How to Restore Teak Dining Room Tables

Written by owen e. richason iv
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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.

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Things you 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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

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

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