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Garden furniture is an essential part of outdoor living spaces, providing comfort and style to your garden or patio. To ensure your wooden garden furniture remains in top condition, it's important to consider specially made garden furniture stains, treatments and preservatives to protect and enhance its longevity.


Outdoor furniture is exposed to various weather conditions, such as rain, sunlight, and humidity, which can deteriorate it, costing you a lot in maintenance or replacements. Garden furniture stains, treatments and preservatives enhance the wood's natural beauty and provide valued protection. They can prevent rot, decay, and even fading caused by UV rays.

Regularly applying suitable wood protection can keep your outdoor garden furniture looking pristine and functional for many seasons. For more information on looking after your garden furniture, visit our blog on how to clean wooden garden furniture.

For oak garden furniture, the best stain and treatment options are those specifically formulated for hardwoods. These enhance the wood's natural richness and grain while offering protection. If you need to refresh or change the finish, a garden furniture stripper can be used to remove old coatings effectively. To keep your oak furniture in top shape, occasional use of a quality garden furniture polish can help nourish the wood, maintain its lustre, and provide defence against weathering and UV damage. If you're looking to enhance the appearance of your furniture visit our blog on how to paint wooden garden furniture.

Here at Homebase, you’ll find everything you need for cleaning and treating wooden surfaces to ensure they stay looking lovely. Shop wood cleaners, scratch covers, garden furniture cleaners, furniture strippers and more. You can also browse our range of Painting Tools & Accessories.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you treat softwood for outdoor use?

Follow these steps on how to treat softwood for outdoor use:


1. Start by choosing the right type of softwood. Opt for naturally decay-resistant options, like cedar or redwood, or use pressure-treated pine for added durability.

2. Ensure the wood is clean and dry. Remove any dirt, debris, and previous finishes using a stiff brush or sandpaper.

3. Protect the wood from decay and insects by applying a wood preservative. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application, which typically involves brushing or rolling it onto the wood.

4. Apply a water-repellent sealer or clear wood finish to create a barrier against moisture and UV rays.

5. If you want to add colour and further protection, you can paint or stain the wood after applying the sealer. Choose exterior-grade paints or stains and follow the instructions for proper application.


Is teak oil good for outdoor furniture?

Teak oil is an excellent treatment for outdoor and garden furniture, as well as other items crafted from teak wood. It enhances the wood's natural beauty and acts as a protective barrier against moisture and UV damage. Regularly applying teak oil helps preserve the warm, original colour of your garden and outdoor furniture, ensuring it remains durable in outdoor settings.


What is the best treatment for hardwood garden furniture?

The best treatments for hardwood garden furniture are oil-based solutions. These protect outdoor wood furniture in a way that prevents water, dirt, and UV exposure. A good oil based solution to use for your garden furniture would be teak oil.


How do you stain garden furniture?

Follow these steps on how to stain garden furniture:


1. Start by cleaning your wooden garden furniture thoroughly with a mixture of mild soap and water. Use a scrub brush to remove any dirt or old finishes. Rinse and let it dry completely. Then sand gently with fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth and even canvas for the stain.

2. Choose an exterior wood stain that matches your desired colour and offers protection against outdoor conditions.

3. Apply the stain using a brush, pads or cloth, following the wood grain. Let the stain sit for a few minutes, allowing it to penetrate the wood, and then wipe off any excess with a clean cloth.

4. Allow the stained furniture to dry completely. Follow the manufacturer instructions for drying times.

5. For extra protection against the elements, consider applying a clear wood sealer or varnish once the stain has dried.


Can you use decking stain on garden furniture?

Yes, you can use decking stain for garden furniture. Just follow the manufacturer's instructions and test the stain on a small, inconspicuous area of the furniture to ensure you achieve the desired colour and finish. If you're happy with this test, apply it to the entire piece.


How do you remove wood stain from garden furniture?

Follow these steps on how to remove wood stain from garden furniture:


1. Prepare your area outside and lay a dust sheet underneath your furniture to catch drips. You should also wear safety gear, such as glasses, gloves and a dust mask, for protection.

2. Next, apply a paint stripper to the wood and allow it to sit for the recommended time to soften the stain.

3. Using a steel wool or scrub brush, scrub away the softened stain, following the wood grain. For stubborn areas, use a putty knife or scraper and continue until most of the old stain is gone.

4. Soak a rag or paper towel in mineral spirits and wipe down the wood to remove any remaining paint stripper and stain residue.

5. After the wood is completely dry, use a coarse sandpaper to sand the entire surface, moving with the grain. Finish by sanding with fine-grit paper for a smooth finish.

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