Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Care For Outdoor Wood Furniture

Care for Outdoor Wood Furniture

Outdoor wood furniture is a major investment that really enhances the look and functionality of your home. Caring for this furniture is key to keeping it as long as possible and protecting your investment. Follow these steps to care for your outdoor wood furniture. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Always make certain to cover your outdoor wood furniture with waterproof covers when you are not using it. Although this may seem like a lot of work, placing covers only takes few minutes and will protect your furniture from the elements. The sun is also another factor that can damage your furniture and covering it protects it as well.

2. Two or three times per year, clean the furniture well and dry thoroughly. Dirt can deteriorate your furniture so frequent cleaning is key to longevity. There are products made especially for wood furniture cleaning and it is best to use one of these products first. Thoroughly hose down the furniture to remove any cobwebs or debris. Use the cleanser as directed by mixing in a bucket with water and scrubbing down the furniture.

3. Sand, re-stain or paint to furniture as needed. This will also protect the furniture from the elements, especially from rain saturating the wood.

4. Dry the furniture or leave out in the sun if it becomes wet. Furniture that becomes wet can saturate and rot out the wood rendering the furniture useless. So dry it as soon as possible to make your furniture last longer.

5. Oil the furniture several times per year. Saturate the wood with oil and let it soak in. The oil protects the wood.

6. Perform a hardware check every few months or so. Active use can loosen bolts and make screws come loose. Turn over the furniture and make certain that everything is where it should be and replace hardware if needed. This is also the time to replace slats if anything is broken.

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