My friend found this old 60s sideboard on her street in Notting Hill. As she knows I like this style and she’s simply amazing, she asked if I wanted it and kept it in her hallway for ages until we picked it up after moving in. Thank you Lamia!
But it clearly needed a refresh, this is how it looked like before the love:
There are so many different ways of doing this, but this is how we did;
Steps to clean and polish teak furniture
1. Clean the old thing – this sideboard had probably not been cleaned since the 60s. I found that you can use 2/1 ratio of laundry detergent and water, which worked well. It took a lot of effort, but you could really see the difference after a while. In the picture below, the left side of the drawer is cleaned and the right side not.
2. Rinse with clean water – you don’t want any soap on there.
3. Sand with a fine grade of sandpaper – if you want to remove stains. Make sure to work in the direction of the timber grain.
4. Oil – buy a special teak oil, I found one in the local hardware shop. The oil is self-igniting so be careful with the cloths that have oil on them.
See the difference of the wood with and without the oil:
It feels really good seeing such a difference between before & after!