Look after your garden furniture and it will last for years. Here’s how to protect and store your garden furniture so you can enjoy every summer.
How to protect your garden furniture
If you make sure to look after your wooden garden furniture, it will last you for many years to come. Here’s our handy guide on how to protect and store your garden furniture so you can enjoy it summer, after summer.
Wooden garden furniture requires maintenance and protection every year to keep it in the best condition. Here are a few simple steps to follow if you want to keep your wooden outdoor furniture in the best condition.
All wooden furniture will do better for a good clean once a year to remove accumulated dirt, algae, bird droppings and lichens.
Leaving your wooden furniture outside over winter? The temptation is to not bother cleaning during the wetter months but dirt actually holds onto extra moisture, this means that dirty furniture will stay damper all season long and be more susceptible to decay than clean furniture, which gets the chance to dry out on those rarer sunnier days!
Even if you’re storing your wooden furniture in a shed or garage when the weather isn’t dry, cleaning it before you do so will ensure that it stays nicely dry while in storage, and prevents dirt from drying into the wood and becoming a permanent stain.
If you want to wash your wooden furniture, we recommend washing with warm, soapy water and a brush. After letting it dry, giving it a light sand with a smooth sandpaper to bring up that fresh wooden look.
Hardwood products – including teak, acacia, oak and eucalyptus – don’t need to be treated beyond a good clean as we described above. It will naturally weather to a silvery colour over time. If you want to maintain its original colour, try treating it with teak oil once a year.
Softwoods, like pine and similar materials, will need to be treated with some sort of preservative, whether this is wood paint or an oil to protect the wood. Paint onto your furniture using a clean brush to ensure the best finish and to stop dirt and grit getting stuck on the furniture. Remember to make sure you tilt the furniture to treat underneath the legs as well – those areas that in contact with the ground are potential spots for moisture absorption and decay.
Let the first coat of preservative or paint dry thoroughly before adding a second coat to ensure an even finish.
We provide a number of suitable wood stains and protectors you can coat on your garden furniture. Take a look at our full range here.
Take this opportunity to check for missing and loose screws. If you need to replace any, opt for brass screws that don’t rust.
Storing your garden furniture
Now you’ve cleaned and protected your garden furniture is clean and dry, it’s time to think about storage options for the wetter months. Your have three basic options:
- Storing it inside a garage or shed
- Protecting it with special covers
- Moving it to a more sheltered position
Store garden furniture in a garage or shed
Most garden furniture will be better stored inside over the wetter months. If you have room in your garage or garden shed, we would recommend putting clean and dry garden furniture away during the wetter months. If you don’t have space to store garden furniture in your current garden buildings, perhaps it might be worth investing in a storage solution for this.
Cushions and other soft garden-furnishings should always be cleaned and stored over the wetter months. Machine wash those pieces that can be washed, and sponge down those that you can’t. Allow cushions and covers to dry completely before storing them somewhere indoors or under cover where they won’t be found by mice.
All furniture and cushions stored in sheds and garages should be checked regularly to make sure it’s still clean and dry.
Now you’ve learnt how to take care of garden furniture, why not take a look at our full garden furniture range?