Eucalyptus patio furniture has become increasingly common in recent years. Eucalyptus wood is strong and durable. It is also extremely sustainable and green as well. Here are a few things you can do to protect your eucalyptus patio furniture and extend its life.
#1 Protect It From The Elements
The first thing you need to do to extend the life of your patio furniture is to protect it from the elements. Rain, hail, snow and even sunlight can damage your eucalyptus patio furniture over time. Prolonged exposure to the natural elements can result in your eucalyptus furniture cracking, splintering, chipping or even peeling.
If you have a porch that has a roof on it, place your patio furniture under the roof. Although your patio furniture will still be outside, being under cover will help protect it from the most intense weather exposure. If you keep your patio furniture in a location that is not covered, make sure you bring it inside or somewhere safe during the winter months when you will not be using it.
You can also keep your eucalyptus patio furniture safe from the elements by purchasing covers for it that you can easily slip on and off when you want to use your furniture.
Finally, place rubber bottoms or some other type of protective covering on the legs of all your eucalyptus patio furniture. This will protect the legs from resting on wet and damp surfaces that could, over time, rot the wood.
#2 Regularly Wipe It Down
Next, in order to keep your eucalyptus furniture looking nice, use a soft damp cloth to wipe away dust, food and animal droppings from your furniture. You should do this at least once a week whenever your furniture is in use and sitting outside. By proactively removing any debris from your patio furniture, you will protect its surface.
Also, if you ever spot water sitting on your eucalyptus patio furniture, be sure to take a cloth and wipe it down.
#3 Polish It Up With Teak Oil
In order to keep your eucalyptus patio furniture looking shiny and vibrant, apply teak oil to it. Teak oil is a natural preservative that works extremely well on eucalyptus furniture. It keeps the wood moist and helps prevent rotting, cracking and peeling. It can also be used to polish your eucalyptus furniture as well.
If you only set out your patio during the spring and summer, you only need to apply teak oil to your furniture during the months that your furniture is not in storage. If you keep your patio furniture out all year long, you should apply it on a monthly basis.
#4 Seal It Off
In order to ensure that your eucalyptus patio furniture never rots, you should also apply a commercial wood sealer to your furniture at least once a year. This will prevent water from penetrating the surface of your furniture and causing it to rot.
If you follow all of the steps above, your eucalyptus patio furniture should stay in top shape for years to come. In order to extend the life of your eucalyptus furniture, all you really need to do is stay on top of keeping it clean, polished and protected from the elements.
Contact local furniture stores for more information.