How to Repair a Teak Table

Updated February 21, 2017

Teak is known for its beautiful warm glow. As teak ages, it tends to take on a weathered grey hue, and while that is sometimes prized among teak enthusiasts, there is nothing as beautiful as its original golden glow. Repairing scratches and blemishes and then restoring a teak table is a rewarding process that is not incredibly labour intensive and even a novice can do it. Set aside an afternoon to return your teak table back to its original splendour.

Spread out the drop cloth and position the table on top of it.

Sand the table with a sander and fine-grain sand paper. Do not apply excessive pressure to the sander. Apply just enough pressure to remove surface scratches and the grey exterior.

Wipe off the dust from the table with a soft cloth.

Saturate a different soft cloth with teak oil.

Smooth the teak oil onto the table with the cloth in the direction of the grain. Smooth on light layers of the oil and repeat until the oil will no longer absorb into the wood.

Remove the excess oil with a clean, soft, dry cloth.

Allow the table to dry.

Buff the table with a clean, dry, soft cloth.

Saturate a clean, soft cloth with the teak sealer.

Rub the saturated cloth onto the table in the direction of the grain.

Allow the table to dry.


You may sand hard-to-reach places by hand. Cut up small pieces of sand paper and gently sand these areas. Remember not to apply too much force. Repairing and restoring your teak table is best done in a well-ventilated, dry area. Water stains should be treated as scratches and will have to be sanded away. If your teak table has a finish on it other than oil and sealant, you may need to use a stripper before you begin sanding.

Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Orbital sander
  • Fine-grain sand paper
  • Teak oil
  • Soft cloths
  • Teak sealer
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Rachael Lingerfelt has been writing since 2009 and occasionally publishes in Bozeman Montana's Community Food Co-Op's online newsletter about food and nutritional topics. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Montana State University.