Investing in a luxurious and beautiful wooden garden furniture set is something you should hopefully only need to do once, providing it has received the highest form of care and maintenance. Most wooden furniture will last a lifetime, however, if left untreated and poorly maintained, it won’t last as long as you may want it to. Wood is a completely natural product and will only last as long as expected if properly maintained.
Unfortunately, us Brits endure all sorts of weather throughout the year and your garden furniture takes the brunt of it all, especially if it’s left outside all year round. Here at LOFA, our members have a range of well-made and luxurious wooden garden furniture to stand the test of time and the unpredictable British weather. Our member’s furniture is made only to the highest standard and of the highest quality materials, so you can expect your furniture to last for years to come.
Depending on which wood your furniture is made of will depend on how you care for it and how long it will last. As wood is a 100% natural product, it creates its own oils, however, this doesn’t mean you should expect your furniture to take care of itself. Without proper maintenance, your furniture will fade and become weak.
How you maintain and treat your wooden garden furniture will depend on your own personal preference and the type of wood it is made from.
How to Clean Wooden Garden Furniture
Outdoor wooden furniture is renowned for becoming mouldy and it can often ruin a perfectly good piece of furniture. Mildew and moss thrive in the damp British weather and your furniture is a prime target for it to grow, especially on timber.
One of the simplest and easiest ways to remove any small areas of the mould is to use a warm and soapy solution with a scrubbing brush.
First off, soak the area with the water and then scrub gently in circles on the area, removing the mould. Once removed, soak the clean cloth in clean warm water and rinse the soapy area, as washing up liquid could discolour the wood.
For any mould that has grown under the finish of the furniture, use five parts of water with one part bleach and gently scrub the affected area. This should prevent any mould from growing back. It’s important to remember to never use bleach on untreated wood as this could permanently damage and discolour the wood.
We highly recommend that you do not use a pressure washer on your wooden garden furniture as this can actually lift the grain from the wood and cause it to become rough. Dirt will be removed but it’s not worth risking damage to your furniture, especially as hand washing works just as effectively.
Hardwood furniture includes teak, courbaril, roble and eucalyptus are considered the most durable of the wood family due to their high oil levels. This type of furniture requires very minimal maintenance and can be left out during winter months due to its weather resistance and durability. Simply give it a soapy cleanse to remove mould and dirt. High-quality teak can last years without any treatment at all.
To prevent rotting, make sure your furniture isn’t placed directly on the ground.
Softwood furniture mainly consists of pine and fir and is very commonplace in homes across the country. Softwood should be washed down regularly to prevent mould and treated with an oil or paint coating to protect it. Ideally, this should be done at least once a year. Try to treat the wood on a dry and sunny day to prevent the finish from spoiling.
How to Treat Wooden Garden Furniture
If your furniture is left outside all year round then it might be worth considering giving it a coating of paint or oiling it. Each type of treatment will give a variety of different looks to your wood, but it depends on what style you would prefer.
There are a number of wood paints available on the market in a spectrum of colours, so you can decide which shade specifically would suit your home and taste. Oil and stains, however, stain the wood to a darker or lighter shade of its natural colouring, depending on the oil you use.
Teak oil is a popular choice of oil coating for wooden garden furniture, providing wood with a delicate and natural colour, making the wood appear moister. It also provides wood with a waterproof element and protects it from various weather types.
Treating wood with a stain is another great way of protecting your furniture and allows you to have more customisation options when it comes to designing your garden. Stains will provide the same protection as an oil but will simultaneously dye the wood a different colour of your choosing. If you have pine furniture but would prefer the look of a darker wood then choose a dark stain.
Paint provides the highest level of protection to your wooden garden furniture as it adds an additional layer to the wood. The wood becomes completely waterproof, helping it to last through the winters. However, after extensive use, the paint can become worn and mould can still grow through into the wood, so it’s worth giving your furniture a new coating once a year. One of the main benefits of wood paint is the option to colour your furniture any colour you desire. If you decide to redecorate your garden then you can simply paint your furniture a new colour.
One alternative way to take care of your garden furniture is to store it away during the harsh winter months in a garage or shed. This would prevent any rotting and mould growing on your furniture. Another alternative to paints or oils is to cover your furniture with a protective, waterproof cover if you don’t have the space available to store it during the winter. LOFA members sell and distribute a variety of different garden furniture covers; simply head to over to our dedicated furniture covers page to find out more.
Whether you’ve already bought your wooden garden furniture set or are ready to purchase, you should now have the knowledge to be able to keep your furniture in pristine condition, allowing you and your family many happy years of use. Don’t forget to check out our other care guides including our guide on how to clean a garden parasol.