Don’t you just love spending the summer out back on your porch sipping sweet tea, relaxing in your Adirondack chair and listening to your favourite tunes? Or watching your spouse rake leaves during fall while you enjoy the fall colors blooming around you from the comfort of a cozy chair? Sounds like heaven to us. However you like to use your Adirondack chair one thing is for certain – it’s one of the best investments you’ll make.
But like all good investments you’ll want to make sure that you take good care of your Adirondack chair. While The Best Adirondack Chair provides chairs that are made to last in outdoor environments and are naturally rot and insect resistant, that doesn’t mean that regular maintenance isn’t necessary.
How Do You Clean Your Chair?
Cleaning with a soft brush and quality wood cleaner will work just fine on your Adirondack chair once a year. However, every couple of weeks you’ll want to use a mild soap, cloth, and warm water to clean your chair from the dust and dirt of being outdoors. Once you’re done spreading soapy water across the surface of your chair, rinse the soap off with warm water so it doesn’t form a soapy film on the chair. If you plan on adding a finish to the chair make sure the surface of the chair is completely dry.
In the event that you spill something on your chair, you should wipe the spill right away to ensure it will look new for years to come. If your wood chair is left unstained you’ll notice over time that the grain may begin to lift up, you can remedy this issue by sanding the surface to make it smooth again.
You’ll also want to get a small amount of Cetol 1 by Sikken to touch up your finished chair once a year (the springtime is usually your best bet). Just remember that it doesn’t have to be put on perfectly because you are simply refreshing the finish of the chair. This will ensure your finish lasts much longer and only takes a few minutes to clean each spring.
How Often Should You Refinish?
This really depends on your personal preference. We provide dark red Adirondack chairs that have been richly stained, chairs finished with a light treatment, and even untreated chairs. Untreated chairs typically weather to a grey-ish color due to the elements but the integrity of the wood isn’t compromised. However, if you rather your chairs stay looking like new then a finish that has a high UV protection rating is your best choice. No matter whether you choose finished or unfinished, you have to ensure that you clean your chair at least once a year.
While we choose Western red cedar specifically because it holds up so well outdoors, even in the harshest weather conditions a little maintenance never hurts. Just remember, your beautiful Adirondack chair doesn’t need much maintenance, just a little wash every few weeks and once a year a touch up on the finish. For more information about maintaining the finish on your chair check out our product care page.