Restore your garden furniture
A combination of lockdown restrictions and warmer weather has led to more people spending time in their gardens, be it for the purpose of outdoor home-working or just general lounging. If like us, you’ve had to dust down your old garden furniture to facilitate these enforced changes to your regular routine, you may well have noticed signs of wear and tear on your tables and chairs, especially if they have spent a winter or two sitting outside in your garden, exposed to the elements.
Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to buff them back to shape. Here are our top 10 tips…
Garden furniture purchased at the cheaper end of the market is usually made from softwood such as pine and spruce. Softwood tends to deteriorate quickly, so the furniture will most likely have been pre-treated with a wood preserver or painted with wood stain for protection. A light sanding, followed by a re-application of wood stain or paint should see it looking spick and span for another season of use.
Wooden garden furniture is particularly vulnerable to rot at the points where it touches the floor, so to protect chair and table legs, stand the furniture in preservative overnight and allow the liquid to penetrate up into the wood. Wipe off any drips in the morning then place your furniture upside down to dry.