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Look, if you want teak to look brand new all the time, keep it indoors and use it for furniture. Outdoors, you can coat it with things--and then you've just wasted all that money on teak and turned it into plastic.You can just buy plastic that looks the same and has zero maintenance.
A teak naturally ages, the softer parts wear and the harder "ridges" remain, which gives it a natural an permanent anti-skid that is gentle to the feet BUT dirt gets trapped in those ridges. Best way to keep it clean is a soft brush (so you don't tear out wood) and a gentle cleaner used frequently.
And the you use teak oil to "feed" the wood, keep out excess moisture, darken it up a bit, and make it lsat longer.
There's the natural approach, or the unnatural approach (trying to make teak do the job of plastic) which accomplishes nothing except proving you've got lots of time and money to invest. All that bright work is nice--if that's what you want to do.
Teak grate in the cockpit floor? Yes, you can use plastic like DriDeck instead, but the teak is classy, and it will keep your feet dry when there's always some water on the cockpit floor.