Maintenance of wooden furniture for patio and outdoor dining
So, do you have this beautiful garden? Keep it beautiful by properly maintaining your outdoor wooden patio and dining room furniture. The reason for this is that if one item looks sloppy, you’ll find that most of the others look that way too. However, the good news is that maintaining your wooden outdoor furniture is actually not that difficult. There will be the occasional need to lift heavy things, especially during the rainy season, but beyond that, you’ll find that it not only becomes a labor of love, but also a great way to spend time outdoors.
Before you have furniture to maintain, you need to make sure that you choose the right type of wood to have outdoors. You want to choose a wood that is naturally very strong and hard-wearing, such as teak, oak, cedar, or acacia. These woods will survive extreme weather conditions with minimal damage, making your life a lot easier.
Things to consider when performing maintenance
The one thing you need to do when you have wooden furniture is to make sure you know when maintenance is needed in the first place. You don’t want to let a small splinter turn into a big problem because you overlooked it.
The rule of thumb for wood furniture maintenance is to make sure to sand and refinish it whenever you see the first signs of chipping. Chipping can lead to excessive cracking and eventually splitting of the wood, which is of course detrimental to furniture. Make sure if you have found a crack that you varnish it, just so it doesn’t rot from rain and other elements like wood beetles.
If you have very harsh climates, you should ideally try to put your furniture under some sort of cover unless it’s in use. For example, if you live in a place with heavy storms in the afternoon and scorching sun in the morning, the wood is likely to wear out faster, so better store it.
You’ll also likely need to oil your wooden furniture from time to time, just to give it an extra layer of waxy protection from the elements. This also keeps the wood nice and smooth to the touch. After all, there’s nothing worse than sitting on dry wood that feels like it could splinter at any moment.
One of the best wooden outdoor furniture is, without a doubt, the built-in braai. The center of the furniture is a built-in braai that can be detached and used as a storage space or a fridge. The exterior is a mix of pine wood and metal. This is a great way to entertain. You can braai while your guests sit there, enjoy a few drinks and relax outside.