Life Expectancy of Teak
As a teak product owner, you can seriously alter the life expectancy of teak for better or worse.
Extending Your Teak's Life:
Protecting your teak with TeakGuard Finish is one of the best ways to extend its life. The only proviso is that the cleaning process described must be executed so that the bulk of the indigenous teak oil is removed from the surface of the teak before applying TeakGuard Finish. When cleaned as described, the base coat of the TeakGuard can last for years and will require only minor cleaning and recoating to retain its original color and luster.
Shortening Your Teak's Life:
Cleaning teak with chlorine bleach, chlorine pool shock or sodium hydroxide to lighten stains and remove mold discoloration.
Repeated sanding to remove failed finishes.
Improper pressure washing techniques.
Some cleaning and bleaching products can permanently damage the surface of the teak by breaking down and weakening the bonds between the individual fibers that make up the wood. They also remove much of the natural coloration of the wood.
If your teak has been cleaned with sodium hydroxide or strong chlorine bleach products, there is a very real possibility that the bonds between the individual fibers of the teak have been damaged and weakened. This does not happen in all cases, but in those cases where it has, you can expect even TeakGuard Finish to peel off at least once when the bonds finally break completely. There is nothing short of deep sanding that will prevent this potential peeling condition. However, we do not recommend deep sanding as a preventative action to avoid what is only a potential problem.
Repeated sanding to remove failed finishes turns your teak investment into dust.
Improper pressure washing techniques and equipment can gouge and deeply check the surface of the teak, leaving it very rough.