Teak is happy to be bare. The trick to leaving teak bare has one vital point, and that is NOT to use bristle brushes
on the teak. No bristles period. Even the softest of bristles will dig out the soft grain (thats bad
Once the teak is restored (all old finish removed and teak is smooth and clean) a mop, sponge, or 3M pad can be used to clean. I like murphy's oil
soap. When I had no access to clean salt water
, I salted my teak decks down using a watering can with an aquarium salt water
mix (monthly). I have no idea if regular salt
will do, I just had access to aquarium salt
. I also used tide with bleach when I needed stronger cleaning
Teak will push stains out, so just clean area and give it a little time and the stain will usually be gone in a month or two.
The gold color may be a deck
treatment,or semco, or even cetol. I like semco for a non varnish
treatment, it is easy to remove if you dont like it.