Care of Cedar Patio Furniture

cedar patio furnitureCedar is a fine grained wood that is durable and resistant to rotting and insects. Cedar is a top choice for carefree living and cedar patio furniture can be left natural or it can be painted or stained to match any decor.

Left untreated, Western Red will weather to a beautiful soft silver-gray. Untreated cedar is natural and pleasing, however, the wood is porous and over the long term may become discolored if left in damp or shaded areas. A 20 percent solution of household bleach in water with one ounce of detergent per gallon will usually remove the stain. Even after years of exposure, cedar can be refinished to its natural bright clean appearance.

There are a wide variety of penetrating colored stains for cedar patio furniture. Some stains also have water repellant additives and mildew inhibitors. Penetrating stains go into the wood without forming a surface barrier. This eliminates the problems of blistering and peeling of painted surfaces. They work well on wood with knots and deep surface texture. Whichever stain you opt to use, please follow the manufacturer's directions for a successful application.

You can also paint cedar to compliment your outdoor decor, but the natural color and grain of the wood will be concealed. So many great colors are now available to accent your decor, from nautical blue and Caribbean turquoise, to bright, happy reds and yellows.

Add a touch of personality to your patio or deck, or a quiet place in your garden with a brightly painted Adirondack or cedar chair. You'll need to refresh the paint after a number of years of wear and you can take the opportunity to change the look of your cedar patio furniture altogether.