How to restore a garden bench
Bring your garden bench back to life with this simple guide.
Well-kept furniture makes a garden more inviting, but the outdoor life can be tough. Moisture can lead to rotting and ultraviolet (UV) rays can bleach the natural colour of the wood. But with a little care you can revive that natural glory and have a wooden bench that lasts for many more summers to come.
Here’s what you need
To clean and re-stain the bench:
To replace any old slats:
Slates cut to size
Step 1: clean the wood
To see what you’re working with, you’ll need to give the bench a good scrub down – get rid of any algae and dirt by washing it with a scrubbing brush and very hot soapy water. Once it’s dry, you’ll be able to see if rot has set in.
Step 2: replace dead wood
If a bench has been left untreated for too long, there may be some slats that can’t be saved. If the wood flakes away or crumbles when pressed, it needs replacing. Unscrew any fixings and replace the slats with similar wood cut to size.
Step 3: restore and revive
Once your wood is dry, apply a wood restorer[LINK:product] liberally and see the original glory slowly return. Then work it into the surface with a mildly abrasive scrubbing pad – similar to those used for a washing up. Let it work away for up to 15 minutes, then wash it off with plenty of cold water. Then very lightly sand to remove any residue.
Step 4: wax on
Now apply a protective topcoat[LINK: product] to keep things glowing for years to come. Some wood oils contain wax for added protection against water and sunlight.