How to repair teak furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

Saturate the sponge in the warm water.

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

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

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.

Remove dust with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Saturate a clean cloth with teak oil.

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.

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

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


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

Things You'll Need

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

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.