How Do You Refresh Outdoor Wood Furniture?

Outdoor wood furniture is a great way to spruce up your outdoor living space. Whether you have a porch, patio, or deck, the right furniture can make it feel like a second home. However, over time outdoor wood furniture can start to look worn and faded. The good news is that you don’t have to replace it, you can refresh it yourself!

1. Cleaning:

The first step in refreshing outdoor wood furniture is cleaning it. Start by using a mild detergent and warm water to remove any dirt or grime that has accumulated on the surface of the wood. Make sure to scrub in the direction of the grain so as not to damage the wood. If there are any stains from spills or weather damage, use a soft brush and some baking soda paste to gently remove them.



Once the furniture is clean and dry, sand down any areas that are rough or have splintering wood with sandpaper. It’s important to use the correct grit paper for your type of wood so as not to damage it further. Once sanded down, wipe away any dust with a damp cloth.

3. Staining:

If your outdoor furniture has become dull and faded over time, staining can help restore its original color and luster. Choose an outdoor stain that is designed for your type of wood and apply according to instructions on the container. Be sure to let the stain dry completely before moving on.

4. Sealing:

Sealing your outdoor wood furniture will help protect it from weather damage such as rain and snow as well as UV rays from the sun which can cause fading over time. Choose a sealant that is designed for outdoor use and apply according to instructions on container.


Refreshing outdoor wood furniture doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive – all you need is some simple cleaning supplies, sandpaper, stain, and sealant! Start by cleaning your furniture with mild detergent and warm water then sand down any rough areas before staining and sealing it off for protection against weather damage.

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Jennifer Watson