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How to: treat garden furniture


So, you've invested in this gorgeous, sustainable, wooden garden furniture. Obviously, you want to keep them looking as good as possible for as long as possible. Or maybe it's already time for some freshening up?

What's the best way to keep your garden furniture in good shape? Is it better to use wood stain or oil, or perhaps to lacquer them? We're here to answer all of those questions, in a handy and simple stepwise how-to guide, with some of our best products added to help you make the best choice in treating your garden furniture. 


Step 1: Preparation

Step 2: Treatment

To start off on a good basis - literally - it's important that your garden furniture is clean. You can do that pretty easily with just lukewarm water and detergent. If there's moss on your furniture, you could use cleaning vinegar (not regular vinegar, because that's way too acidic for your wood) to remove it. Another option is to use an outdoor wood cleaner like Xyladecor Krachtreiniger voor alle buitenhout. It could also turn out to be useful to dust off the furniture in advance, removing all loose dirt. After cleaning, make sure to rinse carefully, so as to remove potential product residues. 

Next, the wood needs sanding. For new garden furniture, or pieces that are still in good condition, lightly sanding the wood using a small grain piece of sanding paper is enough. If you have older or weathered furniture or if you need to remove old paint layers, for example, it's best to start off with a larger grain size, to sand up to the natural wood again. You can then continue with a smaller grain size to smoothen out the surface. In any case, don't forget to use your duster after sanding! Oh, and for greyed wood, you might want to consider a colour renovator. It works miracles!

There are a couple of ways in which you can freshen up and/or protect your garden furniture. On the one hand, you could go with oil or transparent wood stain, when you'd like to preserve the wood's natural looks as much as possible.

Or, you could use an opaque wood stain, if you want to add some colour to your garden furniture. We'll also explain why we think you shouldn't use lacquer.

Click on the other tabs for more information. 

Oil and transparent wood stains both penetrate into the wood's surface and help protect it from the inside out. That means the wood will maintain its original characteristics, such as its colour, pattern and nuances. 

If you use a colourless oil or stain, you can at most intensify the wood colour a bit, but you'll keep it mostly the same. When using a tinted product, you can make a bigger difference. Think of applying a dark tinted oil to a light type of wood. Yet, you will still always end up with a natural wood colour, be it lighter or darker, instead of a funky colour. For that, you'll need an opaque stain.

Both oil and transparent wood stains can be applied by using a brush, in at least two coats, directly onto the garden furniture. 

Like we said before, you can use opaque stains to add some colour to your garden furniture while protecting the from several weather conditions at the same time. 

An opaque wood stain will also still leave the wood pattern visible, but with less nuance compared to a transparent stain. 

Just as with oil and transparent stains, you can apply the opaque stain directly onto the garden furniture using a brush. And again, you will need at least two layers

Thinking of lacquering your garden furniture? Here's why we don't think that's a good idea. 

We don't recommend lacquering garden furniture because lacquers will form a completely closed layer over the wood, no longer allowing it to breathe. The risk of the paint chipping off is therefore very significant.

If you want to add some colour to your garden furniture, we advise using an opaque wood stain. It will give you a much more durable and even more gorgeous result!

Preparation

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Xyladecor Krachtreiniger voor alle Buitenhout
From €23.45 

Quickly and thoroughly removes dirt and other types of contamination on garden wood.

Quickly and thoroughly removes dirt and other types of contamination on garden wood.

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Xyladecor Snelreiniger voor Teakmeubelen
From €13.45 

Nourishing cleaning agent, specially developed for regular cleaning of teak furniture. Contains natural orange oil that nourishes and cleans the wood.

Nourishing cleaning agent, specially developed for regular cleaning of teak furniture. Contains natural orange oil that nourishes and cleans the wood.

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Woodlover Teak Cleaner
From €16.45 

Wood Lover's Teak Cleaner is a powerful cleaner for garden furniture made of teak, bangkirai, and other wood, among others, that removes greenish stains and marks from insects and/or weathering.

Wood Lover's Teak Cleaner is a powerful cleaner for garden furniture made of teak, bangkirai, and other wood, among others, that removes greenish stains and marks from insects and/or weathering.

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Woodlover Teak Ontgrijzer
From €17.45 

Removes greying from naturally greying wood and restores it to its original appearance.

Removes greying from naturally greying wood and restores it to its original appearance.

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Xyladecor Ontgrijzer voor alle Buitenhout
From €18.45 

Gel that restores the original colour of weathered garden wood

Gel that restores the original colour of weathered garden wood

Oil / transparent stains

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Xyladecor Tuinmeubelolie
From €17.95 

Protective oil for wooden garden furniture.

Protective oil for wooden garden furniture.

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Xyladecor Tuinmeubelbeits
From €20.95 

High-quality stain specially designed to protect and beautify wooden garden furniture.

High-quality stain specially designed to protect and beautify wooden garden furniture.

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Xyladecor Tuinmeubelbeits Natuurlijk Effect
From €24.45 

High-quality stain specially developed to protect and beautify wooden garden furniture while maintaining a natural look.

High-quality stain specially developed to protect and beautify wooden garden furniture while maintaining a natural look.

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V33 Tuinmeubilair Olie
From €20.95 

Oil for all garden furniture in exotic wood, untreated or already provided with an oil layer.

Oil for all garden furniture in exotic wood, untreated or already provided with an oil layer.

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Sikkens Cetol Novatech
From €36.45 
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Sigma WoodProtect 2in1 Classic Satin
From €27.45 

High-quality transparent durable stain, the 2-in-1 formula ensures that the product can be used as both primer and topcoat

High-quality transparent durable stain, the 2-in-1 formula ensures that the product can be used as both primer and topcoat

Opaque stains

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Xyladecor Tuinhuis Color
From €24.95 
Top Quality
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Sikkens Cetol Opaque
From €44.45 
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Sikkens Cetol BL Opaque
From €37.95 
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Sigma Woodprotect Solid Satin
From €41.45 

Opaque stain resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Opaque stain resistant to extreme weather conditions.

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Trimetal Silvanol Lo
From €39.95 
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Xyladecor Dekkende Beits Tq
From €26.45 

Silk gloss opaque stain based on acrylates in dispersion. Can be colored on a mixing machine.

Silk gloss opaque stain based on acrylates in dispersion. Can be colored on a mixing machine.

Checklist

  • Clean and degrease

  • Sand the wood

  • Decide which look you want

  • Use the right product

  • Apply two coats directly with a brush

  • Sit down and relax 😎

Useful tools

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ProGold Flat Brush 7530 Classic
From €3.95 
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Progold Paint Bin
From €0.85 
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Progold Cardboard Protection
From €33.55 

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If some of the steps aren't entirely clear to you, or if you are in a specific situation that isn't covered by our how-to guide, then our experts will be happy to help.


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