1. The Wing Collection by Richard Schultz, price upon request at Dunkirk (SF). 415.863.7183, dunkirk-sf.com
2. La Jolla all-weather collection, $1,185 at Restoration Hardware (Corte Madera). 415.924.8919, restorationhardware.com
3. Adjustable wood slat double lounger, $549 at West Elm (Corte Madera). 415.927.0202, westelm.com
4. Ventana trolley, $399 at Terra Teak and Garden (Mill Valley). 415.331.1603, terrateakandgarden.com
5. Fun in the Sun Roll Up Chaise, $399 at Smith and Hawken (Mill Valley). 415.381.1800, smithandhawken.com
Amy Ferber, owner of San Rafael’s The Wooden Duck, gives expert advice on how to care for outdoor teak furniture.
What type of sealant would you recommend to protect teak?
An oil-based deck sealant, which can usually be found at your local hardware store, has the advantage of going on with the ease of oil but has the resistant properties of polyurethane (with a more matte finish). The brush on, wipe off type of product should last three to five years outside.
And for those who don’t want to spend the time using a sealant?
Just leave it alone, which is the easiest option. The natural oils in teak preserve the wood for years, even in the harshest weather conditions. If left unfinished, teak weathers to a beautiful silver-gray while remaining smooth to the touch. Small surface cracks may develop over time, which is normal and will not compromise the structure of the piece.
While washing it is not necessary, teak can also be cleaned periodically with warm water, a mild detergent and a stiff brush. This will maintain a silver instead of a gray color.