The Natural Elegance of Grade-A Teak: Why You Should Avoid Teak Oil

When it comes to luxury outdoor furniture, ARB Teak stands out for its commitment to quality and natural beauty. Our products are crafted from Grade-A teak, renowned for its durability, elegance, and resistance to the elements. Unlike many others in the industry, we advocate for letting teak’s inherent qualities shine through, without the use of oils or chemical treatments. Here, we delve into why maintaining teak in its natural state preserves its beauty and enhances its longevity.

The Unmatched Qualities of Grade-A Teak

Grade-A teak is the highest quality teak wood available, derived from the heartwood of mature teak trees. This wood is rich in natural oils and rubber, which provide it with unique properties:

  • Durability: Grade-A teak is incredibly durable, making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor furniture.
  • Natural Resistance: The natural oils in the wood make it resistant to water, insects, and decay.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Over time, teak develops a beautiful silver-gray patina that adds to its charm and elegance.

The Myths of Teak Oil

Many believe that applying teak oil or other chemical treatments can enhance the appearance and longevity of teak furniture. However, this is a misconception. Here’s why we at ARB Teak steer clear of these products:

  • Damage to Natural Oils: Teak oil and similar treatments can strip the wood of its natural oils, which are crucial for its resistance to water and pests.
  • Accelerated Aging: Instead of preserving the wood, these treatments can cause it to age prematurely, leading to cracks and splits.
  • Loss of Patina: One of the most distinctive features of teak is its ability to develop a natural patina. Teak oil can interfere with this process, resulting in an uneven and less attractive finish.

Preserving Teak’s Natural Beauty

At ARB Teak, we believe in letting teak furniture age gracefully and naturally. Here are some tips to maintain the natural elegance of your teak pieces:

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your teak furniture with mild soap and water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or pressure washers.
  • Brushing: Use a hard-bristled brush to remove dirt and debris. This will help maintain the wood’s surface without causing damage.
  • Seasonal Care: If your furniture is exposed to the elements year-round, consider covering it during harsh weather conditions to prevent excessive wear.



Embracing the Patina

One of the most captivating aspects of teak furniture is its ability to age beautifully. As the wood matures, it develops a silvery-gray patina that many teak enthusiasts cherish. This natural aging process is a testament to the quality and longevity of Grade-A teak. Embracing this transformation allows you to appreciate the true character and elegance of the wood.




At ARB Teak, our philosophy is rooted in respect for the natural properties of Grade-A teak. We encourage our customers to embrace the natural beauty and resilience of their teak furniture, without resorting to oils or chemical treatments. By doing so, you ensure that your teak pieces remain stunning and functional for generations to come.

Discover the timeless appeal of Grade-A teak with ARB Teak and experience the difference that natural elegance makes.