Most of the deck and outdoor patio furniture are made out of wood. Wood is a natural product that responds in a variety of ways like when exposed to moisture and changes in humidity or temperature. To ensure the longevity of your Patio Furniture through the years of exposure to elements, proper maintenance is needed.
Taking Care of Different Kinds of Wood:
The most expensive, desirable and arguably outdoor wood furniture available is Teak. It contains natural oil, which make it resistant to insect infestation, rot and decay. It is a tropical hardwood that is dense and has a natural honey color. Because Teak furniture has high demand, the supplies are not readily available compared to pine, cedar or oak and it will took 60 years to harvest. It is advisable to clean outdoor furniture such as Teak to remove any build up of mildew, sap or pollen. After cleaning, use a coat of Teak oil to keep the original honey color of the wood.
Eucalyptus furniture has become increasingly popular aside from Teak furniture. Eucalyptus is durable, dense and resistant to rot and insect infestations like Teak. Like other outdoor furniture Eucalyptus can be treated annually with the use of Teak oil to help preserve the wood’s natural color.
Popular other choices of outdoor wooden furniture’s are cedar, pine, redwood and oak wood. To prevent decay, which can occur quickly due to weather conditions they must be treated with a preservative. Polyurethane or water resistant stain protective oil is recommended to use. Local hardware offers different types of protecting agent depending on the weather conditions in your area.
Proper Way of Cleaning Wood Furniture:
Your outdoor wood furniture should be cleaned at least once a year. In a gallon of water, mix 5 tbsp. of a gentle dishwashing liquid and 1 tbsp. of bleach. Using a soft bristle toothbrush, gently scrub the mixture on the surface of wood furniture. Make sure that you completely wash off the solution and allow drying it under the sun. If necessary, you can do re painting to cover and protect damaged areas.
To prevent your wood from warp used protective covers when the furniture is not in use. It is also highly recommended to keep your furniture in shape. Avoid placing your furniture in poolside or wet surface that can cause damage to the leg of your furniture. Cover the bottom leg of your furniture with a rubberized material. And cedar fencing will help you to protect your furniture from getting rot.
It is best to put your wooden furniture in a garage or protected shed during cold winter months.
And finally avoid wooden furniture from the exposure of chlorine and solvents or to the accidentally spilling of alcoholic beverages that can stain or damage it. Proper caring and maintenance can expand the life span of your wooden furniture. Outdoor wood furniture is a natural addition to any garden, backyard or patio that helps to make a great impression on it.
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