Banana benches are ideal for sitting back and relaxing in your garden during the warmer months and can also be a great addition to an outdoor dining table for al fresco dining. However, like most garden furniture, your banana bench will require some TLC from time to time.
In this guide, we’ll be giving you some of our top maintenance tips for your teak banana bench.
Cleaning Your Teak Banana Bench
Before starting to clean your banana bench, it’s important to know that over time, teak will naturally lose its golden colour and fade into a beautiful silvery grey. This is due to constant exposure to sunlight, which naturally bleaches the teak and doesn’t mean the bench is dirty or any less sturdy.
Although premium grade sustainable teak furniture can naturally withstand the elements and won’t become mouldy itself, mould and mildew can grow on top of your banana bench.
Fortunately, this can be removed easily with some light maintenance and shouldn’t affect your banana bench so long as it isn’t left untreated for too long.
How to Clean Your Teak Banana Bench
Step 1: Add a few drops of non-abrasive washing up liquid to a bucket and then fill it with warm water.
Step 2: Use a scrubbing brush or scouring pad to give your furniture a good clean and remove all of the mould and mildew that has grown on the surfaces of your banana bench.
Step 3: Once all of the dirt has been removed, rinse off your bench with a hose pipe or a bucket of water (without soap).
Step 4: Allow the bench to dry thoroughly in the sun.
Once all of these steps are complete, you banana bench should look lovely and clean again, however, if this hasn’t quite done the trick, there are alternative teak cleaning products available to help get your banana bench totally spick and span These products are formulated to kill any mould and mildew and restore the teak’s natural golden colour.
However, it is important to note that they can be more abrasive and could potentially damage your banana bench if used incorrectly, so make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always carry out a test on a small, unnoticeable patch of your bench (such as the underside) before applying it all over.
How to Make Your Teak Banana Bench Look New Again
If you would like to regain the original golden colour of your teak banana bench, you can treat it with special oils and sealants. These can be applied after the bench has fully weathered (turned grey), though it’s important to know that the application of sealants and oils will invalidate your rights to return the bench (see our T&Cs)
How Should You Store Your Banana Bench?
As we mentioned earlier, teak wood is durable enough to withstand the harsh and unpredictable UK weather conditions, so you can leave your banana bench outside all year round.
However, there are some extra steps you may wish to take in order to protect it when not in use. Bench covers are a great way to add a layer of protection for your teak banana bench and can help to prevent the growth of mould and mildew on the surfaces, so you won’t have to clean it as often.
At Mr Teak, we offer a range of breathable banana bench covers to suit all sizes and prevent the furniture from sweating.
One thing to note is that your furniture should always be thoroughly dry before you cover it, otherwise you could risk the furniture sweating which will lead to an increase of mould and mildew growth.
Sustainable Teak Banana Benches with Mr Teak
At Mr Teak, we use premium grade sustainable plantation teak for all of our Banana Benches which are built by our craftsman. Check out our fantastic range of Banana benches today.