How to Restore Teak Dining Room Tables

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have old, worn teak dining tables in your home and want to restore the finish, you don't need to take them to a furniture restoration shop. You can restore your teak dining room tables by yourself and with only a few tools and materials. Depending on the size of the teak tables, your restoration project should only take a weekend to complete.

Clear everything off the tables and dust each table with a feather duster.

Put on dishwashing gloves and wipe down each teak dining table with wood oil soap, using clean cloths. This cleans the surfaces sufficiently to prepare them for refinishing.

Dampen another cloth with white spirit and wipe away the wood oil soap residue on each table. Let the wood air dry, leaving the white spirit to dissipate.

Sand each table in its entirety, going in the same direction as the wood grain, using ultra-fine sandpaper.

Wipe away the sawdust with a tack cloth. Gently rub each teak dining table with steel wool to complete the sanding, and then wipe again with a tack cloth.

Sponge on wood oil. Use teak oil or a finish that matches the original colour of the dining tables. Apply with the direction of the wood grain and allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.

Apply a second application of teak or wood oil finish with steel wool to work the finish deep into the wood grain.

Lightly dampen ultra-fine sandpaper and sand the second coat of finish gently, going in the direction of the wood grain. Then apply a third coat of wood oil finish with a sponge.

Let the third application dry, and then buff each teak dining table with a microfiber cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Feather duster
  • Dishwashing gloves
  • Wood oil soap
  • Cloths
  • White spirit
  • Ultra-fine sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Teak or wood oil finish
  • Sponge
  • Steel wool
  • Microfiber cloth
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Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.