How to Use Teak Oil

Updated February 21, 2017

Teak wood is noted for its beauty. Much of the unique colouring of teak actually comes from oil in the wood itself. As it ages and weathers, the oils change and the appearance of the original wood greys. Although some prefer the silvering affects of time on teak wood, others prefer to use teak oil to maintain the original lustre and colour of the wood. With careful application you can preserve the rich hues of teak wood with teak wood oil.

Prepare the wood by removing any stains or residues with a good wood cleaner. If the wood has been varnished or has any other sealer applied to the surface, this must be removed prior to using teak oil.

Rinse thoroughly after cleaning and allow the wood to air dry.

Apply teak oil with a soft cloth or a natural bristled brush. Coat the wood with a generous layer of teak oil. Work with the grain of the wood and allow to soak for 10 minutes.

Wipe away excess oil with a soft cloth and allow to dry completely, usually 2 to 3 hours. Add additional coats until you reach the desired effect. Some surfaces may require 4 or more coats of teak oil.

Clean any spills, brushes or cloth with mineral spirits.


Soak any material that has been saturated with mineral spirits in water to avoid combustion. Always dispose of products saturated with mineral spirits in a closed container filled with water. They may spontaneously catch fire if discarded improperly.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Mineral spirits
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