Using Oil On Teak Furniture? 7 Quick Tips You Should Know

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Teak oil naturally produces its own oil and therefore the furniture doesn’t need to be treated with oil. However, the golden color of teak furniture that many people admire will fade with time.

For that reason, many people always wish to treat their teak furniture with something to maintain this color.

Applying an ideal oil on your teak furniture makes it look like a brand new one for generations. However, given teak furniture’s unique quality, not every oil or treat will work. For instance, some may not blend well with the oily nature of the teak thereby giving a poor finish.  

I am going to reveal some of the oil you can safely apply on your teak furniture and get a great finish result and the ones you may think can work but don’t. Let’s jump right in…

Can you use Pledge on Teak Furniture?

Pledge, which contains silicone, may build up waxy layers of silicone that may hide imperfections. Besides, the silicone creates a very slick surface tension which repels any product applied over it during refinishing. 

For that reason, I would not recommend pledge oil as the best for oiling teak furniture. 

Can you Apply Murphy’s Oil Soap on Teak Furniture?

Murphy is a 98% natural wood cleaner that can be used to clean off dirt and grime on both your outdoor and indoor teak furniture. It aims at bringing out wood’s beauty gently and naturally. 

With the right cleaning practices and a gentle hand, it is safe and can extend the life of your teak furniture when used regularly.

Murphy oil soap is safe to use even on your teak floor. Always ensure you limit the amount of water when using it on your teak furniture or floor.

Moisture left on the furniture or floor can cause damage, so always ensure you squeeze the clothes thoroughly and wipe the furniture dry.

When using Murphy oil soap on teak furniture, ensure you apply it even on areas covered by the nuts – just remove the nuts. Once done, ensure you dry it before you return the nut. You can do this by rubbing the area with your finger to warm it.

Can you use Thompson’s Water Seal on Teak Furniture?

Thompson’s water seal can protect your teak furniture by repelling water. It has a unique micro silence emulsion to stop water from penetrating the furniture thereby offering long-lasting waterproof protection for several hours.

In addition, Thompson’s water seal has a coating that resists mildew and UV damage, especially when applied on damp wood.

You can apply this solution on the surface of the furniture using a pump-up sprayer or apply it using a brush or a roller. If your teak furniture has already developed a heavy discoloration or dirt, you can apply up to a second coat. 

The good thing with Thompson’s water seal is that it penetrates the wood such that even after the outer surface starts to fade, the waterproofing protection persists. For that reason, the sealer makes the teak furniture more durable. 

However, you can get a better result when you use a sealer that has been specifically designed for exterior teak wood applications such as Semco teak sealer. 

Can I use Lemon Oil on Teak Furniture?

Lemon oil prevents teak furniture from drying out while maintaining its depth of grain and beauty. As a result, it can prevent your teak furniture from cracking. But I also liked the sweet scent that your furniture acquires when you apply lemon oil. 

Lemon oil will condition, nourish and polish your teak furniture surface thereby enhancing finishing. The good thing is, lemon oil works best on oily wood furniture such as teak furniture.

So if you are looking for a solution that will give you excellent polishing on the surface of teak furniture, this is a great option. 

Can you use Beeswax on Teak Furniture?

Beeswax is one of the most popular furniture polishes due to its many benefits. It goes with almost any type of wood finish including teak furniture. 

It is a clear wax and does not contain any synthetic component. For that reason, it won’t alter the color and the appearance of your teak furniture surfaces. Instead, it cleans, polishes, and protects the wood from stains and spills.

If you want a natural oil that will safely bring new life to your furniture, this is the best option. 

Ensure you use it on a bare surface so that the oil penetrates the grain to smoothen the surface and keep it shiny. 

If well applied, beeswax can transform dry dull sun-damaged surfaces naturally into a naturally smooth surface with a warm nice glow. It is the best oil for outdoor furniture on our list. 

Can you use Olive Oil on Teak Furniture?

Olive is a thin oil-like finish that can only protect teak furniture from mild dents and scratches. However, it is safe for furniture and won’t cause any damage. It nourishes the wood and brings back its natural shine.

Given that it doesn’t have the same thickness as most oil we have discussed, it will require a regular application to help maintain the beauty of your furniture. Besides, it can only be a great option for interior furniture.

Given its thin nature, it doesn’t work well where the wax has been applied due to its thin nature. 

Can you use Wet and Forget on Teak Furniture?

Wet and forget is also a safe solution to use on teak furniture. To get a better result, we recommend applying it to the surface, then going the next day to rinse it.

That said, wet and forget is one of the best options for outdoor teak furniture in this list. It is best known for removing mold and mildew that are common to outdoor furniture. It is gentle on the surroundings and will not harm your sprayer as well. 


Contrary to what some manufacturers will tell you, I always advise oiling teak furniture whenever they go dry. This will help maintain the new look and the golden color of your furniture.

If that sounds appealing to you, you can give any of the oil we have suggested a try.