Preserving Wooden Garden Furniture

wood preservativeWooden garden furniture should often be treated to protect it from rotting.

There are two types of preservative available for wooden garden furniture – oil/ spirit  based and water based. Water based preservatives do not soak into the wood well and need repeating regularly. Oil and spirit based preservatives are longer lasting, but they can damage plants before they have completely dried.

You should wear gloves when applying preservatives, and take care not to splash them onto exposed skin.

Hardwood may not need preserving as it is naturally much harder and longer lasting. Teak is an example of a hardwood. Softwoods are more susceptible to rot and will always need treating. Pine is an example of a softwood – although not all pine is the same. Pine grown slowly in forests in northern Europe tends to be more durable than faster growing versions from southern Europe.

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