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TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR BOAT TEAK DECKING IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

 Teak is the most beautiful wood among all the structures of the boat. Unlike all other types of wood, it is so unique because it is so resistant to rotting, decaying and cannot be infected or damaged by insects. This is because of its oily nature that keeps it free from any possible damages. To some people, boats are their way of investment and so they ought to keep those vessels in order to continue gaining from the vessel. That is however, possible when one follows the right maintenance procedures.

Cleaning

This very necessary procedure needs to be taken with lots of caution to reduce the chances of damaging the teak decking. Scrubbing is not advocated since it tends to leave some wearing of color hence giving a bad look. For teak cleaning, ensure to use mild cleaners with clean water, otherwise strong cleaners will dissolve the teak. Before cleaning, make sure that all coating and varnish is scrubbed off the surface to ensure the thoroughness of teak cleaning. Ensure to scrub gently and rinse the deck at least thrice to rip off any possible remains of stripper. Leave the wood to dry for as long as it will take.

Drying and Brightening

The wood should be left to dry between 24 to 48 hours depending on the climate. Cleaning in most cases, may have interfered with the color or the brightness of the wood however, teak brighteners are the best for such an attendance. Teak brighteners are also suitable for the teak deck since they bleach and remove any left residue that may have been left after cleaning. Teak brighteners will never go wrong on the teak surface and it eventually lightens up.

Caulking Seams

Seams require thorough in cleaning which should start by removing the old caulking. After cleaning and drying the seams, they require oiling with the best free solvent oil. Then use masking tape to mask the seams but one must be careful since the tape can easily get out. Carelessness will result to the tape caulking over hence messing the seal covering it instead; run the tape over the surfaces of the deck flat. After that, it is time to apply the caulking, which is done by cutting the nozzle tip, puncture the inner seal then place the nozzle at the bottom of the seam. Draw the gun along the base of the seam as you squeeze the trigger. Never push the gun towards you since it will trap air hence producing air bubbles in the seam. Lastly, smoothen the seam against the tape then with great caution remove the tape.

Oiling

This is good for teak decks since it maintains the patterns of the wood and color. There are a variety of teak oils therefore it is convenient oiling but before settling on the kind of oil, it is best to consider the preferred final color. Once the wood is cleaned and left without oiling, it kills the appearance and its condition. Make multiple coats to the surface to give quality service and do it by using a brush. As you do the coating, do it proportionally to allow proper drying.

Sealers

These are the substitutes of oil application, which one can choose between the two. Actually, sealers are the most preferred due to their durability and their ability to keep away dirt and moisture. They also contain solids that help to protect the wood from ultraviolet rays.

Varnish

Though teak does not hold varnish like other woods, it is necessary for its long lasting. Varnish provides protection to any wood by preventing it from drying out and rotting.