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Most garden furniture needs some care and protection over the winter. Products made from hardwoods or plastic are less likely to require maintenance, but those produced from softwoods and metals need more care and attention if they are to give many years of enjoyment.
Maintaining garden furniture
All garden furniture will benefit from some maintenance.
Carry out any maintenance and storing of furniture at the end of summer season in dry weather. However, maintenance can be carried out at any time when the furniture is dry.
The care and maintenance used for garden furniture depends on the materials they are made from. Here is a guide to the most common.
Hardwood furniture is the most durable. Among the woods commonly used are: teak, courbaril, roble, cumaru, iroko and eucalyptus, all of which contain high levels of natural oils. This makes them weather resistant and able to be left out over winter (if space under cover is at a premium).
Teak will turn from a golden-brown colour when new to a silvery-grey when weathered. If the original colour is preferred, teak protector can be applied, but this removes the natural patina. Good quality teak can last for many years with no treatment at all.
Treated softwood such as pine is cheap and readily available.
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