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Refurbishing your wooden garden furniture: here’s how

24 June 2021

5 tips for cleaning wooden garden furniture

With the rising temperatures and especially with the beautiful days that become more and more frequent, relaxing in your garden is ideal.

A space to live in and decorate to make it a real extension of the house, where there is often no lack of furniture, perhaps in wood.

Wood, however, is a surface to be treated with delicacy, a victim of biological deterioration but also of climatic agents and, last but not least, of incorrect maintenance.

Starting from the main causes for which wood deteriorates, this time we give you five tips for cleaning wooden garden furniture.

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5 reasons why wood deteriorates

Wood is a vegetable tissue which, thanks to the new “green” awareness, is regaining considerable importance, after having been replaced over the years by brick and concrete in the construction of buildings. Widely used in the field of furniture, wood is however subject to deterioration and the reasons are different, from the human factor to biological degradation.

Let’s see them specifically.

Human factor

Among the first causes that lead to the deterioration of one’s wooden furniture, there is certainly one that concerns us directly and is the human factor.

Subjecting the wooden furniture to continuous repairs and maintenance, using unsuitable products or following wrong procedures, is the right method to ruin them and end up with the surrounding furniture in poor condition.


Those factors caused indirectly by man (smog for example) and natural ones, starting from light are added to this human factor. The light, in fact, acts on the surface of the wooden furniture and affects the coloring, the fabric or paper components (if any), the veneers, the inlays and the paint.

Whether it is a more direct and intense light or vice versa of rays hitting the surface of the wooden furniture indirectly, side effects are inevitable and include severe discoloration or darkening processes.

Air contamination

Another factor that leads to the deterioration of the wood is air contamination.

The sulphurous products of combustion of internal combustion engines, for example, are contaminants that do anything but good to wooden furniture, performing a deterioration action that does not spare even paper, fabric and paints.

Ambient temperature and humidity

Two other reasons (but which we can combine into a single factor) that affect wooden furniture are the temperature and humidity of the environment. When the moisture level rises, the wood absorbs it and we are faced with a plastic expansion and deformation of the latter, while otherwise there is a contraction and a creation of cracks on the surface.

Biological degradation

A final component, which is also linked to environmental humidity, is biological degradation, which is a process of natural deterioration favored by non-optimal environmental conditions. Biological degradation is a wedding invitation for insects that attack wood in search of nourishment; termites, in particular, are the most dangerous hosts, as they are difficult to identify and eliminate.

Using the right products and following the correct procedures, as well as not subjecting wooden furniture to “climatic stress” situations, are the right ingredients to keep them in the best conditions. But if algae, lichen and moss attack the wood, what can we do?

Let’s see together what are the 5 things to know, in this case, for cleaning wooden garden furniture.

5 tips for cleaning wooden garden furniture

Poorly maintained, heavily graying, marked by time, with the presence of algae, lichens and moss.

Wooden garden furniture is also subjected to the latter factors that compromise its initial state, making it necessary to refurbish it.

Here are 5 tips to eliminate and keep these organisms away from wooden furniture:

  1. In the presence of algae, moss and lichen, it is recommended to use the SMACCHIO LEGNO stain remover which is applied with a brush, sponge or soft cloth, leaving it to act for about 20-30 minutes. At this point the product is reapplied, rubbing the surface with the blue pad, rinsed with water, left to dry and at the end rubbed with a blue pad.
  2. Once the restoration is complete, to give protection and at the same time an elegant appearance to the wooden garden furniture, the anti-degradation impregnation FLUOIL, pigmented with 10% of OILTONER CASTAGNO, is used. The two products, once mixed and pigmented, should be distributed with a brush on the cabinet, repeating the operation (but with a soft cloth or paper), about 30 minutes later, to redistribute the excesses of the product.
  3. After about 12 hours, any dry excesses of product are removed with a medium hard pad, applying (if necessary) a second coat of FLUOIL or BARRIER, a protective and nourishing finish. To prolong the treatment done with FLUOIL and OILTONER CASTAGNO over time, the BARRIER finisher is used, spreading it evenly and without excess with a brush on the surface.
  4. Before applying BARRIER, if necessary, the dirt on the surface can be removed with DETERCLEAN, a sanitizing and eco-friendly detergent.
  5. BARRIER is a really ally against UV rays, one of the most fearsome “enemies” for the wooden furniture that makes a fine show of them in the garden. A very effective product of which only one coat every 6-12 months is sufficient.

Becoming aware of the elements that cause the deterioration of external wooden furniture is therefore as important as using the right precautions (and the right products) to put them back “in shape”.

And admire them, as new, in your own garden!

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