A guide to hardwood garden furniture maintenance
Cleaning: 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.
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.
- Immediately wipe off any spillages
- Periodically wash your furniture
- Periodically oil your furniture
- When oiling, ensure furniture is dry and out of direct sunlight
- Make sure your furniture is allowed to dry fully periodically to prevent mould
- Ensure furniture is dry before covering
- Don’t allow furniture feet to sit on permanently wet surfaces
- Furniture feet can be stood in small pots of treatment for several hours to protect