How to Care Your Teak Furniture?

Teak wood furniture is indeed more expensive than other wood materials. But it can last up to 15-20 years if treated properly. How to take care of teak furniture? Let’s look at the following discussion which has been summarized by the Kaliuda Gallery team. 

How to Clean Teak Wood Furniture?

Teakwood has a natural resistance to mold and rot; however, unsightly mold and mildew can still form on the surface of the wood over time. To remove mildew and other natural stains from your teak wood furniture, follow these easy steps.

What You Will Need:

  1. Bucket
  2. Dish detergent
  3. 1 cup bleach
  4. 1-gallon water
  5. Soft, plastic brush
  6. Optional: teak cleaner
Step 1: Clear a space.

Set aside anything you don’t want to get wet. If you are cleaning interior teak furniture, lay down a drop cloth and make sure your space is well ventilated.

Step 2: Rinse the teak furniture.

Using your hose, rinse your furniture. Don’t power-wash – it’s a little too harsh.

Step 3: Use a cleaning solution.

Gently scrub your furniture with a mild cleaning solution – either a store-bought teak cleaner or a homemade solution. You can make your own by adding a small amount of dish detergent to a mixture of 1 cup bleach or white vinegar and 1 gallon of water solution. You can also use a store-bought teak cleaner, but be mindful that store-bought chemical cleaners can be harsh on your furniture and your skin. However, these cleaners are most useful for taking out deep stains from grease. Use a soft plastic brush, as metal brushes can damage the wood’s surface. 

Step 4

Leave the furniture for about 15 minutes under the shadows. Do not expose to direct sunlight.

Turquoise Teak wood Buffet Side board 2 doors Furniture & Home Decor by Kaliuda Gallery Bali
Turquoise Teak wood Buffet/Sideboard 2 doors
Furniture & Home Decor by Kaliuda Gallery Bali
Step 5

Rinse thoroughly with water.

Step 6

Let it dry.


Make sure your furniture is not damp to prevent mold growth.

Cleaning Teak Furniture from Stain

Sometimes coffee or tea may leave stains on your teak furniture. To prevent stains from spills onto your teak furniture, you can wipe it up quickly with soapy water and a soft-bristled scrub brush. However, stains that have stayed longer may need a more thorough cleaning with the teak cleaner.

You can use a light sanding of the very top layer of your teak furniture using grade sandpaper and finish off with a fine grade to make the surface look nice and smooth again.

To brush the surface, make sure that you avoid using a brass brush, steel wool, or a pressure washer to clean the surface as it will result in rust spots on your furniture. Using a brass brush or pressure washer can lead to a rough, splintery surface. 


To avoid glass marks on the surface of the table, use a coasters for both cold and hot water.
Teak Wood - Candy Brown Color by Kaliuda Gallery Bali
Teak Wood – Candy Brown Color by Kaliuda Gallery Bali

Maintaining Outdoor Teak Furniture

  1. Wash teak pieces with soap and water and a soft-bristle brush; allow to dry.
  2. Apply a teak brightener to restore the original color then rinse.
  3. Apply a UV blocking teak sealant and allow it to dry.
  4. The teak sealant should maintain the original color of the wood for about one year.

Do’s and Don’ts On Teak Furniture Care (Summary)

– Regularly clean with dry cloth and clean water
– Scrub inline with the grain when rubbing teak furniture
– Maintain honey brown color with teak sealer or water-based every 7-8 months
– Covering teak furniture when in winter or extremely harsh weather.
– Use oil products for your outdoor teak furniture
– Paint your teak furniture, is not recommended in case is not really necessary
– Use hard steel wool or brass brush to clean
– Use hard chemicals products for cleaning
Do’s and Don’ts On Teak Furniture Care

How to care for teak furniture is indeed tricky. If you have furniture from any material, are damaged, need service, or want to replace the color with a new one, please contact us. Kaliuda Gallery Bali also provides furniture service with quality which is no doubt the best furniture service in Bali. 


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