Monday, November 18, 2013

Cedar Patio Furniture: Clean and Maintain Adirondack Chairs

Cedar Adirondack chairs add beauty to your landscape and have many advantages that other wood furniture cannot provide.  Cedar wood naturally repels insect, decreasing the necessity of using harmful pesticides for pest control. Also, cedar is a lightweight wood and is easy to care for, making it ideal for outdoor furniture. But despite it being lightweight, cedar patio furniture is strong and weather resistant. It has natural oils that act as a preservative to help prevent the wood from decaying and rotting.

Whether you allow your cedar Adirondack chairs to naturally weather to a beautiful silver color or you choose to stain them, these chairs require little maintenance to remain strong and beautiful. Below are some beautiful examples.
Cedar American Forest Adirondack Chair & Footrest Set by Creekvine Designs. With its matching footrest, you will never want to leave the comfort of its wide arm rests. Group this two or three like it to create a casual conversation area.

2 Piece Red Cedar Adirondack Chair with Tripod Table by All Things Cedar. This Adirondack chair includes a stylish tripod table that includes a lower storage shelf. It is constructed of clear grade Western Red Cedar with a finely sanded finish.

Ultimate Adirondack Chair by Cedar Delite. A comfortable lounge chair with adjustable back and leg rest, this Adirondack chair is handcrafted by the finest Canadian Western Red Cedar. Ideal for beaches, lawns and decks, it comes in beautiful Clear Natural finish.

A soft brush and a good wood cleaner are all you need to clean your Adirondack chair should you allow it to weather to a silver color. You can find wood cleaners at your local hardware store that protects the cedar wood while removing fungus, algae, mildew and dirt. You can also just use a mild soap and water solution to clean it as well. But because cedar is a porous wood, it can fade or become discolored in damp climates. If this happens, use a 20% bleach-water solution and scrub the cedar using a soft bristled brush until the stain disappears.
Staining cedar furniture will help maintain its rich, natural dark color. You need a deep penetrating stain with mildew inhibitors and water repellent additives. Staining Adirondack chairs will make cleaning and caring for them as easy as wiping chairs with a damp cloth twice in a week. Painted cedar Adirondack chairs are also easy to clean and maintain. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the painted surface. If there are no instructions, just wipe it down with a damp cloth twice weekly just as you would with a stained chair.
During cold weather months, it is better for your cedar Adirondack chairs to be stored in a shed, garage or storage building. But if you prefer to just cover them or have nowhere to store them in, ensure that the chairs are completely dry before covering. The plastic task should be durable and thick with no openings, rips or tears.

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