Garden: How to care for your wooden garden furniture

Posted on Apr 3 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark
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Garden furniture is not cheap so taking care of your garden set will ensure that it lasts you for years and ensures it is a worthwhile investment.

From day-to-day to yearly treatment, our advice helps you get the most out of your garden furniture.

Keep your garden furniture covered

It can be a pain taking the garden furniture in and out during the summer months when you spend a significant period of time in the garden. So, if you aim to keep it out between March and October, a furniture cover can ensure that your furniture stays well protected when not in use (those rainy days) and is simple to remove for when you do. From experience, the Gardman furniture cover range is really good and comes in a range of sizes.

Annually, just make sure there are no holes in it and that it is still fit for purpose. You may be able to mend it yourself by getting a needle and fishing wire too it. But if its beyond repair, be sure to replace it.

For the winter months, if you don’t have the capacity to store indoors, in a garage, shed or other outdoor storage, then buying a plastic storage bin can help keep it well protected from the harsher elements.

Cleaning your garden furniture

Each time you get your furniture out, it’ll like need a little dusting off. Especially when it comes to the first use of the year.

Water with some washing up liquid and a soft cloth is all you need to freshen up your furniture. Careful with using sponges though as the abrasive side may cause some damage.

Also be sure to mop up any spilled liquid and food stains as soon as possible to ensure it doesn’t leave a lasting mark on your lovely chairs or tables.

Your garden furniture deserves a little treat(ment)

mossy bench

Every year it’s advisable to apply a furniture oil to help replace the natural oils lost through weathering. Even well covered, you’re still likely to notice a little fading in its colour.

The oil will help to reinvigorate your furniture and get it looking like new. It also gives it a little water resistance barrier so a touch of rain here and there or a spill means it won’t be the end of the world. Additionally, it gives it a little UV protection, so the sun is less likely to bleach it.

How to:

  1. Once cleaned, you’ll need to ensure it is fully dry before you start treating it.
  2. Next, you’ll need to very lightly sand the furniture to remove any splinters and will help the wood to be a little more porous and get the most benefit from the treatment.
  3. You’ll then need to simply brush in the product and leave to dry.

Giving your garden furniture a fresh lick of paint

Caring for garden furniture

Whether you’re your furniture is in need or you fancy a change, there is likely to be a point where your furniture will need a refresh- though hopefully not for several years.

When it is time, you’ll need to follow steps 1-2 above and make sure it’s clean and had a good sand to ensure it’ll take to its new paint.

As for the paint itself, make sure it is something specific to what you’re using it for, this ensures you get the right paint for the job, it’ll help protect your furniture and you may only need the one coat, saving you time and money. If you’re looking for something lively, Cuprinol have a great selection of colours.

Once painted, allow to fully dry (a minimum of 8 hours- 16-20 if you need more than one coat) and then go over it with a furniture oil to help seal and protect it.

We hope our tips help you keep your garden furniture looking newer for longer. Will you be looking to update your furniture this year?

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