Wooden Garden Furniture Care

A guide to hardwood garden furniture maintenance

Hardwood maintenanceCleaning: All wooden garden furniture should be periodically cleaned to remove dirt and any mould. This can be done with warm water and a mild detergent and a sponge or soft bristled brush.  Any detergent should be rinsed off afterwards. A pressure sprayer can also be used. The furniture should be allowed to dry fully before any oils are applied.

Oiling: Garden furniture will last longer if it is periodically oiled. It’s appearance will also remain more consistent. Teak for example will turn a silvery colour with a year if it is not oiled every year with teak oil. A gentle sanding before oiling will also help to maintain it’s appearance. Below you can see an illustration of the weathering process of teak.

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Storage: Wooden garden furniture should be protected in winter, either by storing indoors or by covering with a quality garden furniture cover that allows some ventilation. Furniture should be dry before storing.

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General Tips:

  1. Immediately wipe off any spillages
  2. Periodically wash your furniture
  3. Periodically oil your furniture
  4. When oiling, ensure furniture is dry and out of direct sunlight
  5. Make sure your furniture is allowed to dry fully periodically to prevent mould
  6. Ensure furniture is dry before covering
  7. Don’t allow furniture feet to sit on permanently wet surfaces
  8. Furniture feet can be stood in small pots of treatment for several hours to protect