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Old 10-10-2012, 14:00   #1
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Care of teak shower grate

Looking for opinions on how to care for teak shower grates. Mine are bare teak and looking moldy. Rather not varnish.
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Re: Care of teak shower grate

i remove mine and clean in sea water with green 3m pad, then i let it be. sea water cleans teak nicely,.. if you varnish em you will fall in shower--bare teak is anti skid, varnished teak makes for disabilities when wet. when sea water is used for cleaning, you dont have to use cleansers.
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Re: Care of teak shower grate

One part teak cleaner and a deck brush will clean it up and its easy. You probably don't even have to take it out of the shower. You don't want to oil it.

I got rid of my teak shower grate. It was too much mess and stink. Plus it always held moisture and held grunge under it...which stunk. I also had to remove it all the time where guys peed and missed. It was a combination head/shower. I would imagine all kinds of bacteria lived under it. I never liked to touch it, it was gross. Why not just stand on the shower deck?
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Good cleaning with two part teak cleaner and toothbrush.
A few coats of Cetol.
Looks beautiful and shipshape, never slipped.
Yes, you do have to pick up after shower as part of your shower cleaning.
I mist the entire pan and bottom of grate with a 3:1 water bleach solution.
Let grate dry standing up. Never funky.
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Brush it with a brush in sea water.. or use some teak cleaner.... 20+ yrs lookie:
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Re: Care of teak shower grate

A day in the sunlight after a good salt water scrub kills bugs etc.
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Re: Care of teak shower grate

There is a material called pultruded fiberglass. It's used in a variety of everyday applications. They make grates out of the stuff too. I've seen it used up front in cats where the net usually goes. So if you ever get tired of that old teak grate then you know where to look.
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Re: Care of teak shower grate

when you use a brush on teak, the grain starts deteriorating--i found out the hard way--i only use a green 3m pad. sea water and air and perfect. no funk. also-- i remove mine from shower so i dont have to have the mess from cleansing going down the sump and pumped out via the sump pump--i prefer to have it merely slop overboard and save my pumps.
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Re: Care of teak shower grate

I am currently going over our grate. Its been 8 years since the last varnish with Epiphanes.

I discovered some rot, and have treated it with Git Rot, a small spongy area, not surprising after 16 years of 2x a day use.

HOWEVER!!

I am now on my 2nd coat of using Git Rot as an epoxy "varnish", the results are stunning!! I think this is a very good solution, it has that rich varnish look, but it has that thick barcounter bullet proof feel. It will strengthen the joints, and it has soaked right in so it cannot peel.

Something to consider....
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Use a SOFT brush with sea water and let dry in the sun. If worried about bacteria use white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the grate after everyone has showered.

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Re: Care of teak shower grate

Little Clorox and dawn mixed together (also known as sudsy ammonia), leave out to the sun to dry.

I can't believe some people would even think of putting something on teak like varnish/cetol or epoxy, defeats the whole purpose of teak!
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