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How to Clean Teak Decking

"Teak decking lasts a lifetime" - True or False?


Teak has a high oil content, high tensile strength and a tight grain, making it tremendously weatherproof, and one of the most durable timbers on the market. It is highly sought after as the preferred choice for flooring in all sorts of spaces, from super yachts, to hunting camps, to the foundations of homes all around the world.


Maintenance however is key. We are here to help you keep your timber as good as new, with our simple, yet effective methods.



Rule One: ALWAYS SCRUB ACROSS THE GRAIN


Scrub wood across the grain with a soft scrubbing pad or a soft bristle brush using a gentle cleanser then rinse well with water. Scrubbing with the grain tears teak’s soft grain from the planks, creating a rough surface with ridges in the teak.


For large areas, the use of rotary cleaning machines with dispenser tanks and soft bristle brushes is appropriate


Rule Two : DO NOT USE TWO-PART CLEANERS (UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY)


Overuse, or improper use, of two-part caustic acid cleaners, shortens the life of teak decks by eating away the teak. Only use these cleaners when everything else has FAILED. We recommend using our carefully curated maintenance pack which is compromised of everything you need, from the mop to the soap and everything in between. We focus on quality products to ensure that your flooring looks as good as it did the day it was installed.


Rather than stripping the timber of its softer components, we focus on gentle, yet effective methods.


Rule Three : NEVER USE A PRESSURE WASHER


Teak is comprised of hard and soft wood. A pressure washer will destroy the soft wood, leaving deep ridges in the deck that will collect water and debris. The life of teak decks is significantly shortened by pressure washers. So, they should never be used.



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