outdoor teak furniture and other exterior woods should be resealed on an occasional basis to compensate for traffic and environmental wear and tear.

PARK BENCH WOOD SEALER INSTRUCTIONS - SIMPLE AND EASY APPLICATION STEPS

Preparation - Proper surface preparation is essential to assure maximum performance. Park Bench Sealer must be able to penetrate into the wood. The wood must be clean and dry prior to applying. New or wet wood should be allowed to air dry completely before sealing. Persistent black spots, which appear when wood has been wet over time, is mold. Use a 30% chorine bleach and water solution to kill the mold before sealing. Dirt and pollen should be cleaned from the wood’s surface using a mild natural detergent mixed with water and then scrubbed with a soft nylon brush.

Application - Be sure the wood is dry for 24 hours before and after applying the Park Bench Sealer. Apply with a foam or an oil based brush, stain pad or rag. Park Bench Sealer can also be applied with a trigger, pump or airless sprayer, followed by back brushing or rubbing with a rag. Only apply as much sealer as will readily absorb into the wood. End grains will absorb more sealer. ONE COAT IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED! Treat full length of boards, keeping a wet edge. Apply sealer to cool, dry wood when the temperature is between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a clean rag to remove all excess sealer (shine) from the surface of wood within 15 minutes of application. Do not allow the sealer to puddle and cure on the surface of the wood. Park Bench Sealer seals and protects from within the wood.

Maintenance - Clean all outdoor teak furniture or exterior wood on an annual basis with a mild detergent and water solution to remove all dirt and pollen. Your outdoor teak furniture or exterior wood is ready for a reapplication of Park Bench Sealer when it appears dry, or you wish to refresh the color. No stripping is necessary. Simply clean, check for mold and retreat your outdoor teak furniture or exterior wood with a reapplication of sealer in the same process as the initial application. Often, this reapplication can be accomplished by simply wiping a light coat of sealer with a saturated rag to the necessary surfaces or the entire area.

Longevity - The longevity of Park Bench Sealer is primarily related to the amount of sun and water exposure than the length of time. Typically, an initial application lasts for about one year. Seasonal reapplications are then recommended and can be done for years before any deep cleaning is required. The ultimate test to determine if Park Bench Sealer is still protecting your wood or needs a reapplication is to dash water on the wood’s surface. If the water beads up, the sealer is still effective. If the water quickly absorbs into the wood, it is ineffective and it is time for a reapplication of Park Bench Sealer. This reapplication will only require half the amount of sealer initially applied. Fully exposed areas will require reapplication sooner than less exposed areas.

Warnings - Wear protective clothing and equipment during use. Protect surrounding areas, vegetation and other areas from sealer penetration. Place oily rags in water immediately after use. Follow all warnings and the detailed instructions on the can’s label.

TEAK OIL - NOT RECOMMENDED

We do not recommend - the use of teak oil on outdoor teak furniture. It has a short life and leaves a greasy and sticky organic residue that provides an ideal living condition for mold to grow. This mold creates black areas and or black spots on your outdoor teak furniture. We also advise against the use of a water-based teak sealer, paint, varnish or other similar finishes. These finishes tend to crack and flake from the surface and are not recommended for outdoor applications on teak wood. They also give teak wood an artificial look and are extremely labor intensive to remove.

OUTDOOR TEAK FURNITURE DEEP CLEANER - SEMCO TEAK CLEANER 

Semco Teak Cleaner is the best wood cleaner for all teak or hardwood outdoor garden patio furniture
SEMCO TEAK CLEANER

Deep Cleaning - To restore your outdoor teak furniture from the silvery-gray finish to its original color, we recommend Semco’s Two Part Teak Cleaner.  Most teak cleaners will restore outdoor teak furniture to its original color regardless of age or surface condition. Semco’s Two Part Cleaner is easy to use and requires no heavy scrubbing that will produce dramatic results, leaving your outdoor teak furniture looking new again.

SEMCO TEAK CLEANER

If your furniture has been allowed to weather, contains mold, stained by food and other marks, or if you wish to remove the previous sealer and start again, Semco Two-Part Wood Cleaner will restore the wood to like new condition.

When wood is exposed to the outdoor elements without a finish, or has been oiled or stained, the surface becomes dirty, gray and mold often develops. Semco Two-Part Teak Cleaner removes the effects of mold, weathering and food and water stains. To restore outdoor wood furniture back to the desired original, unfinished look simply use Semco Two-Part Cleaner at any time during the life of the furniture to achieve this result. This product is easy to use and will produce dramatic results.

INSTRUCTION SEMCO TEAK CLEANER

  1. Wet the wood with a hose and keep the wood wet during the entire process.
  2. Apply Part 1 Cleaner to a small area at a time, working from top to bottom.
  3. Use a Scotch Brite pad or soft bristle brush to scrub the area saturated with Part 1 Cleaner.
  4. Rinse to remove the slick, dark drown debris that emerges from step 3, keeping the area wet. Complete the entire furniture piece with Part 1 before proceeding with Part 2 Cleaner.
  5. Apply Part 2 Cleaner, again working on a small area at a time and working from top to bottom. Lightly scrub the surface with the same clean soft brush or Scotch Brite pad. Immediately a brighter color will immerge. Larger areas can be worked by using a garden type sprayer to apply the cleaners.
  6. Complete the entire furniture piece with Part 2 Cleaner, overlapping each small area in step 5 to ensure complete coverage.
  7. Finally rinse the entire applied areas thoroughly with water. The wood should appear obviously lighter and cleaner. If any stains remain repeat this process to those specific areas.
  8. The wood will lighten further as it completely dries. It will reach maximum brightness in about twelve hours.

Note: If the wood is already finished with Semco Wood Sealer this type of cleaning is not necessary unless you want to remove the Semco and start again.

Caution – Clean in an area away from any finished surface or remove any items that might be affected by the cleaning process. Semco wood cleaner will not harm vegetation or fiberglass but it may damage painted surfaces or stain a patio.

Protection - Always wear rubber gloves and goggles when using this cleaner. Semco Two-Part Cleaner will remove wood oils, food stains, varnish residue and Semco Wood Sealer.

Stains - While the Semco Wood Sealer is resistant to the weather and most stains; some oily or greasy food may stain the surface of the wood. The best method to clean these stains is with a mild detergent and water solution or a spot clean with Semco Two-Part Wood Cleaner for stubborn spots. Always clean up spills immediately to minimize deep staining penetration.

TEAK WEATHERING PROCESS – GARDEN OUTDOOR TEAK FURNITURE

The Weathering Process - Remove any dust from manufacturing by lightly wiping your new teak furniture with a damp cloth. New teak wood appears to have a polished sheen and a waxy feel. This sheen and waxy feel is caused from the surface oils naturally occurring from within the teak wood. This surface oil will weather away after a short time of outdoor exposure. The oils and resins that remain inside give teak its lasting durability. In the first few weeks of sun exposure, the oil in the teak wood will react with the sun and cause it to turn a beautiful golden color. Eventually, the outdoor exposure will naturally age your teak furniture to a handsome silvery-gray finish, leaving your furniture with a look of ageless beauty. This gradual aging process usually takes up to twelve months, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain exposure to the teak wood. Days after the teak wood has been exposed to outdoor moisture, the surface grain will rise slightly. The grain will return to its original smooth finish after the initial weathering process and remain smooth and splinter free for decades. You may also notice a few small cracks in the grain and ends, called “checking”. This is a natural weathering effect. This slight separation of the grain has no affect on the strength and longevity of the furniture. This “checking” is caused when the wood grain expands and contracts slightly when left outdoors. Water spots or discoloration may also occur early in the weathering process. This spotting will eventually disappear as the teak wood ages to a uniform silvery-gray finish.

Refer to the individual Teak Care Products for complete details and application instructions. We recommend the use of Park Bench Sealer, Semco Teak Sealer and Semco Teak Cleaner.

Weathered look of teak outdoor garden patio furniture
WEATHERED
Natural look of teak outdoor garden patio furniture
NATURAL
Newly, sealed look of teak outdoor garden patio furniture
SEALED

OUR EXPERT REFURBISHING SERVICE  

Park Bench Teak and Garden furniture offers a refurbishing service to local customers who prefer to let us do all the work to bring your aged teak furniture or other wood project back to new. What sets up apart from the rest of the "painter or contractor" crowd is our expertise. We have specific expertise in wood (especially teak) wood preservation. We have restored thousands of teak furniture, decks, house siding and fencing. We offer a pick up and redelivery service and have all the necessary product supplies in stock. Let the pro's do the work. Please contact us for a free estimate.

SUNBRELLA® FABRIC - CARE & MAINTENANCE

Sunbrella® fabrics are made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns. Solution dying is the process of adding color to acrylic fibers during manufacturing while they are in a liquid state. This characteristic of Sunbrella fabrics is the key to locking in color, easy cleaning and long life.

Sunbrella® fabrics make life easy. Fade-proof, stain-resistant and livable, our fabrics are worry-free and incredibly long lasting. From the bright sun to greasy meatballs, Sunbrella® fabrics are tough enough to withstand the extremes of Mother Nature along with all the little accidents that come from everyday living. Our rich fabrics will remain beautiful summer after summer and spill after spill.

Because Sunbrella® fabrics are woven, they are also highly breathable, which is why they dry quickly with only air exposure. It's also important to know that Sunbrella® fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish requires replenishment after vigorous cleaning.

Sunbrella® fabrics will not support the growth of mildew, but dirt on the fabric can lead to mildew growth, which makes regular cleanings important. No set timetable exists for when fabric should be cleaned, and the local environment has a great deal to do with determining cleaning frequency. Cleaning is required less frequently in a dry environment than in a humid one with heavy foliage.

Sunbrella® Maintenance - Follow these simple steps:

Sunbrella® fabric is designed for easy maintenance. By following a few simple care and cleaning steps, Sunbrella® fabric will maintain its good looks for many years. One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella® fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clean water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. When cleaning Sunbrella® fabrics, it is important to observe the following:

  • Always use a natural soap (like dishwashing liquid). Never detergent.
  • Water should be cold to lukewarm. Never more than 100 degrees.
  • Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella® fabrics.

Maintenance of Cushion & Umbrella - Follow these simple steps:

  • Umbrella covers should first be removed for cleaning
  • Brush off any loose dirt
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow soap to soak in.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

Stubborn Stains - If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains. Prepare a special cleaning mixture:

  • Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap.
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Added Protection - Complete the protection process after thorough cleaning:

As part of the finishing process, Sunbrella® fabrics are initially treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning or approximately five years. We recommend Scotch Guard™ or Vectra™ as the preferred re-treatment product for Sunbrella® fabrics. After cleaning the fabric, allow the fabric to air dry completely and then apply two thin, even coats of Scotch Guard™ or Vectra™ to the fabric. Allow the first coat to completely dry before applying the second coat.

Warranty - Sunbrella® Fabric; is the name that sets the standard for outdoor fabric durability and fade resistance. Sunbrella® offers a five year limited warranty against fading and mildew.

TEXTILENE® FABRIC CARE & MAINTENANCE

Textilene® is a mesh fabric used in our sling furniture. Textilene® is woven of strong polyester yarns that are individually coated with PVC, specifically designed for outdoor use. This product is the best choice for sling garden outdoor furniture because it is strong and very durable to outdoor exposure.

Textilene® is a mesh fabric woven of strong polyester yarns that are individually coated with PVC. It is specifically designed for outdoor use. This product is the best choice for sling furniture because it is elegant, strong and very durable to outdoor exposure.

Some of the most frequently asked questions about fabric are concerns about care and cleaning. The good news is that Textilene® is designed for outdoor use and easy maintenance. By following a few simple care and cleaning steps, these fabrics will maintain their good looks for many years.

Textilene® Maintenance - Follow these simple steps:

  • Brush off loose dirt.
  • Hose down.
  • Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents).
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow soap to soak in.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.

Stubborn Stains - If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains. Prepare a special cleaning mixture:

  • Four ounces (half cup) of chlorine bleach.
  • Two ounces (one-fourth cup) of natural soap (no detergents).
  • One gallon of water.
  • Clean with soft bristle brush.
  • Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Air dry.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Prevention - The best ways to keep Textilene® fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose the fabric off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. These fabrics can be cleaned while still on a frame or they can be removed for cleaning.