How to Restore a Teak Dining Table

Teak furniture is costly because the wood lasts practically forever. This dense type of hardwood is strong enough for use outside and stylish enough for the interior areas of your home. The wood can even repel and prevent insects that eat wood, including termites. Even with proper maintenance and care, teak may become dry and develop a change in colour or shape. Restoring a teak dining table makes the wood look as new as when you first brought it home.

Pour a small amount of wood cleaner on the furniture, using a product designed for use on teak wood. Scrub the cleaning product around on the wood with a scrub pad. Scrub all areas of the teak, including the legs, backs, tops and sides. Follow the natural grain of the wood.

Fill a plastic bucket with warm water. Dip a sponge in the water and lightly run it over the teak, rinsing off any of the wood cleaner. Continue wiping down the wood with fresh water, until you remove all traces of the cleaner. Wipe down the wood with a soft cloth.

Check the wood for any signs of mould or mildew. If you notice a problem, apply a coating of the teak cleaner and scrub again. Rinse the wood with fresh water and check for any remaining mould problem. Keep adding more cleaner and rinsing the wood, until the mildew disappears.

Rub a damp cloth over the surface of the wood, leaving the teak slightly damp. Dip a soft cloth in the teak brightener and wipe it across the furniture, following the wood grain. Rinse with more fresh water and let the furniture dry overnight.

Apply a thin layer of teak oil to the surface of the wood with a soft cloth or dry rag. Follow the wood grain and wait for the wood to absorb the oil. Apply additional coats, until the wood stops absorbing the oil. Wipe off the excess wood with a dry cloth and let dry.


Avoid using steel wool to clean and restore teak furniture, as it can leave a stain behind and also split the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Teak wood cleaner
  • Scrub pad
  • Plastic bucket
  • Sponge
  • 3 soft cloths
  • Teak brightener
  • Teak oil
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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.