How to Maintain a Teak Shower Bench
Do you own a teak bench that has served you well but is now losing its luster and appearance? Are you at a loss as to how to maintain your teak shower bench? You can be encouraged to know that you’re not alone. Many people purchase teak shower benches for their durability and functionality. However, many of them do not know what to do when they notice their benches discoloring.
Thankfully, there are several simple methods you can use to keep your teak bench in top shape.
You’re probably wondering how regular old dishwashing liquid can work to clean and maintain teak wood. Dishwash liquid is surprisingly handy at removing soap scum. Combined with a soft bristle brush, this method is effective at removing stubborn stains. Once you’re done scrubbing away at the scum, use a lot of water to rinse out the residue and ensure the bench dries thoroughly.
A simple yet effective way to keep your teak shower bench in its best condition is by making sure you rinse it properly after every shower. This method may seem tedious, but if you have a minute or two to spare to refinish it after your shower, you can easily prevent scum from forming by performing a quick rinse on your seat. A little bit of warm water is enough to rinse away scum, even from deep grooves.
Over the months, you’ll notice that the teak stain is not as vibrant as before, and this is normal since teak does not naturally have a rich color. Investing in teak oil and using it will help you maintain your teak shower bench’s stain and finish. Simply use a few drops of this oil on different parts of the bench and buff in circular motions.
In a few sessions, you will notice the color deepening and returning to its original state. You’ll only need a few drops of this oil at a time, so a large bottle that you can purchase at your local hardware should last you a couple of months.
Once you’re done thoroughly cleaning your teak bench, rinse it and allow it to fully dry, then apply a couple of drops of oil. This regular maintenance will help ensure your teak bench is durable and continues to serve you for years.
Furthermore, tips for maintaining your teak bench include not leaving it in water for too long. Even though it is water-resistant, this does not mean that you should allow it to constantly soak in liquid. Over time this may weaken the wood’s external surface. Instead, keep the wood as dry as possible often.
Also, every once in a while, you are encouraged to use a neutral PH cleaner to remove any scum residue from the wood. You should use this neutral cleaner at least once a month. As you clean, also remember to clean the underside, which is an area that people often overlook, and soap, scum, and shampoos usually collect there.