Cleaning and 'refinishing' Teak Indoor Table
I just purchased a used Danish-style indoor teak dining table. It is solid teak and probably about 20 years old. It has no obvious finish on it. It has many years of built up grime as well as scratches and some burns.
Here is the table. It actually looks better in the picture than it does in real life. The previous owner saturated in with Old English to make it shiny:
First off, I just want to get it clean. I used Murphy's Oil Soap on it and got a lot of dirt off (the water was pretty gross afterwards), but there is still a lot on there. I can feel it when I drag my fingernail across it. Is there anything else I can use to (stronger) to clean it? How about something like a Scotchbrite pad? Would that scratch it or raise the grain too much?
Once I get it clean, I am debating trying to sand out some of the scratches and burns. Anything special I should be aware of with regards to teak?
Finally, I will want to protect the wood. I read a lot about Tung oil and Teak oil and Danish oil, all of whcih sound like (for the most part) varying degrees of linseed oil, mineral spirits and varnish. Since we will be eating off this table, any suggestions for products that have low odor and fumes (or do they all dissipate quickly?)?