Cleaning Teak Furniture

By Robert Robillard on Home Maintenance

Cleaning Teak Furniture

Cleaning Teak

Regular cleaning of your teak will help prevent mildew build-up and potential discoloration. When cleaning your teak, always start with least aggressive cleaning solution first. If that doesn’t work, try something more concentrated.

Sometimes a quick wash with mild soap and water and a mixture of bleach or vinegar is all that is needed.

Other times a deeper more aggressive cleaning is needed, in which case you should use a store-bought teak cleaner or oxygen bleach.

Cleaning Teak Furniture

2 DIY Cleaning Solutions

  1. Mix 1 cup each of chlorine bleach and laundry detergent with 1 gallon of warm water.
  2. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water.

Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses.

Note – If the teak is badly stained with mildew and mold or other material, add about 2 teaspoons of trisodium phosphate [TSP] to the mixture.

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DIY Solution Application

Use a spray bottle or garden sprayer to ensure precise application of your DIY solution. Garden sprayers include a reservoir tank, hose, valve, wand, pump, and spray nozzle and require less effort to use than a hand help hand-pump sprayer.

Apply the cleaning solution, in a well ventilated area, onto the teak and use a soft plastic bristle brush to scrub the solution into the teak. Wait 15 minutes and then rinse with water.

For teak that has seen a long time exposure to the weather you may need a more aggressive store bought cleaning solution.

Cleaning Teak Furniture

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