So I’ve been informed that I should talk about Teak Maintenance. This is really the first blog post directly related to our own products, but could be used on other pieces that you might already have in relation to how to clean teak furniture.
Our teak products are relatively low maintenance, but do require some to keep that fresh clean look. Teak is resistant to rotting and molding, however the soap and shampoo used is not. Therefore, if your product is in a shower, or humid area indoors, we typically recommend cleaning it when you clean your bathroom or shower.
The best and easiest time to clean for teak maintenance, is while you are showering. The mat or bench will already be wet, so just take a light bristle nylon brush (similar to what you would use on vegetables or dishes), and brush away that soap residue. You may want to utilize our teak cleaning kit, or some other cleaning solutions you can find at local stores. After that thoroughly rinse and you should be good to go! Note: Never use a power washer on our Teak products.
Now the part that many people forget is to clean the underside of the mat, and the floor. Yes, you have this nice mat that looks fantastic, feels great, and you absolutely love, but remember it’s covering up some sort of flooring. So when you get out of the shower, lift the mat up, take it out of the shower or lean it against the wall, and wipe up the flooring and lightly scrub the bottom of the mat. Allow everything to dry and then put it back in place. Simple enough when you really think about it. Products that are outside, might require a little elbow grease, but still it isn’t anything that you can’t do on your own. Teak grays/silvers out faster outside than inside.
You will notice you can feel the fibers as the pores open up and the wood dries out. This is all natural and with a little light sanding and oiling you can bring the look pretty close to how you originally purchased it. Lightly sand with an 80 grit sand paper, and move up in grit (higher #’s) until you like the feel. Shouldn’t have to go over it more than twice, and you can use a power sander, just know that you don’t need much pressure. Then a coat or two of Teak oil and you are good to go.
For products that don’t require sanding, or you don’t want to sand them, but are just dirty give Murphy’s Oil Soap a try and that should clean those products right up. If you have had a product for a long time, look into our Cleaning Kits, which have a tablet that penetrates the wood, and gives it a very fresh look. We also provide teak oil to bring it back to its finished look. Hope this helped, and you can continue to enjoy your teak pieces!