The Royal Teak Collection™ is kiln dried and fully machine made with mortise and tenon joints for a tight fit. Only stainless steel hardware is used, and the high content of oil in our Teak, protects the furniture from the outdoor elements, no matter what climate you might live in, and will ensure you a lifetime of enjoyment with your furniture.
Teak has been the mainstay of shipbuilding due to it’s capability to survive in any climate for centuries, but also for the softness almost silk-like feel that makes contact with teak a joy whether the Teak is newly installed or 150 years old. Not to forget the beauty of it.
Teak origins in the south-east Asia and especially Indonesia is well known for their supply of Teak. The Teak tree (Tectona Grandis) is a very slow growing tree which takes 45-50 years of growth to “mature”. The tree will attain a height of up to 150ft. with a diameter of 4-5ft. and a leaf comparable to a tobacco leaf with sizes over 1 sq/ft.Some people believe that Teak is taken from the rain forest and therefore environmental damaging, but the fact is that teak trees can not grow in tropical rain forests, and are mostly found in dry, hilly dessert-like terrains like on the Island of Java, Indonesia. Especially Indonesia has been very successful in managing teak forestry. All the way back in the 1800’s, the Dutch started farming teak in large plantations, and when the Indonesian government took over they introduced the system one tree down, two trees planted. This has resulted in Indonesia today being the biggest supplier of “A-Grade” Teak timber, which is controlled and managed by the government operated agency Perum Perhutani.
Perum Perhutani operates under very strict rules in regards to provide only mature teak, and also how many trees can be felled and how many replanted in order to maintain the teak industry for future generations. The teak furniture and timber industry is by far dominating on the Island of Java, and provides employment to hundred of thousands of people.
Mature Teak or A-Grade Teak is timber from trees that have grown for at least 45 years. In order for teak to obtain a very high concentrate of oil, the tree has to grow for at least 45 years before harvested. In that period of time, the oil will spread too all parts of the wood, bonding the wood, making sure that nothing penetrates into the wood. Oil content is why Teak is mostly quoted for it’s durability. However, teak is also extremely dense (40lbs. Pr. Cu. Ft. when dry) which, combined with oil, makes it very resistant to rot caused by fungal decay but also acts as a natural insect repellent giving the teaks very high resistance towards termites and other insects.
If left in the sun, the Teak will turn to a graceful silver appearance which looks stunning. However, you can at any time bring it back to natural by using a Teak-cleanser or by power washing it. If you choose to power wash, please use less than 2000psi. Further, you also have the option of “white-washing” it. Once it has turned to the silver appearance, simply mix a bucket of bleach and water 50/50 and spray it on the furniture. After 30 min., just hose it off and you will have a sparkling silver/ white-washed look. If you do not care for the aged look, you can opt to seal the Teak. However, this requires periodic application approximately every two years, if using Royal Teak Collections specially developed Teak sealer. This will give the teak the look known from boat decks and railings. Sealer can be wiped on with a cloth, brushed on, or even sprayed on (with an empty Windex-bottle) and left to dry without wiping.