Outdoor furniture and other timber can be in desperate need of some love after winter. Cleaning and re-oiling or painting are very simple processes and will do a lot more than just have your furniture and timber look as good as new. Sealing timber properly prevents damage from moisture and accidental spills while also protecting it from the sun’s UV rays that can discolour and damage timber.

timber furniture

Timber Furniture

orbital sander
If timber is conspicuously stained with ingrained dirt, clean it with a suitable timber cleaner and allow it to dry before any further work. Any old paint or varnish needs to be removed or the surface will looking scruffy. A flexible sanding block is ideal for this as you’ll be able to easily work around tight spots. For larger surfaces such as legs, arm rests or table-tops, use an orbital sander . If you have a lot of paint to remove or need to deeply sand a larger area consider using a more aggresive tool like a belt sander, but do be aware that it can quickly remove 1mm or more from the timber surface.

Once clean and sanded, dust down and paint with your preferred timber oil or other timber treatment.

Timber Decks

Your decks really take not just the worst of the weather but also the wear and tear of foot traffic, dragging of furniture, damp pot plants bases and all the rest. Re-oiling or painting exposed timber decking is generally recommended at least once every couple of years. As they say, do it once and do it well, and the most you’ll have to do every couple of years is enjoy your deck

timber deck after spring clean

The first stage with rejuvenating your deck is to clean it. Remove loose debris and if timber is conspicuously stained with ingrained dirt, clean with a suitable timber cleaner and allow to dry before any further work. Using a pressure cleaner fitted with a rotary cleaning head is the ideal preparation pre-painting. Be careful when using pressure cleaners on treated pine decking. If the nozzle is held too close to the timber or you work against the timber grain, it can cause surface damage.

You’ll need the deck to be dry before you conduct any more work so take this time as an opportunity to go over each decking board and look for any popped nail heads or loose screws. Use a nail punch and hammer to knock nails back below the deck surface and tighten or replace any loose screws with a screw driver. 

floor sander
Once dry, lightly sand your deck if required. A floor sander will be best for this as you can sand the deck while standing instead of being on your hands and knees.  Be sure to sweep or blow away any dust left on the deck before oiling or repainting.

When your deck’s dry and smooth you’re ready to repaint or oil. You’ll find different paints, stains and oils all have different recommended application methods so follow these instructions carefully. Most will be best applied with a special decking paint applicator, similar to a mop, to get maximum coverage. However for larger decks consider using an airless sprayer if your paint type is suitable.