Proper teak care includes knowing what to believe and what not to believe. After all, there is a lot of misinformation out there….
Teak Cleaning Myths: Know the Truth
Myth: If you clean your teak with bleach, you can guarantee that you will get a good cleaning job done. Bleach is very versatile.
Fact: Bleach is highly acidic, and can potentially damage your teak so that even a teak refinishing service in Orange Countycan’t restore it. Like all wood, unsealed teak is very porous. And if you pour too much bleach on the wood, you will literally cause your deck and/or furniture to be bone white. Not to mention that bleach has a very strong chemical smell. Ever smell a swimming pool? It will take a while for that smell to come out of your teak in addition to the damage you may cause. It can also cause damage in another scenario.
Let’s say you call in a service for teak sealing. Since bleach is acidic, you can also strip the sealing right off the wood, leaving it vulnerable to further damage. So to make a long passage short: do NOT use bleach. However bleach is only one of the potential do it yourself remedies that can cause problems.
Teak Cleaning: Don’t Use Vinegar Either
Myth: Vinegar is 100% safe to use on your teak as a cleaning agent particularly when mixed with water. And it is all natural.
Fact: Okay, first off, understand that there is more than one type of vinegar out there. There are dozens in fact including:
white, malt, red wine, apple cider, black fig, wine vinegar, balsamic, and rice. This bit of conventional wisdom usually doesn’t specify which type of vinegar to use for teak cleaning. If you use anything other than white vinegar, particularly on unsealed wood, you have a good chance of discoloring your teak. In addition, you’re going to be smelling salad dressing every time it rains. Also all natural is a bit of a cop out. After all arsenic is all natural as is sulfur dioxide, and neither of them are considered beneficial.
Know your stuff when you are doing any sort of work on your deck or furniture. Better yet, know when you should call in professional help, particularly a professional teak cleaning service.
If you need teak cleaning, call in a professional, the crew at Teak and Deck Professionals.
Teak & Deck Professionals
5355 Avenida Encinas #111
Carlsbad, CA 92008