I found a GREAT Teak Cleaner!

Old 10-25-2010, 04:33 PM
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Thumbs up I found a GREAT Teak Cleaner!

Kind of happened by accident. I needed a good cleaner to clean a redwood deck. Tried Messmers A/B cleaner, SuperDeck, and nothing worked. I was actually at a paint company picking out the right color Cetol SRD and I was telling the guy behind the counter told me I was wasting my time with that stuff, like I didn't know that already. He handed me a box of TSP (trisodium phosphate) and told me to mix 4 oz. of TSP with a quart of bleach and a gallon of water in a pump sprayer and spray it on the wood let it sit for about 15 minutes and then house it off. MAN, does this stuff work!!!

So today, I tried it on some really weathered teak and this stuff is the shit! The TSP costs about $5.00 and to think of all the "Teak Cleaner Kits" I've bought in the past for $40.00!! This stuff blows any of those kits away.

There are some cautions that should be read, and followed, on the box.
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So,you don't need to use a stiff brush? I wonder how it would work on a teak cockpit with rubber strips seperating the teak??? Think it would break down the rubber? I doubt it.
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I did use a scrub brush. I didn't see anything about it harming rubber or plastic. It's not good with chrome or painted surfaces.

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Old 10-26-2010, 06:33 AM
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My boat has got a LOT of teak on it. How would you compare your cleaning technique to that of sanding? If I've got two pieces side by side, one sanded and the other treated with the TSP and then finished, could one tell the difference....IYO?
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Over time bleach destroys teak. the guy in the paint shop recomended a system for cleaning houses or decks before painting or sealing. If you are not keeping hte boat for long, then who cares I guess.

besides acids, I have found a good degreaser sprayed on then scrubbed with a plastic scrubber works very well. I have even cleaned my teak picnic table with regular dish soap after dining at it and that worked quite well. i watched a guy at the marina clean his gunnels using a pre-mixed degreaser for household use, spray 9 or something like that, that made the teak look new with pretty moderate scrubbing.

By the way, TSP either leaves a residue or actually etches glass if left on too long. I fogged some windows on my home with it.
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Yeah, I think TSP will chalk up a glossy painted surface, too. Painters use it as a surface prep sometimes Be careful.
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I have been using TSP for years, was what made Tide soap so great, but trying to get rid of phosphates in landry soap. Sold at homedepot in the paint section. Wash your walls with tsp to prep for paint. But hell after you wash, looks great, Don't need to paint. The stuff is great, I live in an old area where everyone has hard wood floors, some with dark stains, a friend used tsd on the dark stains and she said it pulled them out, floors looked like new. Haven't tried it myself, But do allways have tsp at the house and product by Zinsser. One or the other will do the job!

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