Caring for your teak
I love teak decks on boats and I love how it turns a silvery colour. I also love the brown of teak when it is new. Teak is such a brilliant material for decks and even in this day and age of modern man-made materials for so much that we do when sailing, it is nice to step on some real wood.
I love the endurance of teak and the feel of it underfoot whether I am barefoot or wearing shoes.
I am always surprised when people say they are put off of having teak decks, personally I think teak is the best material for boat decking. So I'm here to fight the corner for Teak!
Advantages that come to mind:
Its none slip when wet and when dry
Once fitted it lasts for many years
It’s warm underfoot when barefoot but doesn’t overheat like some materials
Teak adds a layer of insulation to the area below deck, it is said to be cooling in hot weather and warming when cold weather.
To Care for Teak you should not:
Do NOT use high-pressure cleaners
Do NOT use household detergents
Do NOT use hard scrubbing brushes
Do NOT varnish teak
However, teak deck maintenance is important to do correctly and is surprisingly easy and low maintenance:
You should care for Teak:
Wash teak regularly with freshwater or saltwater, just as you would any deck
Only use a soft brush for cleaning the deck
Use correct teak cleaning products on the decks – but use infrequently, only once or twice a year.
Do regularly check any caulked seams and renew as required
That’s it; Teak is very easy to care for. Teak is an unusual wood that naturally has hard and soft elements. Harsh treatment adversely affects the softwood elements and can lead to leaving ridges of the hardwood, which you don’t want.
With minimal maintenance, a good teak deck should last for up to 15 years before it needs an overhaul or replacement and many go on for many years of use beyond that.