How do we ensure that our brand-new wooden garden furniture get the right maintenance from the very first day? How does last year’s furniture regain its beautiful appearance? And which practical means do we use to do the best work possible?
There are plenty of questions, but one thing is certain: if you keep your wooden garden furniture in good condition, it will without doubt last longer. A vital thing to bear in mind is that wooden garden furniture in temperate climates are prone to moist and mildew, if proper care is not taken to prevent this growth. Proper wood treatment is therefore essential, if you want to enjoy your furniture for a long time – whether it is new garden furniture or old ones to be renewed.
How to clean your wooden garden furniture simply depends on the level of dirt and moist on the wood surface. The same goes with the intensity of the wood cleaning product. It is recommendable to do the cleaning on grass, as the cleaning may cause stains and discolouration on wood or garden tiles.
New wooden garden furniture will benefit highly from a cleaning before use or before treatment with wood oil or wood paint, as the cleaning will remove invisible fungi from the wood surface. As wooden garden furniture is often wrapped in plastic and cardboard during transportation/delivery, fungi often occurs due to extremes in temperature and moisture. Therefore, a cleaning is highly recommended before use.
Brand-new wooden garden furniture must be cleaned the same way as dirty garden furniture, see below.
Algae growth thrive in moist and warm environments. Therefore, cleaning of dirty wooden garden furniture is vital, as dirty furniture holds a lot more moisture than clean ones. Therefore, cleaning on a regular basis is recommended to get rid of dirt as well as prevent algae growth from developing and spreading on the wooden furniture.
If your wooden garden furniture has started to look a bit dirty, it can be cleaned with WOCA Exterior Cleaner – a water based wood cleaning product that effectively removes dirt and grease. You can use Exterior Cleaner before basic treatment with oil or paint or for the ongoing cleaning of oiled furniture during the season, as this outdoor wood cleaner does not remove the protecting oil in the wood.
Soak the wood with clean water, preferably with a garden hose. Dissolve Exterior Cleaner in lukewarm water in the ratio 1:2 and apply it with a nylon brush or spray. The wood surface must be soaked with the solution. In case of very dirty patches, leave the solution on the surface for 20-30 minutes before scrubbing. Scrub the surface thoroughly with a brush along the wood grain until the wood appears clean. Wash down the surface with clean water immediately after the scrubbing and leave to dry thoroughly for approx. 24 hours. If necessary, remove standing fibres with sandpaper to achieve a more smooth surface.
Wooden garden furniture that has been neglected with cleaning and wood treatment in general will gradually get a grey, weathered surface caused by fungi and mildew. This kind of growth emerges because of changing weather conditions and temperature fluctuations. It is very important to remove it from the furniture before it weakens the wood or spreads elsewhere. All it requires is a bit of effort and you can save yourself from having to buy some new garden furniture.
More specifically, WOCA Deep Cleaner can help revive the grey, weather-beaten furniture. The practical spray and the thick fluid makes this outdoor wood cleaner very easy to apply and work with, while effectively dissolving and removing heavy dirt and weather-beaten oil residues.
Soak the wood with clean water, preferably with a garden hose. Apply Deep Cleaner in an even layer and leave to be absorbed for 3-5 minutes. Scrub the wood with a hard brush or nylon brush until the dirt is removed. Wash down with plenty of water and leave the furniture to dry thoroughly for approx. 24 hours. If necessary, remove standing fibres with sandpaper to achieve a more smooth surface.
With the right maintenance and aftercare the garden furniture will remain beautiful and well protected for many years. Therefore, the clean and dry furniture must be finished with either oil or paint after the wood cleaning. This will prolong the durability of the furniture as well as ensure maximum protection against the sun, wind and weather.
Finishing the furniture with a proper garden furniture oil will protect the wood effectively against dirt. This is because the oil penetrates deeply into the wood and strengths and protects it from the inside, without concealing the grain. As wood is a living material like no other, a proper garden furniture oil will keep the wood strong, healthy and elastic, and prevent it from drying out. It will also preserve and enhance the beautiful colour, shade and natural wood grain of the wood, if applied occasionally.
WOCA Exterior Oil is a perfect choice for your wooden garden furniture. The oil creates a hardwearing and water resistant surface, which minimizes the absorption of water. The oil also contains a strong UV-filter, which minimizes the bleaching of the wood caused by the damaging UV-rays of the sun.
Exterior Oil is available in a variety of colour variants, e.g. teak, black, walnut and larch. These colours are used primarily on light wood species in order to achieve the best effect.
If your furniture has lost a bit of its golden shade and protection, WOCA Exterior Gel can be used to refresh the surface. Exterior Gel is a durable, low VOC oil gel with UV-filter and a high content of solids matter. It comes in a practical, handy tube, which makes it very easy to apply and work with.
If you prefer to finish your garden furniture with an outdoor paint, on the other hand, WOCA Exterior Paint is a good choice. It protects the surface from fading, moisture and fluctuating temperatures, which makes it ideal for treatment and maintenance of garden furniture in wood. The paint ensures a hardwearing surface well protected against dirt and discoloration. Garden furniture finished with wood paint has the advantage that it does not require as much maintenance in the long run as oil finished furniture.
WOCA Exterior Paint is available in four different colours: white, black, grey and red.