Don't Ditch Your Old Shower Bench — A TikTok Trick Can Make It New Again

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.04 - 2024 11:56 AM CET

This DIY TikTok trend shows us an easy way to restore a teak shower bench to its former glory.

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With water damage and soap buildup rendering many bathroom benches seemingly beyond repair, @Laurencarnow shares a straightforward restoration method using AquaTeak products that promises to bring worn-out teak furniture back to its prime.

Teak, known for its robustness and traditionally employed in shipbuilding and furniture, is ideal for humid environments like bathrooms. Its resilience makes it a preferred material for shower benches, which often suffer from the wear and tear of constant water exposure. However, this guide specifically caters to teak furniture.

Restoration Essentials

The restoration toolkit is straightforward, consisting mainly of two AquaTeak products: Cleaner & Brightener and Protect & Maintain Teak Oil. These can be bought as a bundle on Amazon for under $40 or individually from the AquaTeak website.

To precisely apply the cleaner, @Laurencarnow suggests using a Monoject syringe, a novel but effective tool for the job. With these items and some household basics like a scrubbing brush and a clean rag, you're all set to start the restoration process.

Step-by-Step Guide to Restoration

  1. Preparation: Begin by cleaning the bench with a dry rag to remove any soap residue and other surface build-up.

  2. Cleaning: Apply the Cleaner & Brightener with a syringe (or a small cup) to each slat of the bench carefully, scrubbing it in with a brush before letting the formula dry completely. You should already be able to see splatter and bottle rings lightening and stains lifting, but a bit of uneven color at this stage is to be expected.

  3. Finishing Touches: Use the syringe to apply the Teak Oil, spreading it evenly with a clean cloth. Let it dry and admire your rejuvenated bench.

Cost-Effective and Simple

This TikTok-inspired method not only promises to restore the aesthetic appeal and longevity of your teak shower bench but does so at a fraction of the cost of buying a new one. For less than $50 and a bit of elbow grease, you can achieve professional-looking results. Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or a first-timer, this approach is accessible, easy to follow, and light on the wallet.

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