There are so many choices for outdoor furniture and we have gone way past the old-school plastic and resin patio furniture our parents had which were rather inexpensive. Today we are privy to an abundance of styles and expensive woods and other materials, however, that doesn’t mean it always comes treated for every climate. It also doesn’t mean that it comes with the proper instructions as to how to clean and preserve wood that they may use to fabricate the furniture causing you to lose your investment early to weather wear.
How to preserve wood patio or yard furniture
Most people will purchase wood furniture for their patio because face it, it looks great and has a class and charm that is certainly a far-cry from the look that resin gives. However, if you do not bring your outdoor furniture indoors during the winter or wet season, you can lose it by spring and summer when you are more likely to use that furniture for your family BBQ.
Tip One: Cleaners
Cleaners are the first thing you should look at when you clean your wood furniture. Avoid using a water-based cleaner because it may not dry quick enough to prevent it from seeping into the cracks (that naturally occur in the wood when the furniture is made).
Tip Two: Oils, what kind and how to use it
The best advice on preserving wood and cleaning furniture comes from the Scandinavian countries where they must preserve the entire home from wood rot and other weather-born issues. Oil is the key to keeping things together. The best oils to use that you can acquire from an online dealer is linseed or Tung oil or some kind of product that has this as a base. Find them at Woodcraft stores (and use woodcraft coupons for saving, of course).
Bonus Tip: Don’t let water based cleaners and preservatives fool you with the way they bead water off because after a short-while they will seep and hold the water with the wax they contain and actually promote wood-rot.
Tip Three: Oil your wood only as needed. If you over-oil you won’t necessarily hurt anything but you will just waste your supply and you will also form unsightly crystals on the wood which by the way is a sign that you are oiling too much.
How to clean outdoor furniture
We have already touched on wood as far as preservation is concerned. And if you acquire stains from tree sap or bird droppings or even food and wine and other stain causing substances, you would do well with a mild detergent.
Use a mild detergent or if not painted use a polisher and rinse.
Scrub with warm water and baking soda and rinse.
If white then use dish soap with warm water in your bathtub and ¼ cup bleach. No bleach in colored cushions. Dry in the sun and store when not in use to prevent fading. You may use the same method only out in the yard with a hose not a bathtub as you did for cushions.