To keep the teak on your boat in tip-top condition, we would recommend the following:
- Rinse your teak decks regularly with fresh water or mild cleaners to remove stains and pollutants. Spills from suntan lotions, motor oils or oily foods should be wiped off as much as possible with a clean rag or paper towel.
- When cleaning teak decks, scrub across the grain with a soft plastic bristle brush. Scrubbing with the grain, particularly with a stiff bristled brush, will take the softwood out of the teak plants, making them ridged, and shorten the life of the deck.
- Teak contains natural oils that prevent it from rotting, even when left unfinished and exposed to the weather. These natural oils
and regular cleanings will preserve your decks far into the future. There is no need to add coats of teak sealers or oils, other than for the cosmetic appearance.
- Tip: If you wish to maintain this appearance, use a teak sealer rather than oil. Oils darken the wood, making it hotter and more slippery, negating teak's natural non-slip surface.