Caring for Teak Outdoor Furniture

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Caring for teak furniture

A natural honey color or silvery grey…the choice is yours. Learn how to care for your teak here.

Teak is an extremely durable hardwood which requires very little care to preserve its good looks and integrity over decades of use. The qualities which make teak so attractive to ship builders – its impermeability, resistance to splitting and rot, as well as its natural beauty make it equally attractive as a material for outdoor furniture. In fact, the majority of premium outdoor furniture manufacturers chose teak exclusively as their outdoor wood of choice.

When it comes to caring for your teak outdoor furniture, there are a few simple guidelines to follow. The first thing to address are the two natural states of teak – and the decision each homeowner should make about their aesthetic preference between the two. Natural teak is teak which has retained its golden honey color. This is the natural state of new teak before it has weathered, and it is possible to preserve this appearance with a little care. Weathered teak is teak which has aged to a natural silvery grey color. This generally occurs after several months or years outdoor in direct sunlight, and many homeowners prefer the soft, silvery look.

Caring for Weathered Teak

Should you decide to let your teak weather to a silvery grey, there’s very little that you need to do. Within 5 to 12 months of leaving the furniture outdoors in the sunlight it will begin to develop a grey patina. To speed up the process you can use a product like our Golden Care Teak Patinizer which will hasten the weathering process and also help prevent the adhesion of dirt and mildew.

Once the furniture has taken on a weathered surface, it is easily maintained by an annual cleaning with a soft bristled brush and soapy water to remove accumulated dirt. For tough stains and mildew add one part household bleach to two parts water in the soap solution. Rinse well with clean water after washing. For tougher stains, there are teak cleaning products available online which you can try, including Golden Care Teak Wood Cleaner. Pressure washers are to be avoided as they can scour and roughen the wood surface. Also, the use of steel wool is not recommended as it can leave a residue that can produce rust spots.

To slow the weathering process and let your teak age to a light silvery grey and inhibit mildew growth you can also use a product like our Golden Care Teak Whitener.

Preserving Natural Teak

The golden hue of natural teak is easy to maintain with a little effort.

The golden hue of natural teak is easy to maintain with a little effort.

If you want your teak furniture to maintain the golden hue it had when purchased, the best way is to use it indoors or under an awning away from direct sunlight. Eventually, with time the weathering process will begin. However, weathering is a cosmetic, surface condition only. Hand sanding with a fine grit sandpaper will remove the outer grey layer and once again reveal that golden shade you love.  Applying a product like Golden Care Teak Protector will help to extend the life of the natural finish even longer.

To protect a teak dining table from stains like wine or grease and oil from food, salad dressing and butter, we recommend a product like Golden Care Teak Shield. This will help preserve your investment and allow you to get the maximum enjoyment from your teak tables.

While some people use teak oil to preserve the original teak finish, we do not recommend using teak oil on furniture which will be used outdoors as this finish can promote the growth of mold on the surface of the furniture as well as a greasy feel which will interfere with your enjoyment of your furniture. Instead, we suggest following the cleaning and occasional sanding steps above to maintain your preferred finish.

 

Gloster Grid Savings Event Begins Today!

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture, Sale

Have your eye on Gloster’s newest collection? The Award Winning Grid takes Danish Design outdoors in a way no other brand has done before. A modern combination of powder coated aluminum, plush, weatherproof upholstery, and warm teak accents makes this collection a comfortable oasis and focal point for your outdoor space. Gloster’s renowned construction ensures that these pieces will grace your outdoor space for years to come with unparalleled style.

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Low slung lounge pieces with integrated side tables combine with high side tables to create functional arrangements for any space.

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Create an inviting space to socialize with a combination of sofas, ottomans and coffee tables which can be arranged – and rearranged – to suit any gathering.

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Grid is available in 2 frame colors and 10 fabric choices to create a look distinctly your own.

From May 19th through June 23rd, shoppers can take advantage of additional savings on this collection equal to 36% off the Manufacturer’s suggested retail price. After June 23rd, our pricing will return to a discount of 25% off the Manufacturer’s retail price for the remainder of the month.

Ready to plan your Grid? Visit the website to shop the collection or call us for Free design guidance today.

Free Teak Storage Box with Dining Set Purchase!

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture, Sale

If you love to dine outside, you are going to love this month’s special. Now through April 30th, 2016 receive a Free 59″ Teak Storage Box with any dining set purchase of $2500 or more.

A teak storage box is a great place to store your dining chair cushions when not in use. Keeping cushions out of the elements will keep them clean, dry, and ready to use the next time company comes over.

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This 59″ Teak Storage box will help keep you organized inside or out!

This offer is available in the showroom only, so stop by shop our wide selection of dining sets currently in stock.

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Shop our large selection of teak dining tables including this one from renowned brand Gloster.

From traditional to modern – we have outdoor dining sets to fit every outdoor style and budget. Including sets from Gloster, Barlow Tyrie, Kingsley-Bate and our own exclusive AuthenTEAK brand.

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Our Evita dining set is a stylish mix of aluminum and teak with a pedestal base that can accommodate a crowd!

Another great use for this stylish teak storage box is in a mudroom or garage where it can easily double as a convenient bench for putting on shoes, or extra toy and tool storage.

Stop by the showroom before the end of the month to take advantage of this offer.

Battle Pollen Season with Outdoor Furniture Covers

Filed Under: Gardening, Outdoor Furniture

Covers for your outdoor furniture are necessary during the winter months to prevent damage in cold, wet environments. But did you know that during pollen season, outdoor furniture covers can be a huge help as well?

If you live in an area with a large pollen output, you know the frustration of stepping outside to find your outdoor furniture covered in a thin film of yellow powder. This pollen will stick to your clothing if you sit down outside and then be transferred indoors where it can affect allergy sufferers around the clock. If pollen-covered outdoor furniture is keeping you out of your outdoor spaces, or the constant cleaning has become too much, consider investing in a good set of outdoor furniture covers to use when you are not enjoying your outdoor space.

By covering outdoor furniture when not in use, you can keep it clean and ready to entertain. It’s easy to find covers to fit all of your pieces when you shop online at Authenteak. We carry covers by many of the outdoor furniture brands including Kingsley-Bate and Gloster to specifically fit their products, as well as covers by Treasure Garden made in a wide range of sizes to fit outdoor furniture by many different manufacturers.

 

Treasure Garden covers will keep your outdoor furniture pollen free.

Treasure Garden offers a wide range of outdoor furniture covers to fit your needs

Shop covers for Kingsley-Bate outdoor furniture collection

Kingsley-Bate custom tailored covers keep your furniture looking sharp year round

Not sure where to start?

Visit our measuring guide to learn how to measure for outdoor furniture covers.

Need more help? Give us a call in the showroom at 1-800-350-8325 or visit the website to live chat with one of our sales associates.

 

Durable and Stylish Outdoor Furniture

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture

Are you looking for comfortable outdoor seating that is virtually maintenance-free? If you love the look of upholstered outdoor furniture, but are worried about the care required to maintain it, you will love our new exclusive care-free collection.

This collection includes 5 different styles all made from Nautolex – a polyurethane coated fabric that is specially formulated with anti-microbials, to resist the penetration of mold and mildew, as well as UV protection to resist fading in the sun. Nautolex has been used in the marine industry for over 50 years and can stand up to the harshest outdoor environments, making these collections perfect for residential and commercial use. The interior framework of these pieces is equally weatherproof – constructed from water-resistant materials. All pieces come with a 3-year warranty.

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Have kids, or pets? Or just forgot to cover up your outdoor furniture during inclement weather? With our Care-Free Nautolex collections you never have to worry. Clean up is easy with mild soap and water.

The Angle is the perfect solution for smaller spaces where maintenance-free comfort and style are top priority.

See more styles from this collection online or stop into our West Midtown showroom to see the models pictured above in person.

The Elle sectional

The Social 3-piece seating set

The Met Sectional

Quick Update: A Teak Shower Bench for Your Bathroom

Filed Under: Design Ideas, Outdoor Furniture

spa_bench_teakDoes your bathroom need a little pick-me-up? If a full scale renovation is not in your plans, consider adding a touch of high-end spa luxury with a long lasting teak spa bench.

Teak spa benches come in many sizes and can be the perfect accessory to add a touch of natural warmth to a stark, modern bathroom. They work equally well in more traditional surroundings, and add a place for you to rest bath accessories, or even a leg, when shaving in the shower as well as a place to sit.

When shopping for a wooden shower bench, make sure you are buying authentic teak. The qualities of teak wood make it the only choice for a shower bench. The durability of this wood is in part due to the oils it contains which make it impervious to rot in damp environments – like your shower.

Take a look at some images from Houzz to see how designers have utilized teak shower benches in their bathroom design. Then, shop our selection of authentic teak shower bench styles to fit your bath.

Asian-Inspired Teak Shower Bench

Contemporary Bathroom by Ottawa Architects & Building Designers Southam Design Inc

The Asian inspired teak shower bench is a perfect complement to the spare, contemporary style of the bathroom pictured above, and works great in the large, glass-enclosed shower. See our version of this bench here.

Corner Teak Shower Bench

When space is limited, try a corner teak bench. With time, unfinished teak will weather from the original natural honey color to a silvery grey finish like the one pictured here. Click here to see our corner teak spa bench.

Teak Bench with Storage Shelf

Contemporary Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers modern house architects

Whether inside the shower or out, we can all benefit from a little more storage space. Pick a bench with a storage shelf like the one pictured above and use it to store towels for a truly spa-like feel. See one of our top picks here.

Want to see more? Click here to shop all of our Teak Spa Bench styles online now.

Great Kingsley-Bate Teak Supply

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture

With Spring in full bloom and the long days of Summer right around, we are stocked in teak outdoor furniture from Kingsley-Bate.  The supply of reclaimed teak, stainless-steel and popular all-weather wicker collections like the Sag Harbor are good and should be abundant throughout 2015.

AuthenTEAK currently has a large inventory of Kingsley-Bate teak in-stock, including numerous items available for shipping within one business day. Furthermore, supplies of Barlow Tyrie and Gloster teak furniture appear to be normal.  In fact, Gloster appears to have more teak on hand than at any previous time we can recall. Gloster has plenty of stock in their core product lines of Ventura, Cape, Kingston, Halifax and Bristol.

Please view our website at www.authenteak.com or visit our Atlanta showroom.

Beautiful Outdoor Sectional Furniture

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture
Authenteak Cordova Deep Seating Sectional offers a cozy space to entertain friends and family.

Authenteak Cordova Deep Seating Sectional offers a cozy space to entertain friends and family.

Country living in France is what inspired the creation of the Authenteak Cordova Sectional. Its hand-woven all weather wicker exterior is suitable for residential and commercial outdoor living. The durable sub-frame is made of fully-welded powder-coated aluminum with accented brushed aluminum feet. The set includes a Left Arm Love Seat, a Right Arm Love Seat, a Corner Chair as well as an Armless Club Chair and a 48” Rectangular Coffee Table. The Driftwood frame finish comes with standard all-weather Sunbrella Canvas Antique Beige cushions contrasted with a Sunbrella Canvas Cocoa Welt. Additional outdoor fabrics are available upon request. The frames are low maintenance and perform best with a semi-annual cleaning of the woven frame with a nonabrasive mild soap and water. Allow your furniture to air dry and do not use a pressure washer. The sectional cushions are easy to take care of as well and are cleanable with mild soap, water and non-abrasive brush. This sectional makes a beautiful seating arrangement for any backyard or outdoor entertainment area.

Kingsley-Bate Tivoli Sectional is the perfect place to curl up and read a good book or share with that special someone in your life.

Kingsley-Bate Tivoli Sectional is the perfect place to curl up and read a good book or share with that special someone in your life.

If looking for a contemporary outdoor sectional with comfortable cushions and clean lines, take a look at the Kingsley-Bate Tivoli Sectional. This modular collection has a sturdy 304-grade stainless steel frame with a bottom seat deck made of Batyline sling to provide added comfort. The fast dying cushions are available with Sunbrella acrylic fabrics. Teak accents complete the look giving the Tivoli a touch of warm elegance. The modern Tivoli sectional requires very little maintenance and can be left outdoors all year, although it is not recommended for salt air environments. The Tivoli collection includes Dining Chairs and Tables, as well as a comfortable Club Chair. The Tivoli Club Chair is a perfect piece for those that want comfort and style without the need for cushions.

Gloster Wedge Collection

Gloster Wedge Collection

When searching for comfortable outdoor furniture to place on your deck, patio or by the pool, you might want to consider the beautiful Gloster Wedge Sectional. This attractive modular all-weather collection has angled cushions engineered to ergonomically support you on a strong stainless steel frame foundation. The weather resistant Electro Polished frame makes this collection easy to maintain with minimum effort. The fashionable upholstery fabrics are both fade and stain resistant and repel water for quick drying. Gloster Furniture, Inc. has been manufacturing high quality outdoor furniture for more than 50 years and is the international leader in producing and designing stylish, durable and innovative products for luxury outdoor living.

Stay Organized with an Outdoor Storage Box

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture

If you have cushioned patio furniture, you may want an outdoor storage box to place your cushions during the off-season, for long periods of inactivity or at other times when harsh weather is present. Large patio storage boxes are great to help keep your cushions clean, dry and looking new while smaller storage boxes are ideal for pool toys, extra towels and garden or BBQ supplies. Whenever you do choose a storage option, it’s important to make sure that it’s the correct size, that the style matches the theme of your patio furniture for design integrity and that it allows for some flow of air to ensure that moisture does not get trapped inside the box.

Kingsley-Bate Woven Sag Harbor Cushion Storage Box

Whether indoors or outdoors, even storage can be stylish.

Whether indoors or outdoors, even storage can be stylish.

When looking for a stylish cushion storage box for your patio, backyard or pool, take a good look at the all-weather wicker Kingsley-Bate Sag Harbor Cushion Storage Box. At a generous 67” width, you can choose two distinct woven frame colors – Driftwood or Mocha. This large storage box, with a 32 inch depth, has enough space to accommodate most deep seating patio cushions. The inside of the box has a breathable liner that helps keep the contents inside dry, yet allows for air to flow through. Teak handles on each end allow for easy portability, as well as provide an added touch of style.

Kingsley-Bate Teak Cushion Storage Box 60″

Make sure your outdoor sofa and chair cushions live up to your expectations by stashing them in a roomy, 60-inch Kingsley-Bate cushion storage box when inclement weather strikes.

Make sure your outdoor sofa and chair cushions live up to your expectations by stashing them in a roomy, 60-inch Kingsley-Bate cushion storage box when inclement weather strikes.

Also from Kingsley-Bate is their 60 inch teak cushion storage box. In bright sunlight, the warm honey-brown color of natural teak wood really stands out and contrasts nicely with any outdoor space. Over time the teak storage box will weather to a grey or you can apply annually Teak Protector to keep the golden hue. To assist in keeping your stored items dry, Kingsley-Bate added a tight silicone seal to the edges keeping the rain and moisture out. The bottom of this box is slatted, allowing air to flow through and provide further assistance in keeping everything dry. If you’re looking for a durable storage box for years to come then this Kingsley-Bate teak storage box option may be what you’re looking for. Also available in a 53” length.

Telescope Casual MGP 25″ x 64″ Rectangular Patio Storage Box

To protect your outdoor cushions and other outdoor entertaining accessories from the elements, choose the Telescope Casual Patio Storage Box.

To protect your outdoor cushions and other outdoor entertaining accessories from the elements, choose the Telescope Casual Patio Storage Box.

The innovative patio storage box from Telescope Casual takes a slightly different approach to solving your outdoor storage problems. Instead of lifting the top up, the doors slide to the side for easy access meaning this storage solution doubles as 64 inch wide serving buffet. Another excellent feature of this model is the construction; crafted from an extremely durable Marine Grade Polymer (MGP). This material is fade, stain and rot resistant. Customizing the look is easy too as you’re offered six different colors for the top slat finish, eight colors for the body, and two different patterns. Made in the USA.

Relax in an Outdoor Chaise Lounge

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture

In a backyard, at a luxury resort swimming pool or down by the beach, people are enjoying spending time on durable, stylish and comfortable outdoor chaise lounges. Reading, tanning or sleeping are perfect ways to enjoy the outdoors and what better way to do it than to chill out comfortably. Most outdoor chaise lounges feature multi-position backrests for laying flat or sitting at an angle, wheels for easy mobility and functional arms to assist in reading. Checkout our three of our best selling chaise loungers made of teak & sling, aluminum & sling and teak with thick cushions wrapped in Sunbrella fabric.

Kingsley-Bate St. Tropez Chaise Lounge

Spend your afternoon relaxing, reading, or contemplating in this quality Kingsley-Bate St. Tropez Chaise Lounge.

Spend your afternoon relaxing, reading, or contemplating in this quality Kingsley-Bate St. Tropez Chaise Lounge.

The Kingsley-Bate Tropez Chaise Lounge is one of our best-sellers; constructed out of finely crafted hardwood teak and your choice of outdoor Phifertex® slings. These premium all-weather slings are made out of fade resistant vinyl coated polyester and are available in four distinct color options.

This sleek chaise lounger has a five position adjustable back and rear wheels that allow ease of portability. This extremely well-made sun lounger is also available with optional arms.

 

Authenteak Hydra Chaise Lounge – Set of 2

Lounge chaises are great for beach houses, by the pool or in your backyard.

Lounge chaises are great for beach houses, by the pool or in your backyard.

AuthenTEAK’s Hydra chaise lounge brings a modern style to your outdoor space at an attractive price. Sold as a set of two, these lightweight sun loungers have a 4-position backrest, rubber wheels for easy movement and are stackable for winter storage. The frame color is matte champagne and the matching sling is a pleasing taupe color. The Hydra Chaise Lounge is available to ship within one business day.

 

 

Gloster Ventura Chaise Lounge

The Gloster Ventura Chaise Lounge is a classic.

The Gloster Ventura Chaise Lounge is a classic.

Comfort, quality and style are hallmarks of the super plush Gloster Ventura Chaise Lounge. The durable frame is expertly constructed with Grade A teak wood, which makes this luxury chaise uniquely suitable for all outdoor environments. The discreet rear wheels give this traditional pool chaise mobility while the wide arms provide an added touch of comfort. The fast drying thick cushions are available in more than 90 stain resistant outdoor fabrics to complement your personal style. Add some outdoor throw pillows to complete the look.