The British winter can be quite harsh on your flower beds, however, it can also be harsh on your outdoor garden furniture. With cold and damp conditions, it’s important to take the steps to protect your garden chairs and tables, especially if you have invested in bespoke joinery pieces. In this article, we’ll provide you with the essential tips on how to keep your outdoor garden furniture in the best condition for the long winter ahead.
Clean and Prepare
Before winter sets in, it’s essential to give your garden furniture a thorough cleaning. Remove any dirt, debris, cobwebs or fallen leaves that may have collected together during the autumn months. Use a mild detergent such as washing up liquid and warm water to clean wooden, metal or plastic furniture. Rinse with plenty of water by using a garden hose and allow it to air dry.
Apply A Protective Finish
For bespoke wooden garden furniture, special attention is required so ensure to use a wood-friendly cleaner. To protect it from the harsh winter conditions, apply a protective finish. Oils, stains and varnishes can provide a barrier against moisture and prevent wood from drying out and cracking. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and reapply as necessary.
If possible, the best way to protect your garden furniture during winter is to store it indoors. Find a dry and sheltered place in your garage or shed where your furniture can be stored. This will shield your bespoke joinery pieces from the cold, damp conditions and prevent any other potential damage. Remember to clean and dry the furniture thoroughly before storing it.
Use Garden Furniture Covers
If indoor storage isn’t an option, invest in high-quality furniture covers. Choose covers specifically designed for your furniture’s size and shape. These covers should be waterproof and UV-resistant. Secure the covers tightly to prevent wind from blowing them away and to keep your furniture dry and protected. Check the cover regularly, especially after a storm for any signs of damage or moisture buildup underneath. Ventilation is key to preventing condensation, which can lead to mould and mildew growth.
Brush Off Excess Snow
If you’re expecting heavy snowfall in your area, be cautious about the weight of snow landing on your garden furniture. Snow can melt and seep into small cracks on the garden furniture, causing moisture damage and warping. Brush off excess snow with a soft broom and take care not to scratch or damage the furniture’s surface while doing so.
During the winter months, don’t neglect your garden furniture entirely. Inspect it regularly for any signs of damage or wear. This will allow you to catch any issues early and address them before they worsen. Pay particular attention to wooden joints and connections, as bespoke joinery pieces have complex craftsmanship.
Bespoke Garden Furniture By Brinard Joinery
By following the precautions outlined above, you can keep your outdoor garden furniture protected from whatever the British winter will bring! With proper maintenance and care, you can enjoy your outdoor garden furniture year after year. For optimal protection, we recommend using a garden furniture cover and storing it indoors.
If your garden furniture has stains, rust, areas of broken, chipped or rotten wood as well as making creaking noises, it might be time to consider replacing it. Or perhaps, you don’t own garden furniture and you are looking for something in particular. Well Brinard Joinery is the ideal place to go for bespoke garden furniture pieces. Our skilled joiners can craft anything from garden benches, loungers, chairs to furniture sets and wooden swings using Accoya timber which is known to be extremely durable, even in the harshest of weather conditions! To make an enquiry, please visit our showroom or contact us today.