Wood treatment is an essential element of owning outdoor garden furniture. Treated timber has a long life, and the process is gratifying, as your benches, tables, and chairs continue to look like new.
By applying a wood treatment regularly, usually, annually, the timber will retain its rich colour and not grey. The preservatives protect against the weather, such as rain, sleet, and snow, as well as insects.
The wood treatment will also protect your items against mildew. Mildew grows in warm yet damp conditions, particularly where airflow is poor. This environmental condition can occur if the items are stored and wrapped tightly in a non-breathable cover. A good garden furniture wood treatment will also help prevent cracking, splitting, and warping.
How It Protects Your Outdoor Garden Furniture
A wood treatment system should include a repellent. Repellents contain natural growth substances that repel liquids, stops algae growth and prevents mould from forming. They can also mimic the natural fossilisation process to protect the timber from flames and rot. Natural plant compounds protect the timber from fungus.
The treatment will create a barrier between the weather and the wood, with active ingredients such as silicon polymers and silicon minerals. These ingredients also help prevent shrinkage, which in turn prevents cracks, splits, and warping. If the furniture does not get an outdoor wood treatment, and cracks form, water can penetrate the timber, which will begin to rot.
You can further protect your chairs and tables by standing them on a hard surface, such as a patio, gravel, or deck, and of course, storing them under a breathable cover when not in use over winter.
Our treatment is perfect for Swedish Redwood, as well as many others. You should treat your furniture once a year with our water-based wood preservative.
Treating your wooden garden furniture is easy, and you do not need any special DIY skills or experience. You should choose to apply the treatment on a dry day when there is no risk of rain. A temperature of above 5C is ideal and a gentle breeze helps speed the drying process.
To begin, wipe your chairs and table down with a sponge and regular water, and detergent. The sponge will remove surface dirt, and it is best to wipe in line with the wood’s grain and avoid using a jet washer, which might damage, knock over, or even take chunks out of your furniture. If you have hardened dirt, you might find it helpful to use a stiff brush or paintbrush to loosen the dirt and brush away dust.
You should let the furniture completely dry before continuing, even if this means waiting until the next day. Next, you can apply our water-based wood preservative, which is an eco-friendly product. Remember, the horizontal surfaces, where water may sit, are most susceptible to water damage, so give these areas a little bit of extra attention.
Next up is the repellent. After this, you can seal the end grains with our breathable but water-resistant sealer.