Cleaning Inside Teak

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Cleaning Inside Teak

Postby gerryhebear » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:01 pm

This may sound pretty simple but I really don't have the answer for my good wife. I cleaned all the interior teak last year with a light coat of teak oil. there is considerable dust on the teak inside as a result of the long storage. We want to clean it but I'm not sure just what would be best. I think a recoating with oil is overkill. Thinking of a product like Pledge Endust would be best or maybe a Turtle Wax Furniture Polish ( although I think this would compromise the oil). Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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Postby Chesapeake » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:36 pm

Yep, oil attracts dust and dirt. My go-to is Simple Green in a spray bottle, and a bucket of water to rinse out the sponge often. Then a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and wiped down with microfiber rags. Once the rag comes up pretty clean, you're done. For now. Unless you use oil again. :wink:
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Postby Bob Greenhaus » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:01 pm

Isn't your interior teak varnished? I would use Murohy's Oil Soap.
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Postby Fboykin » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:16 pm

I've used Muphy's Oil on my interior teak as well. It does a good job cleaning the wood surface and leaves a nice look. It does remove wax, but the only inside wood I wax is the salon table. I use Johnson's wood paste wax for that. The table sees a lot of use and I think the paste wax adds a good looking, durable finish.
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Postby gerryhebear » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:40 pm

Thanks for the tips. I'll try the Murphy's oil soap first and see if that works.
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Postby Bob Greenhaus » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:10 pm

My personal preference is to get the Murphy's pre-mixed in a spray bottle.
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Postby Fboykin » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:54 pm

Agree. The premix in the spray bottle is quick and easy to use. Sometimes I do mix up the concentrate if I need to deep clean the floor or around the base of the bulkheads.
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Postby shanti » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:59 am

The best, and cheapest is a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. It removes salt spray really well.
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Postby Bob Greenhaus » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:33 pm

Vinegar is a good cleaner and disinfectant but it's acidic. I'd be hesitant to use it on finished interior wood. The oil soap will be gentler. Use vinegar to clean your water system, coffee maker and sink drains.
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