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Removing excess Teak oil

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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.

Thanks

Eddie

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Teak does not usually need oiling , I wonder what actual product they used .
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Teak does not usually need oiling , I wonder what actual product they used .
I'm not sure of the brand but they did say they used teak oil.

I have no idea why they did it. The table looked fine when I saw it in the store.
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Mineral spirits is actually pretty mild. It won't hurt the wood, and won't hurt any real finish that's on it, but it should take off the excess oil.

I personally would do that before using any water.

Could be someone put too much oil on it or the wrong kind.

For just a little more, you can do it yourself.
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Mineral spirits is actually pretty mild. It won't hurt the wood, and won't hurt any real finish that's on it, but it should take off the excess oil.

I personally would do that before using any water.

Could be someone put too much oil on it or the wrong kind.
Thanks for the reply. I think I'll give it a go.

PS I like your signature quote :)
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