So you finally went ahead and bought that expensive wooden patio lounge set you’ve been eyeing on since last year. It’s gorgeous, it’s been getting a lot of compliments from your guests, it’s the perfect addition to your dull, boring and lifeless patio but most importantly, you’ve invested in a high-quality type of furniture. Now you’re wondering, “How do I make sure my beautiful wooden furniture will last for years?”
For hardwood patio furniture, while it can withstand the wear and tear of Mother nature, it can still degrade over time so extending its life by keeping it away from the extremes during winter and protecting it from moisture will help it prolong its aesthetic. Read on to learn how to maintain and care for your wooden patio furniture to make sure your investment won’t be a waste. Listed below are the different types of wood often used for outdoors. Know the steps to take in caring for each type of wood.
Ipe is a type of hardwood native to some Latin American countries. It’s surely fitting for being a type of hardwood because it literally is tough. Ipe wood is known for bending and breaking nails. In fact, during the construction of the Panama Canal, its trees have remained standing even after being savaged by the floods.
Ipe is mostly used for decking and is also being used as a material for furniture. However, ipe trees grow slowly and it is cultivated rather than being extracted from forests. If you ever decide to buy ipe for your deck or as a patio furniture, look for legitimate suppliers that certify the lumber used were from trees grown in cultivation.
Like teak wood, ipe turns into a silvery gray finish over time and can also be cleaned and sealed the same way as teak. It produces its own natural oils that make it resistant to insects, mildew and also rot the same way like teak.
Shorea is another type of hardwood that is finding its way as outdoor furniture and shares much of the same characteristics as teak and ipe producing its own natural oils making it insect and water resistant. It can be found in Southeast Asian countries like India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Shorea is critically endangered and regulations are being established which makes the wood expensive.
Light dusting and wiping with cloth can keep your shorea furniture clean. It also turns into a silvery gray color and can be maintained using a sealant.
If your wooden patio furniture has already turned into silver with cracks and splintering, you’ll need to do more. You may need to sand and refinish your furniture and this is no easy task.
It will need to be cleaned with a power washer to get rid of any splinters and smoothen out cracks and grooves. It also needed to be sanded and then sealed with teak oil. Be aware that this may not be able to return the wooden furniture to its original state. Furthermore, it is quite difficult to restore weathered wooden furniture and may need the expertise of a professional carpenter.