4 easy tips for timber garden furniture care

You’ve recently purchased timber garden furniture for your outdoor space. It looks great and inviting, but do you know how to keep it looking fresh for many years to come?

Timber is a natural material with each piece having its own unique characteristics. Its qualities are also environmentally friendly too. These features often make it a great alternative to the metal and plastic varieties.

Did you know? All Zest 4 Leisure Direct products are responsibly sourced and are grown to a high standard given by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC). To find out more about how we care for the environment, click here.

It’s also important to note that the majority of timber garden products are pressure treated and hold a guarantee against rot. Although this protection adds extra years to the product, we still recommend you follow our aftercare tips.

1. Painting and further treatment

Firstly, we recommend you wait six months before you paint any pressure treated wood, as this allows the wood to dry from within its core.

However, there may be times when you wish to paint your furniture to suit your garden design. A range of treatments and paints designed for timber can be found at your local Garden Centre or searched for online. Share your projects with us on our social channels Twitter and Facebook.

Painted Chair

2. Wipe down surfaces after use

Cleaning your garden products every so often is beneficial to keep it looking its best. For a cheap and effective solution, use warm water and soap with a scrubbing brush to remove any dirt. Additionally, you can buy specific cleaning products for outdoor wooden furniture.

If you use your products for dining, chances are you may have watermarks from hot and cold dishes. Don’t panic. Use a small amount of white gel toothpaste on the surface and apply little pressure to remove any unwanted rings or spots.

Try and limit the number of times you do this as it can remove any treatment from the wood.

3. Splits and cracks are natural features

During the summer months, you may notice splits and cracks naturally appearing in your wood. Timber adapts to its surroundings so will expand and contract depending on the temperature. Little splits and cracks are not a cause for concern.

Timber Garden Furniture Care - Splits and Cracks

4. Winter Storage

We are all guilty of not storing away our furniture in winter, but tidying away could help your furniture last much longer. A well-ventilated shed or garage is best as it ensures the furniture does not get damp. If you do not have the luxury of extra space, most retailers provide additional covers for outdoor storage. Always ensure you purchase a breathable cover with vents to prevent mildew and mould.

For further information on timber’s natural features, visit our timber care page.