Teak Deck Maintenance

Teak Deck Maintenance

Quality teak decking can serve Teak Deck Maintenancedecades when properly maintained or it can be ruined in one year. Proper caring has been discussed on the Net many times, but as in other subjects there are opinions that may guide you into the wrong direction.

First thing to remember is the fact that teak is actually very sensitive natural material. It is used on decks because of its excellent properties. But, natural growing generates softer and harder sections in trees (year rings, also called grain in lumber). Softer section on teak deck planking of course wears away easier and faster than harder section. This is why you should never scrub decks with hard bristle brush, and absolutely never brush with grain, as this will eat out the softer wood very quickly.

Best way to clean your teak deck is with a regular rinse of clean water. Do not spray the deck with high pressure. If washing is needed, use soap like Joy with a cotton mop, and rinse well with salt water. If you have to scrub, do it across the grain with 3M Doodlebug, or similar, but don’t scrub too much as the top layer of the wood cells are removed with dirt. Remember that what goes away is gone and the wood on your deck will not come back.

Avoid all chemical teak restoring stuff. Some of these attack caulking materials, and every time teak is restored, wood is taken as these will remove top layers of wood cells.

Don’t oil teak decking. Again, some caulking materials may turn to goo. Oil will also hold dirt and oily dirt doesn’t wash off, but stays on teak.

*Above tips and guidelines are result of years of experience and are found to be helpful and work in many cases. However, every deck is different and by no means we guarantee the results on your deck,so please use your local professional carpenter if you don’t feel comfortable working on your own.