How to Keep Wood Furniture Safe During Rainy Season
Wooden furniture is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, but it is also quite delicate. If you have wooden furniture that you keep on your patio, then you will need to make sure that you protect it during the rainy season.
Usually, your furniture will have been stained or painted, and this will protect it from the elements to an extent, however the type of paint or stain that you choose will make a difference. Water-based paints, for example, won’t really offer much protection, but latex or oil based paints like those that are used for teak wood living room furniture will be better, and water-resistant varnishes and stains can help to prevent your wooden furniture from soaking up too much moisture, and warping in the wet weather.
However, to truly keep the furniture looking good for as long as possible, you will need to clean the wood and then oil or wax it. Oil and wax are both water-repellent, so they will form a seal that will keep the water away from the wood itself, and also give it a nice sheen that will last throughout the rainy season.
Even furniture that is kept inside can get a bit damaged during the rainy season because of the fluctuations in humidity. Make sure that you keep furniture away from the walls, so that it can ‘breathe’. If you push wooden furniture against the wall, then it will naturally try to soak up any moisture or dampness from the wall.
Don’t leave furniture in damp environments. Bring anything that can be moved inside, and if anything is left outside try to make sure that water can run off the ground away from it. Standing water isn’t just bad for whatever is exposed to it, it also tends to attract insects and other pests.
A good humidifier can keep the humidity level in your home stable, which will stop furniture kept indoors from suffering too much because of the damp.
With good care and maintenance, if you keep your furniture clean, avoid standing water, and weather-treat anything outside (fences, patio floors, garden tables and chairs, etc) then you should find that it will last for many years.
If you notice any damage, try to fix it immediately. It’s easier to replace one rotten section of board than to let the problem progress until the entire set of furniture goes bad, and then end up having to replace the whole thing.