Maintaining Garden Furniture,
Nursery & Gardening Furniture
If space is available at the back of
the garage or in a garden shed,
store garden furniture for the
winter. Tilting furniture and
keeping the feet off wet ground will
help if it is left out over winter.
Alternatively heavy-duty waterproof
covers will keep out the worst of
the winter weather.
Hardwood furniture is the most
durable, but treated softwood such
as pine is cheaper and more readily
available. To keep it in good
condition wash down surfaces
regularly with a suitable cleaning
product and treat with a wood stain
or paint when necessary. This is
best done in dry weather in the
autumn. Pay particular attention to
horizontal surfaces and areas that
collect water or are in contact with
damp soil. Many wood staining
products suitable for garden
furniture come in a range of colours.
Metal garden furniture needs to be
cleaned and checked for rust. This
can appear in plastic coated metal
furniture when there are cracks in
the plastic. Treat with rust
preventing paint after removing
loose material. Joints and fixings
may need oiling to allow free
Plastic furniture is easy to
maintain. Clean regularly,
especially pale coloured furniture.
Furniture left out over winter or
exposed to strong sunshine, can
become brittle over time.
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