Caring for Acacia & Eucalyptus Outdoor Furniture

Acacia and Eucalyptus outdoor furniture have become more and more popular throughout the years for its upscale finish that is budget-conscious. Now that your patio is looking pristine with the right cushion colors against the beautiful sectional. The focal point of your space looks exactly like how you imagined it. But how do you maintain it, seasons and years later, to look as it did on day 1? Read on for tips and tricks to retain those special Acacia and Eucalyptus wood properties.


Acacia Wood 

Homeowners appreciate Acacia wood for its durability to last for decades and the density, scratch resistance, and surface hardness properties long after it’s been processed and shaped. It’s also a sustainable product with over 1,300 different variations making it widely accessible and eco-friendly. The versatility in grain patterns, like our Catania Picnic Set, is second to none and can even give a lighter, natural material look than teak. However, Acacia wood does require a bit of maintenance, but with proper treatment, your furniture will keep its rich color throughout the seasons.

  • Avoid pressure cleaning - Wipe down your furniture frequently with a damp rag to remove dust and prevent dust accumulation. The routine attention to this breathing, living material will help preserve its integrity and prevent drying or cracking over time.
  • Clean with mild soap - Use products without silicone or ammonia products. These products contain properties that can create dryness in the wood that can eventually lead to cracking. A mild soap, warm water solution will keep your Acacia wood happy. 
  • Wash and wipe down wet spots – If your furniture is placed next to the pool resulting in occasional chlorine-rich splashes, gently wash down your furniture then wipe dry with a clean towel. 
  • Place your furniture with enough distance from heat and avoid direct sunlight where possible
  • Use a preservative product – Boiled linseed oil or tung oil is most commonly found in commercial products as the base ingredient for oiling outdoor wood furniture for its natural drying properties. Acacia wood’s sensitivity to direct sunlight means that pigmented finishing oil is preferred over clear, which will provide UV protection. 

 

Eucalyptus Wood

Eucalyptus wood is popular with furniture buyers for its rot- and decay-resistant oils found throughout the wood, which blocks moisture from damage and wood bulging. This durable wood is also resistant to insects that are often floating around in warmer climates and termites. With over 600 variations, Eucalyptus wood offers many unique, attractive finishes, like our Puglia collection and Amalfi collection, while also being incredibly eco-friendly and low-maintenance. Take these easy, simple care steps to keep your living pieces of wood furniture happy.  

  • Spot clean as soon as possible - Whether it’s animal droppings, food, or standing water, catching and cleaning those areas as soon as you spot them will prevent any permanent stains or discoloration. 
  • Regularly wipe and clean - Use a soft bristle brush to remove dust and dirt, then clean with mild soap and a soft cloth regularly. Remove any substances you may have forgotten to immediately spot clean at the time of hosting.
  • Use a preservative product –  Always test your oil in a smaller, discreet area before applying on all your furniture to make sure it does not change or create a darker appearance than intended. Eucalyptus wood responds well to teak oil and linseed oil, which will penetrate into the fibers and avoid dryness. 
  • Use an optional protective product – Though not always necessary because Eucalyptus wood has natural properties, which prevent the wood from rotting, furniture owners enjoy giving their pieces an extra layer of protection from various weather conditions. Apply a few even, thin layers of eco-friendly, non-toxic wood sealant with proper drying or soaking time between coats.

 

General TLC Tips

  • Prevention goes a long way – Invest in furniture covers that are all-around weather-resistant from sun and rain damage. The few minutes you take to cover your furniture make the difference between keeping outdoor furniture a year or many years. If you’ve washed down or oiled your furniture, give it ample drying time prior to putting furniture covers over. 
  • If you can spare space, store your furniture indoors when you’re not using it for long periods of time in the shed or garage. 

  • Purchasing outdoor furniture is an investment for your living space. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with proper care techniques, routine maintenance will become easier over the years. Taking a little bit of time to care for your furniture will protect your investment and keep it looking its best. 

    -Zody from Essen


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