On certain parts of your boat, the more care you take, the
more it will repay you. The rewards of your hard work: more luster and
shine—and ultimately, more life from your boat. Nowhere is this more true than
in dealing with your teak boat decking. Teak, like all woods, originally comes
from live plants. Its organic nature means that it’s going to need more
attention than metals. The good news here: with a few teak deck maintenance
tips and the right tools, you can preserve its original luster over the
Make sure your teak deck
is clean and dry before applying any protective coating.
Before you wax your car, you make sure it’s clean and dry.
The same should be true with your teak boat decking. You’ll want your
protective coating to be fully immersed in the wood, and that requires a
debris- and moisture-free surface.
But one question remains: how do you best prepare your teak
for protection like this? You can start with a stainless steel scrubber, like
Life Scrub All. Designed
specifically to handle teak and other hard woods, this scrubber will help you
clear out specific spots that need work, clearing the way for your teak to look
Never use general
cleaner on teak.
General cleaner is for general use; teak, however, is not
“general use.” And there’s something else to pay attention to here as well. You
might see a lot of advice online to look for two-part cleaners for your teak.
Ignore it. Opt instead for a cleaner like
Brite® Powder Cleaner
. Doing so will give you two major advantages:
- Unlike two-part cleaners, this specialized
product won’t remove the soft grain from your teak. This helps maintain the
and structure of your
teak, even with a thorough cleaning.
- Simply cleaning teak with this product will
prepare your teak for an oil sealer application, simplifying and making the entire
teak restoration process more efficient.
Invest in a quality
teak oil, and make it a ritual.
Taking care of your teak deck by oiling it is a favorite
pastime among boating enthusiasts who really take pride in the appearance of
their boat. If you want the same results they enjoy, it’s time to invest in a
Remembering to oil a teak deck that has been cleaned and
first—at least 24 hours of drying
in advance for best results. Apply the oil with a paint brush and gentle
strokes. In all likelihood, you may want to apply multiple thin coats.
Teak deck maintenance shouldn’t feel like a chore. Simply
follow these basic tips, get equipped with the right products, and you’re sure
to enjoy long-lasting, quality teak for years to come.