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Teak Cleaning 101: How to Take Care of Your Teak Dining Furniture

Teak FurnitureIndoor teak tables are sought after for their beautiful colour, renewability, and ability to withstand natural elements without deteriorating. Unlike other types of wood, teak provides clear planks with few knots that help produce high-quality pieces of furniture one can use to furnish his home. Caring for your teak dining chair and table is relatively simple due to the low maintenance it requires, not to mention that it is exceptionally easy to clean – especially when you utilize the right tools and products.

If you have recently purchased a teak dining chair in Singapore and want to keep its look for many years, check out the guide below.

How to Clean Teak Furniture?

Indoor teak dining tables are very easy to clean, and is probably the most durable wood product. Clean the surface of your dining table using a combination of water and mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid. Another option is mixing a few tablespoons of detergent with one gallon of warm water. Stubborn grime can be successfully removed using a soft brush, but pay attention not to press too hard against the surface of the wood, otherwise you might scratch it. Heavily ingrained stains can be removed by sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper, working only with the direction of the timber grain (however do note that sanding will also require another coat of varnish).

Once you are done brushing the table, use a damp cloth or sponge damped in clear water to rinse it. Make sure to let it dry completely before you apply sealer or any polishing oils to its surface.

Avoid Exposure to Sunlight and Humidity

Exposing your indoor teak table to sunlight can alter its surface appearance from shiny gold to a duller shade of silver-gray. This colour alteration does not indicate deterioration in the wood, but the evaporation of oil, which is completely normal. If wood is unvarnished, full graying occurs after about six months of direct sunlight exposure. The good news is that you can always restore the natural shine of the furniture by cleaning it properly and then applying sealer or varnish.


At the same time, changing levels of humidity might also affect the wood, specifically because most teak wood originates in the humid climate of Indonesia. Keep in mind that only quality teak furniture is kiln-dried to avoid cracking, wrapping, or splitting, so make sure to purchase one from a reliable manufacturer. The best to prevent damaging the wood is installing a dehumidifier, which helps reduces humidity and prolong the life of your teak chair, coffee table among other furniture.

Protect the Surface of the Wood

Teak is a hardwood, but this does not make it less prone to damage and scratches. Protect the surface of your dining table with either a tablecloth or table pad, and utilize padded place mats for serving snacks, coffee, and tea. When doing homework, make sure to place a sturdy cardboard underlay, as sharp pens or pencils can easily mark the surface of the teak.

Avoid plastic, glass or other non-breathable covers, as they tend to promote mold and mildew growth – which will irreparably damage the wood if not properly addressed on time.

Seal the Surface of Teak

Although indoor teak tables can be oiled for maintenance, it is recommended that you seal or varnish it to preserve its shiny gold and appearance. Using a teak sealer/varnish reduces the oxidation on the surface of the table, which usually results from the air coming into contact with the wood. Consider looking for dining chairs in Singapore to beautifully complement your teak table.


Author’s Bio

Cheryl Lim writes for Scanteak – a renowned brand that sells beautifully designed and lasting teak furniture in Singapore and around the world. At Scanteak, we pride ourselves on over 40 years of crafting Teak, a prized tropical hardwood, into furniture of timeless, classic designs. Our Scandinavian ideology maintains that furniture should complement our lifestyles, so that we’ll always have time for the things that truly matter – friends, family, and feeling at home.

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