Summer is approaching and it is time to prepare our wood outdoor furniture. If you want them to look like the first day, pay attention to the tips that we present you today.
As you will know, wood is a living material that undergoes changes according to the weather conditions. Heat, cold, humidity, or even pressure can alter its state and appearance. Not for this we must understand that they are more delicate. If we take good care of our outdoor wood furniture we can have them for years or even decades. In addition, they offer a unique touch and appearance, with a lot of character, that differentiates them from metal or plastic furniture.
How to Care for Wood Outdoor Furniture
Identifies the type of wood and its properties
In order to properly care for our furniture, it is important to know the type of wood with which they are made. If you remember, in a previous post we saw what woods were the most recommended for inclement weather. Still, the most popular species on the market are eucalyptus and teak.
Eucalyptus furniture is the most economical in wood outdoor furniture. It is a semi-hard wood, with a tendency to lose the colour after 2 years of weather exposure. We will need a continuous care for this wood, in addition to more intense protection.
On the other hand, there is teak furniture. In this case, it is a hard and resistant wood, but with questionable advantages. At the beginning, it is its origin. The teak continues to be extracted mostly by indiscriminate logging in the forests of Burma. Its properties are excellent since the felled trees are centennial, which means an irreversible aggression in the biosphere.
To this we must add that working the teak wood is not easy. The dust gives off toxic components, severely affecting the lungs and skin. In summary, the maintenance requirements are usually the same as eucalyptus wood.
And the best wood outdoor furniture, with what wood is made? The best options remain the Iroko, Elondo, Bubinga or Ipe. Its price is higher that the commercial ones. Now, they are those that present a greater hardness, resistance and beauty. Consequently, their maintenance and care will be less.
Where we are going to place the wood outdoor furniture
Before buying or mounting our wood outdoor furniture it is advisable to know where to place them. As we have seen, wood is a material that affects the conditions of the outside, so we must offer a stable environment. Avoid areas most exposed to the sun and rain, as well as areas where water can accumulate. Porches, covered terraces or balconies with roof are the best options.
Once you have decided where to place the furniture, we advise you to place them when you are going to use them. Another option is to cover them completely with a waterproof fabric, which protects them from UV rays and rain. Remember that summer storms can affect furniture if you forget to pick them up or cover them.
Wood is a permeable material, so water, sun and humidity are your worst enemies. To protect them we can paint an artificial layer with special oils, which we can apply from the first day. Teak oil is one of the most used. It is light, thin and easy to apply, although it contains very aggressive chemical components for health. A more natural and economical alternative, used for centuries, is flaxseed oil. It has a more yellowish colour, a stronger smell and a slower drying but penetrates more in wood. In this way, we will achieve a better protect effect.
Teak or eucalyptus furniture:
- If they are poorly exposed or have less than 5 years: polish and paint completely every 3 years.
- If they are very exposed or have more than 5 years: polish and paint completely every 2 years.
Iroko, Elondo, Bubinga or Ipe furniture:
- Polish and paint completely every 4 or 5 years.
As you can see, although teak furniture or eucalyptus is cheaper, the cost of maintenance is much higher.
The importance of protecting them from the ground
Although it may seem a minor detail, it is advisable to avoid the contact of the wood directly with the ground. We can help with rubber pads or metal protectors for the base of the legs. This will prevent the feet from absorbing moisture, causing cracks or affecting their stability.
We hope these tips have helped you. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask for.
See you in the next post.