Teak is a wonder wood that has been prized aboard ships for
centuries. It wears like iron and develops a unique non-skid
property underfoot, even when wet. It is highly rot resistant
and rarely warps or cracks. Best of all, it radiates colors
ranging from a warm golden glow to a practical silver-gray that
enhances the look of any boat.
Given consistent, caring attention, teak decks will last for
decades. Abused, they will fail - often leading to water leaks
that are nearly impossible to trace, the rotting of wood framing
and widespread interior finish damage.
Teak is perfect for yacht decks
because it is strong and elastic and once seasoned, it holds its
shape. As it weathers, new teak decking gradually turns gray or
The cleaning of teak decks is often the easiest job on a spring
"to do" list. Simply wash teak with a mild soap (liquid Tide),
scrubbing lightly with a gentle nylon pad or an ultra soft brush
to lift accumulated dirt from the silvery-gray decking. Scrub
the Tide into the teak lightly with a nylon pad. The 3M white
pad is the least abrasive. Work the scrubber across the grain,
in figure eights or circles, but avoid scrubbing with the grain
because that wears away the softer elements of the wood. Hose
off the deck with salt or fresh water. That's it, job done.
Finished the teak remains gray - but it's clean. Rinse the deck
often during the summer and maybe a little soap to keep it
To get the
rich colour of fresh teak consider sanding the deck on an annual
basis with a light grit to remove the top layer. This will
result in a terrific job. Never power wash and never add oils or
Teak decks thrive on "benign" neglect. They don't need
chemicals, varnish or oil. Water, a little soap or other cleaner
and a gentle scrubbing provide all necessary care.