Teak oil comes from the hardwood teak tree that is common to southern Asia. The oil is used to waterproof wood and to protect it from fading due to exposure to the elements. Teak oil also has the ability to keep wood from ageing and turning grey, which is a natural part of wood's ageing. Teak oil allows the wood to keep its original colour. Ironically, the only wood that does not take kindly to application of teak oil is teak wood itself. However, teak oil can be used in projects with other wood to prevent wear and tear.
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Things you need
- Warm water
- Dish soap
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Teak oil (liquid or spray)
- Paint brush
Mix warm water with dish soap to make a solution to clean the wood. Use a cloth to clean the surface of the wood to remove any dirt and build-up that you can see.
Leave the wood overnight or until the areas you cleaned are completely dry. If you notice any more dirt after letting the wood dry, clean the wood and let it dry again.
Sand down the wood with fine grit sandpaper, removing the very top layer. Sand just enough that you smooth the surface. This will help remove any dull grain that is covering up the natural colouring of the wood. Wipe the wood with a clean cloth to remove any dust that results from sanding.
Apply an even coat of teak oil and let it dry for an hour. You can buy teak oil in liquid or spray form. If you have liquid teak oil, apply it with a paint brush. Apply additional coats as needed, checking the colour after each one to see if it is satisfactory.
Repeat the procedure every three months, or more frequently if needed, to preserve the wood's condition.
Tips and warnings
- Keep conditioned wood in a dry, well-shaded area to help preserve the wood's beauty.
- Do not apply the oil in thick coats, because the wood won't be able to absorb it properly.
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