Teakwood comes primarily from Indonesia and Korea, and because of the fact that it only grows at the equator and is in great demand, it is considered something of a rare commodity. An indoor teak table can bring years of joy and requires very little care. Depending upon the use of the table and its design, cleaning an indoor teak table can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, but maintaining your investment in an indoor teakwood table is relatively easy to do.
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Things you need
- Vacuum cleaner with attachments
- Cleaning bucket
- 1 tbsp dish detergent
- Soft scrub brush
- 3 soft cloths
- Furniture oil
Remove any protective glass top carefully and set it aside. Ornate tabletops may be protected with glass.
Use the wand on the vacuum cleaner with the bristle attachment to carefully suction out any pockets of dust that have accumulated in cracks and crevices. If the carvings are deep (more than an inch), use the crevice attachment that comes with most vacuum cleaners to get into the hard-to-reach areas, taking extreme care not to damage the carvings.
Fill a large cleaning bucket with warm water and about a tablespoon of a grease-cutting dish detergent. Dunk the soft brush and then shake it to remove excess water. Very carefully scrub the figurines and edges of carvings to remove any dirt or dust build-up that wasn’t removed with the vacuum cleaner.
Using a dry, clean, soft cloth, wipe away moisture and let the table air dry.
Apply a light coat of furniture oil, using a dry, clean, soft cloth, to restore sheen to the teak. Buff the wood gently, and wipe away any excess polish.
Clean both sides of the glass before returning it to the tabletop.
Tips and warnings
- Because teakwood harvesting demand is greater than the supply, teakwood tables that are maintained continue to appreciate in value.
- Keeping teak wood tabletops covered with protective shatter-resistant, custom-sized glass reduces the need to clean the carvings.
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