Unfortunately, winter will soon be upon us. The clocks have already changed and it is only a matter of time before we are forced to endure inclement weather conditions. Unfortunately, the same applies to any outdoor wooden furniture that we may possess. If not cared for properly, even the most beautiful pieces can quickly succumb to the harsh elements. This is why it is important to know some of the most effective care techniques. Let’s take a more in-depth look at three suggestions.
Sealing Porous Wood
One of the major culprits associated with decay and damage involves wood that has been exposed to moisture due to its natural porosity (imagine firewood that remains outside over the winter). This can result in warping, discolouration and splitting. It is therefore important that the surface is protected from such damages.
Before a sealant is applied, it is a good idea to remove any loose paint or other substances that could serve to inhibit the effectiveness of the sealant. The same holds true for any exterior windows and doors. If you have concerns about performing such task, it is always wise to contact our premium door stripping experts.
Many consumers believe that covering their wooden furniture with tarps or other non-porous materials will keep them protected from the elements. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Substances such as plastic will actually cause moisture to remain trapped within. This can lead to mould growth and warping. It is much better to remove any furniture and store it within a shed or a garage.
Pressure Washing and Painting
Another popular method involves pressure washing the wood in order to remove any dirt or grime. Once the furniture has properly dried, it can be painted in order to provide a layer of protection. However, keep in mind that you should only use paint formulations that have been designed for exterior environments. There may also be times when more porous woods (such as oak or maple) will require more than one coat.
There is simply no reason why you should be forced to sacrifice your wooden furniture simply because old man winter is knocking at the door. The three methods above will provide superior results within a short period of time. If you require additional advice or should your items need to be stripped, please contact one of our representatives at your convenience.