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#1 fishchile

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Posted July 11 2005 - 7:04 PM

My sister in-law just paid a bunch of money for some teak patio furniture. Looked great until the kids got buttered corn and chicken grease on it. To me the wood looks unfinished, except in the greasy stain areas. Any suggestions for stain removal and protective coating. She likes the natural color of the wood and did not care much for my suggestion of covering the entire set with teak oil.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Posted July 11 2005 - 8:06 PM

Wash with a solution of TSP (tri sodium phosphate) and flush with fresh water. You can find TSP at most good home stores and paint suppliers. Remind your sister that the teak will turn silver grey as the days wax on. Ya might want to clean with teak cleaner and oil it after all!
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Posted July 12 2005 - 12:29 PM

Thanx for advise cannyondiver. I will let you know how she makes out.
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Posted July 12 2005 - 2:08 PM

I use a 1:4 mixture of bleach to water to wash down the furniture in the spring, and then teak oil to seal the wood. Get yourself a sponge wrapped in cloth applicator to apply the oil, it'll be much faster than using a brush or cloth.
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Posted July 12 2005 - 7:58 PM


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Originally posted by Wayne Tj:
Get yourself a sponge wrapped in cloth applicator to apply the oil, it'll be much faster than using a brush or cloth.


Definitely!!
P.S. If ya go with the bleach, wash it off very well to remove all the residue before oiling.
Good advice Wayne... I forgot the wood is in a raw state right now.
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Posted July 16 2005 - 9:35 PM

Oil is a PITA - you'll have to re-do it a coupla times each season to keep it looking decent. And varnish won't stick to teak.

If she wants a 'wet-look' finish that'll last and is easy to maintain (touch up once a year or so), I recommend "Armada" or Cetol Marine.