I'm looking for specific recommendations for finishing a teak shower floor I am building (approximately 35 square feet of 5" wide planks). In my research Iíve seen many people suggest no finish at all but I think there must be something that can be put on there to maintain the color. I realize there will be some maintenance but I want to provide a simple solution that the clients can perform once a year or so.
From contributor R:
I understand your desire to have a finish on teak. I use a variety of finishes on teak depending on its use. I also dislike "grey" teak, but there is a reason teak decks of boats are left unfinished.
Despite these very sound reasons, cockpit grates, bow platforms, and swimsteps are often oiled to perfection by Bristol yachtsmen. You may do the same to your wet closet. Any tung oil based marine teak oil should do. Allow plenty of time and sunlight to apply multiple coats per directions and be prepared to wash and repeat periodically (this will be a re-occurring nasty job).
Of course, you still need to clean it periodically from the soap scum. Cleaning is another tip to help it maintain its original color. Using a teak cleaner (again, Golden Care 'Teak Cleaner' is water based) will restore your teak to its original color each and every time. My recommendation is to periodically use Golden Care Teak Cleaner on your teak shower flooring. This will restore the color and clean any soap residue left from use. You will knock out maintenance in one step.