How to Sand Indoor Teak Furniture

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Teak furniture is prized for its ability to withstand weather changes. When left untreated, it simply ages to a beautiful, soft gray. Indoor teak furniture is generally sealed to maintain its rich, honey-brown tones. Over time and with even the most careful usage, you may find that you have to sand indoor teak furniture to remove scratches and nicks. Sanding indoor teak is not difficult, but you do need to follow the proper steps to ensure that you bring out its natural beauty.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild dish detergent
  • Warm water
  • Bowl or bucket
  • Soft, lint-free cloths
  • Baby brush
  • Acid-free stripper
  • Goggles
  • Latex gloves
  • Painter’s mask
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • 0000-gauge steel wool
  • Teak oil (optional)
  • Stain (optional)
  • Sealer (optional)
  • Fill a bowl or bucket with warm water and add three to four squirts of mild dish detergent. Dip a clean cloth in the solution, wring it out well, and clean off the furniture. A baby brush can help you get into any etched patterns or small corners. Let the furniture dry completely.

  • Put on your goggles, mask and gloves, and apply the acid-free stripper to the furniture. This can be purchased at a furniture store specializing in teak. Let the stripper sit according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, then wipe off the flaking finish with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Sand any rough spots, scratches or gouges gently with 220-grit sandpaper. Work with the grain and wipe away any dust as you sand.

  • Go over the sanded furniture with 0000-gauge steel wool to smooth out the surface and bring up some of the natural shine.

  • Optional: Finish your sanded teak with teak oil applied with clean, soft cloths, or stain and seal it with the teak products of your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always work in a well-ventilated area when stripping and sanding wood.
  • Consult a professional before doing anything to antique or heirloom furniture.

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