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Old 27-12-2013, 08:41   #1
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Oiled Teak has gotten wet and Mildew resulted

Please help! We have a beautiful set of outdoor teak furniture which was oiled. Unfortunately, we have discovered that the oil has attracted mold because the furniture often gets wet from our backyard sprinklers.

We have purchased and scrubbed with Teak Cleaner (Starbrite), tried adding extra bleach and also applied the Starbrite Brightener.

We now have black spots surfacing when we apply more cleaner. We are assuming this is mildew that has burrowed into the wood.

We are tired and discouraged. We need some serious suggestions and solutions.

Please help!
Thank you!
T in FL
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Old 28-12-2013, 01:20   #2
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Re: Oiled Teak has gotten wet and Mildew resulted

If you value the teak and want to keep the furniture, you have some work ahead of you.

First sand it back to bare wood. If it were me, then, I'd wipe the dust off, and then, I'd wipe it down with acetone, to further remove the natural oil of the teak from where you want to work. Then, using high quality marine varnish, built up the coats, 10-12 should see you through. Now for the bad news: every six months, sand it lightly, and add a fresh coat. It will stay looking lovely, but it's a lot of work to maintain.

Oiled teak seems to work well indoors, but outdoors in a humid area, it is a mold field waiting to happen. The airborne organisms seem to feed on the oxidized oil--at any rate, for me, oiled teak did not work well in the tropics. With varnish it was fine. Just my experience. I'm only one person, after all.

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