Maintain and renovate garden furniture
Here are 5 tips for maintaining your wooden garden furniture:
1. Protect: Using a protective product (Cetol HLS or WF771).
2. Cover: Take in your furniture during the winter or cover with a tarpaulin or canvas.
3. Clean: Use a soft brush and warm, soapy water on a regular basis.
4. Sand the stains or graying.
5. Avoid garden furniture oils ... they hardly last more than one season.
The different types of wood
The wood used for garden furniture is usually selected from naturally rot-proof species and whose mechanical properties ensure good resistance to xylophagous insects and fungi. Wild cherry, walnut , oak, pine or ash, the choice is vast among native species, while Eucalyptus and Teak are the most used exotic species.
All these woods attacked by the external conditions will get drunk and lose their beautiful appearance, an intervention will be necessary.
How to proceed ?
Proceed preferably early in the season, in the spring.
Start by cleaning the wood with a stiff bristle brush with lukewarm water with a little bit of soap or a more effective cleaner such as AXCLEAN for heavily soiled wood.
If the wood is heavily grayed out, then pass a de- icer . Apply in a generous layer, leave for a few minutes and brush vigorously before drying. Rinse with water and allow to dry.
Then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Washing will lift the hair from the wood. Once dry, sand the wood with a 120-grit sandpaper. This sanding will also eventually eliminate the last stubborn stains.
Dust off, if necessary wipe a slightly damp cloth to remove any remaining dust.
The last step is to use a brush with two layers of protection. Avoid the oils! These hardly last more than one season. A non-film-forming stain will have much better strength and a clean, new appearance much longer. Some saturator are also a cost effective alternative.
Sikkens BL Hydratol has an excellent result and a natural look on garden furniture.
The other alternative is Cetol BLX PRO . A water-resistant, lightly satined product that provides superior job resistance.
Maintenance of wooden furniture
A few simple actions will allow you to enjoy this renovation longer. Once a week, use a soft, damp cloth to clean your garden. This will eliminate dust and other soiling that will not have time to become embedded. Place your garden room if possible in a shady location to protect it from UV if possible shelter it in the winter when you are not using it.