Teak Memorial benches, known for their durability and natural beauty, can sometimes fall prey to the persistent presence of lichen. This common occurrence, while not harmful, can detract from the aesthetics of your memorial bench. In this short blog, we'll explore what lichen is, why it appears on teak benches, and how to effectively clean it off.

Understanding Lichen:

Lichen is a composite organism formed through a symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae. While it doesn't harm teak, it can create unsightly patches, affecting the overall appeal of your memorial bench.


Why Lichen Chooses Teak:

Teak, with its porous nature and exposure to the elements, provides an ideal environment for lichen growth. The combination of moisture, sunlight, and air creates conditions conducive to lichen thriving on the surface.


Cleaning Lichen Off Teak Benches:

  1. Gentle Brushing: Start by using a soft brush or cloth to gently remove loose or superficial lichen. This helps to avoid scratching or damaging the teak surface.
  2. Teak Cleaner: Opt for a teak cleaner designed for outdoor furniture. https://memorialbenchesuk.co.uk/barrettine-professional-teak-bench-cleaner-restorer
  3. Pressure Wash: You can simply wash off algae and lichen by using a pressure washer. Watch this video to see how easy it is https://youtu.be/Uy9B7TH3Thc
  4. Wash By Hand: Mix a small amount of washing-up liquid into warm water and use this with a stiff sponge or brush to clean away any dirt, algae or lichen.


Maintaining your teak memorial bench's pristine appearance doesn't have to be a daunting task, even when faced with lichen. Armed with gentle cleaning solutions and preventive measures, you can restore your teak memorial bench to its original glory, ensuring that it remains a beautiful and inviting part of your outdoor space.