How To Clean Teak Shower Bench in 5 Easy Steps: The Definitive Guide

If you’re the owner of a teak shower bench, you probably already know how great they can look in your bathroom. Teak is an incredibly durable and water-resistant wood that can last for many years.

However, in order to keep your shower bench looking like new, it’s important to keep it clean. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean teak shower bench and keep it looking great for years to come.

How To Clean Teak Shower Bench

How To Clean Teak Shower Bench Correctly?

Cleaning your teak shower bench is a relatively simple process that can be completed in just a few steps.

Follow these instructions to keep your shower bench looking like new:

Total Time: 30 minutes

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Gather your supplies

Before you begin cleaning your teak shower bench, gather all of the supplies you’ll need. You’ll need:
Mild soap or teak cleaner or homemade teak cleaner
Soft-bristled brush or sponge
Towels or rags

Step 2: Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Prepare cleaning solution

Mix a small amount of mild soap or teak cleaner with warm water in a bucket. Stir the solution until it is well mixed.

Step 3: Clean Your Teak Shower Bench

Clean teak shower

Dip your soft-bristled brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and scrub your teak shower bench thoroughly. Be sure to get into all the crevices and corners to remove any dirt or grime.

Step 4: Rinse It

Rinse Your Teak Shower Bench

Rinse your teak shower bench thoroughly with water to remove any soap residue. Be sure to rinse off all the cleaning solution to prevent any damage to the wood.

Step 5: Dry It Well

Dry Your Teak Shower Bench

Use a towel or rag to dry your teak shower bench completely. Be sure to remove all excess water to prevent water damage to the wood.

Estimated Cost: 20 USD


  • Mild soap or teak cleaner


  • Soft-bristled brush or sponge
  • Towels or rags

Materials: Water

4 Mistakes To Avoid When Cleaning Teak Shower Benches And Stools

Some tips and tricks surrounding the maintenance of your teak shower bench. This will ensure that your teak shower bench stays in the best condition at all times.

  1. Say NO to power washers. While cleaning a teak shower bench, it is highly advisable not to use power washers. This is because they generally operate at high pressures and can damage the wood, and can cause water to seep into the cracks causing further damage.
  2. Regular Rinsing. An easy way to keep your teak shower bench in good condition is to rinse it daily. This can be done by just using warm water to rinse it, or by using a soft scrubber to scrub out any soap residues or stains.
  3. Apply Teak Oil. Applying Teak Oil to the teak shower bench after rinsing and drying it is highly recommended. Rubbing teak oil on the teak shower bench adds a layer of protection and gives the teak its shine and color back.
  4. Avoid using steel wool, scouring pads, or rough substances while cleaning. It is best to avoid using substances such as steel wool or scouring pads, as they will scratch the delicate finish. If necessary, it is best to use mild sandpaper to scrub off the worn-out layer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you clean the teak with vinegar?

Yes, you can. Vinegar is great for cleaning teak. Just make sure you mix it with water (1:1 ratio), add some dish soap and you have a homemade teak cleaner.

Can you clean the teak with bleach?

You can, but use it with caution. It’s an effective way to remove mold from the teak. Mix it with water (1:4 ratio) and make sure you rinse it well. It will work just as well if you use laundry detergent with bleach.

Can you clean teak with oxalic acid?

Yes, you can clean teak with oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is a commonly used cleaning agent for teak wood as it helps to remove stains and restore the wood’s natural color. However, it should be used with caution and proper protective gear as it can be harmful if ingested or comes in contact with skin.

Can you clean the teak with TSP (trisodium phosphate)?

TSP can be very aggressive but can be used for heavy-duty teak wood cleaning. Mix it with warm water and use a bristle brush to scrub it.

Can you pressure wash the teak shower seat?

You can, but it’s not really recommended. It’s easy to damage the finish and make the surface bumpy and pitted. If you decide to use it anyway, I highly suggest you use one that has low PSI or turns down the volume as much as you can. Use the widest spray nozzle you can and keep it at least 12″ or more above the surface. Make nice, even strokes, passing over the bench completely each time.

How can I prevent water damage to my teak shower bench?

To prevent water damage, be sure to dry your teak shower bench completely after each use. You can also apply teak oil every 3-4 months to help protect the wood from water damage.


As is seen above the process of cleaning and maintaining a teak shower bench is not a complex task. It involves performing only a couple of necessary steps and measures, which require minimal resources and effort.

These small steps will ensure that your teak shower bench remains robust, functional, and beautiful for an extended period.

Lastly, if you have any queries, or thoughts, or need additional information regarding how to clean the teak shower bench, feel free to drop them down in the comments bel

Oliver is a talented cabinet maker who defies limitations with a disability. Passionate about woodworking, his craftsmanship shines through creations made from the finest teak wood. With a unique perspective and unwavering determination, he's trying to improve bathroom safety for everyone.

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