How to Care For Your Cedar Furniture
While many people let their cedar furniture naturally age to a silver-gray finish, if you want to keep the rich colors of the wood looking new - you can - here's how.
Stains bring out the natural beauty of the cedar. In our furniture, we use an oil base, semi-transparent stain to bring out the wood's natural hues.
To keep your furniture looking rich in color, you can periodically restain it. We recommend applying two coats of stain during the first 12 months of ownership. It is important that your piece of fine furniture is thoroughly dry before doing this. Bring the furniture out of any wet or damp weather for at least a week before re-staining. You can apply the stain with a sprayer, cloths rag or brush. Let the wood soak up the stain. Apply the stain very liberally. Make sure to wipe off excess drips, especially on the underside.
No matter the type of stain you use, you'll need to restain periodically. After your first year, we recommend re-staining at least once a year. The best time to do this is in the spring or summer.
We don't advocate one stain over another as being better. If for some reason you don't like the results of the brand we use, by all means try another one. (Please keep in mind though, we cannot foresee the consequences of mixing brands.)
Your results will vary depending on your surroundings; if you leave or store your furniture under anything that water can drip off of (trees, decks, awnings, porches, stairs) you may get staining or water spots as a result. Also, never cover your wood furniture with covers or tarps as this will invite mold or mildew. Wood must be able to breath or have good air circulation.
Getting rid of Mold or Mildew
You may (depending on your climate) get mold or mildew on your furniture. You can get rid of it with 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Use cloth rags or a very soft bristle brush. If you use a brush, make sure you don't scratch the surface of your furniture. After applying this mixture, rinse thoroughly and let the furniture air dry, out of weather for up to a week, then you can restain.
The beauty of the woods in your Cedar furniture can remain rich and vibrant for years with proper care.