Some types of outdoor patio furniture can be quite expensive to buy but if maintained properly can last a lifetime. Many of the wooden furniture products sold today are already treated with protective oils and stains but alot of people don’t realize that maintenance should take place annually.
Certain kinds of wood furniture such as cedar, redwood, oak, and pine must be treated with a preservative to prevent decay, which can occur rapidly if exposed to harsh weather environments. Protecting this wood furniture with a water-resistant stain, protective oil, or polyurethane is also recommended. Your local home and garden store should be able to assist you.
Outdoor wood furniture should be cleaned once a year. Mix one tablespoon of bleach, five tablespoons of a gentle dishwashing liquid, and a gallon of water, and softly rub the surface of your wood furniture with a soft bristle brush. Wash the solution from the furniture, and allow it to dry completely in the sun. Repainting or re-staining wood furniture could be indicated at this time to cover and protect any worn or damaged areas.
The lifespan for any wooden patio furniture depends greatly on the type of wood used and the weather it is exposed to. Using waterproof protective covers when your furniture is not in use is strongly advised to keep your wooden patio furniture in good shape. Outdoor wood furniture makes a quaint, charming, and nice addition to any backyard, deck, patio, or garden, and with care, it will continue to make a great impression for years to come.
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Good tips for cleaning wood furniture! Ours has often gotten neglected in the past, and after a couple of years, that neglect really starts to show. This seems like a pretty quick and easy way to keep that furniture looking good. I’m sure it’s easier, too, when you take the time to do the cleaning every year instead of waiting a few years, like I did.
Thanks, Terry! It’s amazing how a little bit of yearly care can make all the difference in the amount of time it takes (or doesn’t take) to maintain that outdoor wood furniture. I’m glad you enjoyed the article!