Many homeowners choose teak wood flooring for its beauty and durability. Considering that this is the type of wood commonly used to build boats, it’s easy to understand how strong and resilient it is. Nevertheless, as with all wood floors, teak does require some maintenance and careful behavior to keep it looking great. By not treating the floor negligently or carelessly, a homeowner can count on this feature lasting for many decades without any need for repairs or restoration.

Teak is resistant to water and other spills, for example, but that doesn’t mean people in the household should ignore spills. Cleaning up liquid and foods from the floor quickly prevents discoloration. The same is true when someone tracks in rainwater when entering the house. Floors made from reclaimed teak wood are likely to have somewhat of a weathered appearance with great variation in color, but that doesn’t mean homeowners should be haphazard about preventing stains.


An especially good piece of news is that even when a spill goes unnoticed for a long time, teak has the ability to be brought back to its original beautiful appearance. The owner typically can do this just with a bit of normal cleaning and teak wood deck elbow grease. There’s no need for sanding and scraping. A product such as oil soap may do the trick, or a gentle abrasive powder blended with water may be necessary. If the discoloration remains, a chemical cleaning agent for wood can bring back the original color. The mildest form should be used, since these chemicals are hard on wood, even though they produce good results.

Teak also holds up well against incidents that would scratch softer wood. Nevertheless, it’s not advisable to drag a very heavy sideboard or other heavy object across any wood floor. There may be a tiny sharp protrusion from that object, such as a hidden nail, that will cause a scratch that may be noticeable.

A company such as IndoTeak Design provides reclaimed teak for flooring and other projects. Customers appreciate all the advantages of teak wood as well as the environmentally friendly aspect of reclaimed materials. They can choose from a variety of textures, finishes and hues. Color selections range from light to dark, and building owners also may choose a blend of panels for a natural look. Some of this wood comes from structures that are hundreds of years old. That’s a true sustainable usage of wood that would otherwise have no purpose.