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Re: teak decks - how much work are they really?
Never use a bristle brush, as the bristles get into the grain and progressively remove the softer wood, leaving the harder ridges, which then canít stand up to foot traffic and wear prematurely. Use a soft scotch pad, and clean against the grain. Just salt water is fine, no soap. Maybe once or twice per year, you can use Teak Deck Systems Eco cleaner. However, the more you wash down with salt water, the less frequently the cleaner is needed. Never use a two part cleaner either, they also remove wood.
If buying a boat with teak decks, their underlying condition is a major factor in value. Are they leaking, is the caulking sound, have they been sanded to their limits? The point is, how far away from a replacement that will cost tens of thousands is she?
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