Your new teak memorial bench will be delivered assembled, fine sanded and ready to use. In the warmer months we apply small amounts of PVA glue to the arms and tops of the bench frame to reduce end grain movement. This will naturally disappear over time or it can be removed with some fine sanding. The high levels of natural rubber and silica found in our high grade Teak allows the furniture to sit outdoors all year round without rotting or moving. We recommend NOT treating your Teak Memorial Bench. Simply put it in situe, leave and expect a life time of use.
Teak Bench Cleaner
Over time, your Teak Memorial Bench will turn a graceful silver colour. This is purely superficial and presents no long term structural damage. Why does Teak turn silver? It is nature's way of protecting itself. When bare Teak timber is exposed to the elements, it oxidises and forms a layer to protect itself. This layer can be gently sanded back or chemically cleaned to reveal the unprotected, bare Teak timber beneath. We sell a gentle Gentle Teak Bench Cleaner which will clean most dirt, algae and silver from your Memorial bench.
You can also maintain the original colour of Teak by applying a Sealer. A sealer provides a film of protection over the timber and maintains the original colour.
If this is the course of treatment you are looking for you may want to consider using Clear Satin Flexterior (available from national DIY chains) - A flexible exterior satin wood finish with ultraviolet and fungicide protection of the film. Flexterior with its special properties will not peel, crack or blister when correctly applied. 3 coats will bring out and maintain a rich golden Teak colour for approximately 1 year.
NEVER APPLY OILS TO A BENCH THAT IS EITHER DAMP, DIRTY OR SILVER DUE TO AGEING - YOUR BENCH WILL TURN BLACK!!