We get scrubbing to find out what effect a variety of teak cleaners have on the woodwork of a Sigma 38 moored on the River Itchen
These products are all (with the exception of Boracol) a first step in cleaning the teak – they will make it look better, but it will soon weather if not treated. We’ll now be applying a variety of treatments to the teak and will report back in the November 2016 issue on how they fared over the season.
That aside, all of the cleaners (even the bleach solution)improved the wood, removing stains and dirt. Some were better than others when it came to bringing out the colour of the wood, however. Best in terms of colour restoration was the two-part Wessex teak treatment which was easy to apply, required no scrubbing and left the teak looking ‘just sanded’.
Easiest by far to apply was Boracol, which was simply brushed on and left – and should stop any further slime and growth throughout the season. It leaves a silvery-grey finish behind, but was a worthwhile ‘no effort’ solution and should protect the wood as well. If you have whole teak decks to do and don’t want the bright, freshly-sanded look, this is a useful solution.
Net-trol Wood Cleaner and Colour Restorer was another good performer, with the gel an effective way to apply the product. The BoatLife powder, while perhaps a little impractical (especially in a breeze, when it could be hazardous), really got into the wood’s grain and left it much improved – but this isn’t recommended if you want your teak to last as long as it can.