I teak-oiled my table, and put the teak oil can in my sink. There's now a can-shaped ring of dried teak oil in my stainless steel sink. Also some on my granite counter top. Question: what should I do?


There are a number of solvents out there that will remove that with no more effort than applying it to the spot. I use lacquer thinner for many problem spots, Goof-off may work, Goo-be-gone, things of that nature that will not even begin to harm the stainless steel.

Do not use a steel wool pad!!!! Or anything of that nature, a solvent will do it.

To try it, put some on a clean rag and rub the spot a little on the thinnest place the oil is, if the removes the thinnest places, carry on with the rest, if not, try another.

Come to think of it, alcohol (denatured or isopropyl)is used to prep teak for gluing. It removes the oils on the surface of the wood so the glue bonds better.

  • Thank you Jack! I tried putting some turpentine on a rag and rubbing it with that, but it did basically nothing. Is lacquer thinner the same thing as paint thinner? – Derek Nov 10 '13 at 21:10
  • No it is of a different make up of compounds, try the denatured or isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol first, that should do the trick. It should work on both the SS and granite – Jack Nov 10 '13 at 23:48
  • Hi Jack, I tried rubbing alcohol and the scratchy side of a sponge, and it totally worked! Thank you! – Derek Nov 11 '13 at 6:36

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