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How to Maintain Wooden Garden Furniture

Worried about wooden furniture in your garden deteriorating? Well, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t last for a good few years, or even a few decades. That is, if you get high-quality pieces and treat them with care. Although garden furniture is designed to withstand outdoor conditions, it still needs a bit of TLC from time to time.

Read on for our top tips on how to keep your wooden garden furniture in top condition:

Store furniture indoors during periods of bad weather

As great as it would be to keep our garden furniture out in full display all year, the British weather simply doesn’t permit it. If you have storage space such as an outdoor shed or a summerhouse, put your pieces away when expecting long periods of terrible weather.

Consistent cleaning is key

Most of the dirt and grime that accumulates on garden furniture can easily be cleaned with just some water and a sponge. If you have many pieces to clean, consider investing in a spray washer that can blast out water at high pressure for easy cleaning.

Consistency is key to keeping your wooden furniture looking good for longer. Don’t leave it too long between cleaning sessions. Although you may not spot any signs of decay or rot, over time, daily wear and tear can build up and lead to mould and mildew.

Tackle mould with a dedicated cleaning solution

Spotted signs of mould or algae? It’s easy enough to treat, but it should be dealt with as soon as you see it. Simply scrub the wood using a specialist cleaning liquid designed to tackle mould and mildew. We’d recommend getting your furniture treated with a wood preservative to prevent this from happening too often.

Hardwood and softwood furniture both benefit from special treatment

Hardwood furniture, such as teak, can be more expensive. But it is also known to last longer if treated with care. A high-grade oil will maintain both its looks and its condition for many years.

The exterior of softwood garden furniture, such as pine, is more prone to rot. Protect its condition with a good wood preservative. You can also use an oil-based stain to improve its appearance.


At Kirton Sectional Buildings, we have a wide range of high-quality wooden buildings on offer, including summerhouses and outdoor sheds. Get in touch with us to discuss your storage needs today. We’d be happy to create something bespoke for your specific requirements.

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