How to repair teak furniture

Written by rachael lingerfelt
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How to repair teak furniture
Repairing old or damaged teak can be done by almost any novice. (furniture image by Luisafer from

Teak is a beautiful and durable hardwood. As time passes and teak ages and goes through the wear and tear of everyday use, it looses its golden brown lustre and takes on a weathered grey hue. Scratches and water marks can also damage teak's original glowing beauty. Unlike some woods, slapping on a lacquer won't restore its former alure. However, it is not hard to restore teak's original colour and glow and remove any unsightly scratches and water stains.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Soft sponge
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Soft, lint-free cloths
  • Orbital sander
  • Fine-grain sanding paper
  • Teak oil

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket with one gallon of warm water and 10 drops of dish soap.

  2. 2

    Saturate the sponge in the warm water.

  3. 3

    Wipe the furniture with the sponge. Repeat until all surface debris and dirt have been removed.

  4. 4

    Blot excess water off with a soft, lint-free cloth. Allow to dry.

  5. 5

    Sand the furniture with the orbital sander and fine-grain sandpaper, in the direction of the grain. For hard to reach areas, tear off a piece of sandpaper and sand by hand. Press lightly when sanding. Sand until the grey wood, scratches and water stains have been removed.

  6. 6

    Remove dust with a soft, lint-free cloth.

  7. 7

    Saturate a clean cloth with teak oil.

  8. 8

    Rub the saturated cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Apply a thin layer over the entire piece. Continue applying thin layers of oil until no more will absorb into the wood.

  9. 9

    Remove excess oil with a soft, lint-free cloth.

  10. 10

    Buff the oiled furniture with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Never sand against the grain as it could ruin the appearance of the wood.

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