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What is teak oil?

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What is Teak oil?

Good quality Teak oil that is produced to be used for both teak garden furniture and boat decking and is made from 4 ingredients.

Tung oil

tung tree seeds

Tung oil is extracted from the seeds of the Tung tree. Tung oil is used in teak oil for two reasons; it’s drying qualities and its colour. When Tung oil is exposed to the air it hardens and dries quickly this is ideal for use on teak garden furniture as it will ensure that, your bench for example, becomes rigid and strong very quickly. Tung oil gives teak wood a wet look with a golden tint that makes the grains and natural colours of the teak come to life.

 

Linseed oil

flax plant seeds

Linseed oil is similar to Tung oil in being that it is used for its drying and colour enhancing qualities. Linseed is the oil that is extracted from the seeds of the Flax plant. This oil is slow drying and will soak into the teak wood not just sit on the surface making your teak incredibly durable. The oil also helps to give your teak furniture a glossy surface that enhances the colours of the wood.

Flax plant from which the seeds are extracted pictured to the left.

 

Glycerine

Good quality teak oil should always contain a high Glycerine content; this will help protect your teak wood by removing water from the air around your furniture. Predominately used in the preservation of fruit and in soap making, Glycerine also has fantastic antiseptic qualities which will protect against disease and mildew.

Mineral spirits

Mineral spirits are used for two reasons, to thin the teak oil for easy application to teak wood and also for its cleaning properties.

To purchase your quality Teak oil, email sales@teakgardenfurniture.co.uk .

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