How to Protect Garden Furniture Legs From Standing Water

Here is a good guest article on protecting your yard and garden log furniture. Which reminds me that I need to clean up my wood swing at our log cabin and then put a waterproofing on it. Enjoy Michelle’s informative article!
– Jim

Garden furniture, such as a wooden bench or a swing, is always out in the elements. This means your furniture needs to be protected from water. The most common water problem is rain. However, there is always that possibility that a severe storm can leave standing water. Standing water can saturate outside log furniture if it is not properly protected. There are a variety of ways to protect log furniture from the effects of standing water.

Weather Effects

Log Lawn Furniture

Log Lawn Furniture

The effects of weather over time can wear on outside garden furniture. This is due to the heat coming from the sun, moisture extremes, and temperature variations. If you have log furniture made using wood that has not been properly treated is susceptible weather including rain and standing water. You will need to check your garden furniture each year to ensure it is properly protected from the weather.

Proper Cleaning

Outside furniture made from wood will need to be completely clean before any treatment is performed or applied. This includes removing any dirt, grime, or tree sap that has accumulated over time. You can easily do this by wiping the furniture with a sponge soaked in soapy water. If you see signs of mold on your furniture, then spray a mixture of water and bleach and let dry. This will give you a clean slate for applying a waterproofing treatment to the furniture.

Applying Treatments

There are many ways to waterproof outside wooden furniture. The easiest method is to apply a gel or a wax using a clean cloth. Dip the cloth in the wax and then wipe it on any wooden surface, such as arms and legs. Wear gloves when applying the wax to keep your hands clean. Another option to waterproof a wooden piece of furniture is to sand it and then apply a waterproof paint or use a varnish.

Higher Elevation

Avoid placing garden furniture in low-lying areas where standing water can occur. Another option is to increase the height of the furniture on the ground. One way to do this is to add a base that is made from concrete or a group of cinder blocks. The goal is to raise the furniture a few inches to avoid any type of water damage to the legs. You can do this to prepare for a severe storm or incorporate your landscape.

Multi-Purpose Waterproofing

 This is a solution that is added to a garden sprayer that can be applied to garden furniture. You can find this solution at a local hardware store or a home improvement center. Pump up the sprayer and stand at least 12 inches away from the piece of furniture. Make sure to take off any cushions or accessories and then begin spraying the surface. The treated furniture will then need to dry for at least 48 hours. Splash a small amount of water on the furniture and see if small beads appear. If you do not see beading of the water, then another coat needs to be applied.

About the author:
“Michelle Custodio is a writer and SEO specialist for JHE’s Log Furniture Place, one of the oldest and most trusted online providers of rustic log furniture.”

2 Responses to How to Protect Garden Furniture Legs From Standing Water

  • Jan Day says:

    Teak is used to make outdoor furniture , boats , and other things which require resistance to the elements. Teak is used for outdoor furniture because of its natural durability in extreme weather conditions and because of its relative rarity. Being more expensive than most other woods, teak furniture has become something of a status symbol . Not only is it common for a teak bench, chair, or table to last 70 years standing out in the elements, it is also common to pass down such furniture to future generations as an heirloom.

    • Jim Smith says:

      Jan,
      Good point about using teak for outdoor furniture. It can be pricey to buy teak but it not only is a nice-looking wood but is extremely durable as well. Although it will last around three times longer than cedar the price is around three times the price of cedar as well. So compare the price, the look, and what it will be used for when making that decision. Thanks for the input Jan!
      – Jim

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