Author : Troy Lovejoy.
Publish : Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 6:02 pm.
Comfortable furniture goes a long way in allowing a patio to function as an extension of the home. For traditional looks and durability, patio furniture crafted of wood is hard to beat. Lovely though it may be, patio furniture crafted from woods such as teak and cedar require special attention to keep their looks despite exposure to the elements. Teak and cedar are the premier woods for outdoor furniture built to last. Look for solid brass, rust-proof screws and hardware. Opt for pieces built well and are sturdy. When possible, choose pieces that have a factory applied weatherproof finish that protects them from both sun and moisture. Use a gentle, all-purpose wood soap to keep your furniture clean on a regular basis. Once a year, use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean outdoor wood furniture. Practice with the pressure-washer nozzle to get the feel of it, and test your skill on an inconspicuous spot before washing furniture for the first time. Keep the nozzle at an angle and use smooth, long strokes to remove dirt, mold and mildew from outdoor furniture. One a month, treat wood furniture to a lemon-oil treatment. Wipe down the pieces with a rag soaked in lemon oil to keep the wood moisturized and prevent cracking or splitting. Apply oil, pastes or waxes in the shade, never full sun, for best results. Remove cushions from wooden furniture when they are not in use to prevent mold, dirt and debris from forming under the pad. Protect your pieces from the foulest of weather by storing them under the eaves of your home or in the garage when skies are stormy. Start each season by treating outdoor wood furniture with an all-weather wood-sealing product. Wash the pieces and allow them to dry completely. Using a pump sprayer, thoroughly coat each piece with a liquid wood sealer. Let the sealer dry completely by placing furniture in a cool shady spot for at least two hours. (homeguides.sfgate.com).
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