While outdoor wooden furniture is a great addition to any home, it can be subject to wear and tear if not properly cared for. By keeping your pieces safe and clean, you can extend their lifespan and get more out of your investment. And the icing on the cake is that this isn't as inconvenient as you think!
Keep it covered
One of the best ways to protect your wooden outdoor furniture is to keep it covered when you're not using it. This will protect it from dirt, dust, and debris that can accumulate and cause damage over time – it's also a good idea to cover your furniture if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions.
Clean it regularly
Another way to make sure your pieces look their best is to clean them on a regular basis. When done properly, you will find it easy to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated on the surface.
For wooden furniture, it's best to use a mild soap and water solution. Be sure to avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning materials, as these can damage the wood. In addition to regular cleaning, you should also sand down your pieces every few years and remove any build-up on the surface to give it a fresh, new look.
Protect it from the elements
If you want your furniture to last a lifetime, it's also critically important to protect it from the elements. One way to do this is to apply a sealant to the wood, which will create a barrier that keeps moisture and dirt out. You can also buy covers for your furniture that will protect it from the sun, wind, and rain.
Store it properly
When you're not using your stylish outdoor furniture (like this timber foldable armchair or outdoor bench), make sure to store it properly. This means keeping it in a dry, cool place that is out of direct sunlight. If you have to store it outside, just cover it with a tarp or sheet to protect it from the elements.
Another great way to protect your outdoor wooden furniture is to paint it and create a barrier against the elements to keep the wood looking its best. While it's a bold move, you can always choose from a variety of colours to find the perfect match for your décor. If you want to give it a try, this hardwood outdoor bench may be the perfect candidate.
If you want to add an extra layer of protection to your outdoor furniture, consider varnishing it. This will create a waterproof barrier that will help to repel moisture and dirt. Varnishing is also a great way to add a bit of shine and flair to your wooden furniture pieces!
You can also protect your wooden furniture by switching its position from time to time. Doing so will help you prevent wear and tear in one spot and keep your pieces looking their best. It's also good to reduce sun exposure to help prevent fading over time, especially for larger pieces like this timber bench dining set.
Apply water-resistant sealants
If you live in an area with high humidity or frequent rainfall, it's a good idea to apply water-resistant sealants to your outdoor furniture. When you do, you can sleep soundly at night knowing that you're keeping moisture out and preventing damage to your wood! The best part is that you can easily find water-resistant sealants at most hardware stores.
Use furniture pads
Another tip worth considering is to use furniture pads, which are small, circular pads that you can place under the legs of your furniture to prevent scratches on your floor. They're also great for protecting your furniture from moisture and dirt – and best of all, they're relatively inexpensive and easy to find.
Keep your favourite outdoor wooden furniture safe and secure
Making your outdoor area a space you're proud of doesn't necessarily come easy; the right wooden furniture, however, can do most of the heavy lifting for you. Be sure to check out our stunning pieces like these family-style timber armchairs and table sets or our handy outdoor storage chests.
When you shop for some of the best furniture online, make sure you're also preparing to take the necessary steps to protect your pieces and enhance their lifespan. For personalised support to make your outdoor area more inviting and functional, contact the Luxo Living team today!