Care: Does Mildew Grow on Teak Furniture?
Teak furniture is highly sought after for its durability, strength, and natural beauty. It is known for its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions, making it ideal for outdoor use. However, one concern that many teak furniture owners may encounter is the growth of mould. While mould or mildew may be alarming, it is actually normal and to be expected with any outdoor furniture.
Mould is a type of fungus that thrives in warm and humid environments. Teak contains natural oils which protects it from the elements, however, like any natural wood it absorbs moisture from the air making it susceptible to mould and mildew.
The growth of mould on teak furniture is not a sign of poor quality or faulty craftsmanship. Rather, it is a natural process that occurs when wood is exposed to the elements. In fact, the presence of mould can indicate that the furniture is authentic teak and not a synthetic substitute.
The goods news is that if mould does grow it can be easily removed. We recommend using the Devon Teak Cleaner which can be used to clean the affected areas. It is important to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools, as this can damage the wood. The Devon Teak Cleaner includes an antibacterial component that slows down future mould growth.
You can take steps to prevent mould growth on your furniture. One of these steps is to keep the furniture dry. Obviously this isn’t practical for outdoor furniture, however it can be achieved by wiping down the furniture regularly with a dry cloth, especially after rain or exposure to moisture. This will help prevent mould growth and save having to clean the furniture more regularly.
Overall, mould and mildew growth on teak furniture is a natural process that can be expected due to the porous nature of wood and exposure to humid conditions. While it may be alarming to see mould on your furniture, it is not a sign of poor quality or faulty craftsmanship. By taking preventative measures and cleaning the furniture regularly, your furniture will remain beautiful and functional for years to come.