First off lets be clear that Caring for Exterior Lawn and Patio Furniture is not created equal.
We recently had the opportunity to refinish Teak exterior furniture as well as a few cedar wood benches purchased from a big box store and believe me, you often get what you pay for.
Teak furniture requires yearly washing as well as a penetrating oil to be applied. We often spray the oil but then take a brush and brush the oil into the furniture working it into the grain. Hand brushing only is adequate in most cases but sometimes the smaller areas or if you have multiple pieces of furniture spraying is an option.
please note: if spraying always back brush.
Take example a set of Teak furniture purchased for $ 1,200 which includes 6 chairs and a table would cost approximately $ 500.00 a year to maintain.
Maintaining the furniture would include:
If you see Teak furniture that ha greyed and is rough to the touch it has not been cared for and the life span of the furniture will be drastically shortened.
Vinyl lawn furniture and PVC Furniture (Azek now makes furniture also)\
These are the easiest to maintain. Usually a low pressure power washer will do the trick. While we always use a detergent mixture for these types of furniture sometimes a small amount of bleach will assist with the cleaning and brightening.
As you can see in the picture this bench has been hiding in the shade in a moist area for some time. To bring this back to life we power washed with a detergent and multiple slow passes with a medium setting on our power washer but soon found to have wood rot at its joint so we decided to not refurbish it. This picture was taken prior to any work being performed.
Ron Ramsden owner