ARB – Your Quality Teak Specialists!
ARB Teak & Specialties is a premier manufacturer and distributor of luxury teak products. We specialize in custom-made furnishings designed to enhance the beauty of your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Our exceptional design and unparalleled quality have made us a preferred destination for all your teak needs. We invite you to shop online or visit one of our store locations. Our products speak for themselves and our customer service is sure to meet and surpass your expectations. For furniture you will enjoy for a lifetime and beyond, shop ARB teak!
We carry a large selection of Teak Furniture including: Tables, Chairs, Sofas, Accessories, Dining Tables, Steamer Chairs, Dining Sets, Loungers, Patio Sets, Garden Benches, Outdoor Furniture and a large selection of Bathroom products and Shower Benches.
Learn how to clean your teak patio furniture here.
ARB Teak & Specialties has everything you need to make your indoor or outdoor space beautiful.
Be sure to visit on of our two showrooms and check them out here:
ARB Teak Toronto
3345 North Service Road
Burlington, ON L7N 3G2
ARB Teak Montreal
3932 Aut.440 West
Laval, QC H7T 2H6
We stand behind our products. Our furnishings are of superior quality and are guaranteed.
Why Choose Teak?
Teak is an extremely dense grained hardwood with a beautiful rich golden color. Characteristics of teak include strength, durability and resistance to insects, rot and decay. It has high natural oil content, which continually preserves the wood, hence its use in wet/dry applications.
Teak is the most exported lumber for high-end furniture in the world. Teak has a reputation for its enduring qualities in all weather conditions and low maintenance requirements. Furnishings built from teak combine functionality, beauty and durability.
Public parks all over the world are furnished with teak benches, some of which are nearly 100 years old. Outdoor teak benches and furniture are used in backyards, gardens and ski and tropical resorts due to its durability, low maintenance requirements and natural beauty.
Teak weathers beautifully when untreated and left outdoors, without the risk of rot and decay. When left outdoors to age, the elements will gradually change the color of the wood from rich golden brown to a soft silvery grey finish. This change in color does not affect the durability of the wood. Teak furniture can be passed on for generations and years to come.
A brief history of teak…
Teak wood has long been a prized material among the wealthy and powerful. Native to the tropics, the teak tree is commonly found in the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and most commonly, Indonesia. The Dutch, who colonized the region in the 7th century, used teak wood for shipbuilding due to its superior quality. It is said that the first teak furniture was made from the recycled deck boards of decommissioned ships. In some cases objects made from teak have been found intact after more than 2000 years.
There are few, however who take their teak more seriously than those in Indonesia. The government, since the mid 20th century, has been dedicated to managing the country’s valuable natural resource through official teak plantations. Each year a pre-determined number of trees are cut, and replaced by new ones planted in their place.
Why Choose ARB Teak ?
The quality of our products and high level of customer service have made us one of the largest distributors of teak in North America. Here a few more reasons to choose ARB…
ARB products are made from responsibly harvested grade ‘A’ teak - dried to perfection and beautifully finished. We use only the highest quality hardware made from solid brass and stainless steel, meaning no rust, ever – guaranteed.
Whether buying your first item made from teak, or planning a backyard overhaul, ARB is with you every step of the way. No matter what size your project we are here to help. Our personalized service is unparalleled. We ensure that you will be satisfied for years to come.
Caring for teak
Teak requires very little care and no preservatives or treatments of any kind to protect it from the elements. When left outdoors untreated, natural teak will gradually weather to an elegant silver-grey ‘patina’. Teak left in this natural state is easily maintained, and only requires periodic cleaning.
New teak furniture often appears polished. This is due to natural oils in the wood that come to the surface following the manufacturing process. Once left outdoors and exposed to the sun and rain, this polished finish will fade as the surface oils evaporate.
Natural imperfections, which are inherent properties of the wood, will show over time, further enhancing the beauty of the wood. In humid or wet climates, or after rains, the wood may naturally expand and contract, causing the grain to rise. Small cracks may also develop periodically in the wood, depending on the seasonal variations. Water spots or other discoloration of the furniture surface may be noticed during the initial weathering process. This again is natural as the surface oils evaporate. Don’t worry - these spots will disappear over time. These natural imperfections will not affect the strength or the life expectancy of your furniture.
To clean teak furniture, start by rinsing it down using fresh clean water. Using a gentle bristled brush and a solution of 2/3 cup of household detergent, ¼ cup of bleach in 1 gallon of warm water, gently scrub the wet wood in the direction of the grain. This will remove the surface dust and dirt. Rinse the furniture thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.
Once teak wood has been allowed to weather the appearance may be further enhanced by a once annual washing in the spring. We suggest using soapy water or a teak cleaner to remove accumulated dirt. We do not recommend using a high-pressure hose as it may result in permanent damage to your furniture! Learn more here.
Treating your furniture with teak oil or other preservatives is not necessary; it is strictly cosmetic, and will not extend the life of your furniture. We do not recommend using teak oil on your outdoor furniture, as it creates unnecessary maintenance and can increase mildew growth and irregular coloring.
Should you decide to treat your furniture with oil or other protective products, we recommend that you wait at least two weeks before applying any product. Make sure that the furniture be thoroughly washed as described above and allowed to dry at least 48 hours. Dirt and residue trapped between the teak protector and the wood surface may result in mildew growth and irregular coloring. Always test the teak protector on an inconspicuous area to ensure you are satisfied with the result before proceeding.
To remove grease spots, we recommend a de-greasing agent and a gentle bristled brush. Rinse the cleaned areas thoroughly with fresh water.
Teak furniture may be left outdoors uncovered, even during the harsh winter months however, care should be taken to protect against wind and snow loading. If you prefer to store your furniture, it will be more stable in an unheated, dry shed or garage. Moving it indoors to a heated dry environment may cause breakage. It may also be covered using a breathable covering that allows for good ventilation. Do not wrap your furniture in plastic or tarps since there will be no air flow and it will cause mildew growth. Do not store your teak furniture on wet ground.
Some pieces of teak furniture have exposed screws which may require tightening. Furniture should be checked from time to time to ensure the screws are snug. Care should be taken to not under or over-tighten the screws. This regular practice will avoid breakage and maintain furniture stability. This is specifically the case with teak umbrellas.
Before using your furniture for the first time we recommend that you wipe your furniture with a damp cloth to remove any dust remaining from the manufacturing process. Screws should be checked from time to time to ensure they are tightened.
As mentioned above, your new furniture contains natural oil that will rise to the surface following the first few rainfalls. This will continue until the teak has developed the characteristic silver-grey patina.
We recommend that you bring your cushions in to protect them from the rain!
If you purchased your teak furniture solely for indoor use, it should be given a light application of clear furniture wax. This will protect the wood from dust, dirt and natural body oils.