Taking Care of Furniture

When people buy furniture they often will not look for the cheapest as they will want good quality furniture which they hope will last for the rest of their lives or at least most of it anyway. This also means of course that once they have bought their furniture, they will try and ensure that they take care of it properly, allowing to keep its appearance and functionality for as long as possible. For this reason, teak furniture has become very popular as teak furniture care is often far easier than the care of other types of furniture.  

Metal and plastic furniture, of course, requires different methods of care than wooden furniture but whereas furniture made from most types of wood need constant polishing to both to protect it and keep it looking good, teak furniture only needs to be lightly brushed with a soft brush, soap, and water to keep its great look. Teak may, however, lose its golden honey color and so some people apply a protective coat or sealant in order for the furniture to keep its newer appearance. If a teak furniture owner should opt to use teak oil though, they should only use it on indoor teak furniture as it can have a detrimental effect on outside teak furniture.

The reason why teak furniture needs so little maintenance in order to keep looking good is that teak contains natural oil which protects it even after it has been cut from the tree. The natural oil produced by the tree stores the oil in the wood and concentrates it in the middle of the tree known as the teak tree’s heart and therefore teak wood which is rich in oil as it is cut from the center of the tree is known as heartwood. Although oil is also present in the woodcut from outer layers of the tree, the oil is not so concentrated and so is less effective than the oil in the heartwood.

To assist potential buyers of teak furniture in ensuring they get the quality of furniture they would like, the type of teak used in the furniture has been categorized into three separate grades. Grade A teak is the highest quality teak used in furniture as it is not only heartwood but is heartwood from a mature tree, one more than 20 years old. The teak tree produces and stores oil all its life and so the wood from older trees contains more oil than the wood from younger would. Grade B teak is also heartwood and so contains concentrated oil but this time the heartwood is from a younger tree that would qualify it to be Grade A teak. Grade C teak, although the lowest quality of the three grades also contains oil as this wood has been taken from an outer layer of the tree and not the center, it is not heartwood and so the oil is even less concentrated than that of Grade B teak.

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