Removing excess Teak oil
I came across this forum while doing a search for a solution to my "too much teak oil" problem :)
I month ago I purchased a Danish mid-century teak dining table. When it was delivered it looked fine but it did have a light smell of what I thought was varnish but it turned out to be recently applied teak oil.
Well a month has passed and the table top is very tacky. It's worse if it's too hot or humid in the house but generally if I were to place my hand on it, it would leave finger prints actually in the coating. Clearly it's not curing properly.
I contacted the store and I'll save you all from a tirade as they didn't offer to put things right at all. What they suggested was soaking a cloth in mineral spirits and wiping the excess off. Needless to say I won't be shopping there in the future.
Due to my lack of experience in this area I am a little hesitant to do this without some extra guidance and avice, which is what led me to this forum.
What would be the best option to remove the excess oil? I was told that in lieu of mineral spirits, I could try a mild detergent in water with a nylon brush. This certainly seems safer than using mineral spirits but I'm not sure if it will work.
I don't want to strip the finish off here, I just want to remove the excess oil so it will cure and I can actually use the table.
I;m hoping I can avoid sending it to a professional furninture restorer as my budget is limited here.
I guess I'm most concerned about the level of skill required to wipe it down with mineral spirits.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Last edited by eddiel; 06-13-2013 at 11:18 PM.