Wooden garden furniture is particularly vulnerable to adverse weather conditions in winter. Find out how to impregnate them so that they can survive low temperatures without problems.
Before you start protecting your furniture, you need to clean it by first removing any cushions and pillowcases. Garden furnishings easily pick up plant debris and soil. The impregnator may have trouble penetrating dirty wood. It will thus leave bright, unprotected stains. Cleaning should be done gently so as not to damage the structure of the furniture. Clean inaccessible nooks and crannies with a soft brush or compressed air. Greased and greasy wood should be washed with extraction gasoline. You must also remember to remove any old coat of waterproofing by hand or with a sander. Then proceed to apply new coats. Don’t forget that lack of proper protection will shorten the life of your furniture.
Metal parts also need special preparation for winter. Aluminum accessories are the most weather-resistant, but some of the other plastics require maintenance. You can use a high-pressure cleaner or water and a cloth for this purpose. Wipe the furniture with alcohol to get rid of fungal spores from its surface. If you notice enamel chips or rust on the metal, use a wire brush or sandpaper. To stop the oxidation of iron, wipe cast iron accessories with a cloth soaked in oil or oil. This will serve as an emergency impregnator. However, if you can, use special products and coat your furniture with them according to the instructions on the package.
Wicker is a special material. It needs special care, as it can discolor and even start to crumble when exposed to moisture. The use of a spray designed to impregnate wicker is even required before the onset of winter. It is tailored to this material and provides it with reliable protection. On the other hand, a solution of water with a few drops of lemon is recommended for daily care and removal of minor dirt. Even if your wicker furniture has been impregnated, remember not to store it in soaked covers. Such an environment could promote the formation of fungi and mold.
If the wood is dry, you can move on to applying the product. The impregnator can be applied by hand – by painting, or by machine – by spraying. If you do not have a lot of garden furniture, the first way will be suitable for you. It is enough to apply the substance to previously cleaned, dry wood with a brush or roller. Depending on the manufacturer of the impregnator, you should apply several evenly distributed layers. Finally, do not forget that it is not recommended to put wooden furniture in heavily heated rooms, such as the boiler room, for the winter.
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