- Works quickly to break down and remove tubborn dirt, salt, stains and mildew
- Dissolves and removes existing sealers
- Lightens and brightens to restore teak’s natural, golden glow
- Easy to apply to wetted teak, and requires only gentle scrubbing across the grain to lift dirt and grime
- Easy-to-use formula: Part A cleans dirt, mildew, stains, and removes weathering; Part B neutralizes Part A and brightens; remove Part B by rinsing with clean, fresh water
- Size: 2-Quart Kit includes 1 quart Part A Cleaner and 1 quart Part B Brightener
Undo years of sun damage and stains—in minutes
If you’re partial to the gently weathered, driftwood-like, silvery gray color untreated teak turns, read no further. But if you’re going to oil, seal, or varnish teak to restore and maintain that golden beauty you originally fell in love with, it needs a thorough cleaning first with a teak cleaner that’s safe for use on teak.
The same thing goes if you’re tired of looking at tired-looking teak on your boat’s deck or trim. Especially haggard-looking, dark gray or black, pollution-ravaged, fuel-stained, suntan oil-soaked, fish-blood-and-guts-covered teak that’s seen brighter days—literally. Or moldy, mildewed teak that leaves black spots on bathing suits and towels. It can eventually ruin the teak, if left untreated.
Keeping teak wood clean prevents mold and mildew, enhances its beauty, and helps it last longer. TotalBoat Teak Cleaner restores it to its former, golden-hued glory.
It’s okay to go against the grain, in fact, it’s absolutely necessary
After applying part A to wet teak, scrub lightly across the grain to remove dirt. Going against the grain is important because Part A actually opens up the grain, and if you scrub in the direction of the grain you’ll be pushing the dirt in deeper instead of removing it. After rinsing away Part A with fresh water, apply Part B and scrub lightly across the grain again. Use fresh water to wash off Part B and you’ll be looking at cleaner, brighter teak—it’s that easy.
Before varnishing or sealing, let the teak dry completely for at least 24-48 hours. Cleaning the teak may raise the grain slightly, but a light sanding with take it back down.
TotalBoat products commonly used with TotalBoat Teak Cleaner
- Lust Rapid Recoat Spar Varnish
- Gleam Spar Varnish
- Envy 2-Part Varnish
- Teak Oil
- Danish Teak Sealer
- Components: Two, DO NOT mix components
- Substrates: Use only on teak
- Application methods: Sponge, brush, or rag. For control and consistency, work in small areas, a few square feet at a time.
- Scrubber: Soft bristle brush or Scotch-Brite™ pad
- Cleanup: Part B neutralizes and cleans up Part A; clean up part B by rinsing with fresh water
- Warnings! Each component must be used separately—DO NOT combine Parts A and B. Part A must be used first to open up and clean the grain; Part B neutralizes Part A and brightens teak. If Part A gets on gelcoat or fiberglass, neutralize with Part B. Do not leave Part A on any seams or caulking for longer than 5 minutes without neutralizing it with Part B.
Protect hardware and surrounding surfaces before starting
Harsh cleaners can dissolve and destroy expensive teak. TotalBoat Teak Cleaner will not harm teak, but it may hurt other surfaces.
Before starting, mask fiberglass, gelcoat, or aluminum surfaces that are near the area to be cleaned. Also, mask or remove any aluminum or painted parts attached to the teak. And be sure to protect yourself—especially hands and eyes—by wearing adequate personal protection.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should Teak Cleaner be used?
If you’re going to oil, seal, or varnish teak to restore and maintain its original and natural beauty, it needs a thorough cleaning first with a teak cleaner that’s safe for use on teak.
Can this cleaner be used on other hardwoods?
Yes. It has been used on mahogany with good results. However, oily hardwoods will require a fair amount of sanding to flatten the raised grain afterwards.
What other TotalBoat products can I use with Teak Cleaner?
How should I apply TotalBoat Teak Cleaner?
We recommend applying with a sponge, brush, or rag. For control and consistency, work in small areas, a few square feet at a time. For more information, refer to our step-by-step instructions here.
Should I scrub against the grain?
After applying Part A of the TotalBoat Teak Cleaner to the wet teak, scrub lightly across the grain to remove dirt. Going against the grain is important because Part A actually opens up the grain, and if you scrub in the direction of the grain you’ll be pushing the dirt deeper instead of removing it.
How long do you need to wait to apply sealer, oil, or varnish after using Teak Cleaner?
24 to 48 hours, depending on temperature and humidity. Most important is that wood is completely dry.
Does Teak Cleaner remove oil-based stains from teak wood?
No. Stains will need to be sanded off.
Will this cleaner remove varnish or synthetic finishes like Cetol?
No. Teak Cleaner is intended to be used on bare wood. Remove finishes beforehand by sanding or using paint stripper.
Can Teak Cleaner be used on teak trim without first removing it from the boat?
Yes. However, it’s critical you keep the area wet with water and not let the cleaning solution dry on the fiberglass or teak. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.