Watermarks can create a headache for homeowners who pride themselves on keeping their homes in tip top shape. If you’ve reached this page, your panicking trying to figure out how to remove watermarks from teak. You’re in just the right place. Hurry there’s no time to waste!
2 Types of Watermarks
Teak has a natural oil that sets it apart from other types of wood. Teak doesn’t need the same amount of care and maintenance that maple, cherry, oak, and walnut tables require. Originally used to make boats, teak has become a popular material for outdoor furniture because of its recognized durability. Removing stains from teak is easier than you think and there’s multiple ways to get this done.
To understand what were up against, it’s important to know that there are actually two types of water marks. Water rings are created as a result of condensation and moisture when glass cups are placed on wood without a coaster.
Surface Stains – Surface stains are lighter in color and have a whitish appearance. This is moisture that is trapped underneath the film coating of your teak furniture. The iron trick below works great for surface stains by drawing the moisture to a dry cloth.
Wood Stains – Dark teak water stains can happen when water is able to penetrate deeper into the wood for one reason or another. Minerals inside of teak react with moisture and create the stain. You’ll have to refinish your teak furniture for this. More info on this below.
5 Ways to Remove Water Stains from Teak
1. The Iron Trick
- Lay a dry towel over the watermark on your table. Set the iron on a medium setting to prevent damage to your table.
- Gently iron over the towel a few times. After doing this a few times, remove the towel to note your progress.
- Continue running an iron across the towel until the water stain is completely removed.
The heat dissipates excess moisture from the wood. Afterwards, you should polish your teak furniture with lemon oil and reseal the surface. This will restore any oil that may have been removed during the ironing process.
2. Hair Dryer
You can also try using a hair dryer in a similar manner as the iron trick. It’s the same idea but you’ll be able to see the difference before your very eyes!
- Apply a dab of tooth paste on the watermark.
- Grab a toothbrush and massage the paste in a circular motion into your teak furniture.
- Remove all excess paste with a clean rag.
- Inspect the surface for any abnormalities. Repeat until watermark is completely removed.
4. Lemon Juice Vinegar Trick
- Mix lemon juice OR vinegar with salt until it forms into a thick paste.
- Rub your paste over the watermark for about a minute.
- Use a damp rag to wipe away any leftover residue.
- Polish the surface with some teak oil to restore the desired finish.
5. Severe Teak Water Stains
In severe cases, teak furniture can be refinished. This will take a little more time but it will also revitalize your outdoor set! Follow these easy steps to remove deep watermarks from teak.
- Start by sanding with steel wool and wood wax. You can also use 320 grit sandpaper. Apply light pressure so you don’t create an uneven surface. Blend with the surrounding area to make changes less noticeable.
- After you’re done sanding, you should be looking at a fresh layer of natural wood. Wipe away any dust and coat your teak furniture with a layer of lemon/teak oil.
- If the finish is too light, you may want to stain the area with a matching wood stain to blend tones together.
*Use Caution when applying teak oil. Keep in mind, it’s easier to add oil to teak than it is to remove it.*
Additional Furniture Care Resources:
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- How to Protect Patio Furniture From Freeze Damage
About this Post
This post was written by Cheryl Khan, outdoor enthusiast and DIY fanatic. When she is not tending to her backyard garden, she is looking for new ways to improve the aesthetics of her home!