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How To Restore Your Garden Furniture

21 April 2021


Keep your garden tables and chairs looking perfect this summer. A few of the things you may need to restore your garden furniture include:

  • Sandpaper
  • Pressure washer
  • Rags  
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Wood preserver
  • Paint brush
  • Steel wool
  • Anti-rust treatment
  • Metal paint 
  • Protective covers

Over time, metal, rattan and wooden garden furniture can collect excess dirt and fall victim to wear and tear. 

A little TLC can lift your whole garden - so why not make the most of the summer and restore your garden furniture while there’s still time to really enjoy it? Here’s what you’ll need.


Along with a good stiff bristle brush, sandpaper can take off discoloured surface layers and stuck-on grime to reveal fresh, clean wood beneath.

B&M Top Tip: Removing paint with sandpaper alone can be really tough. Why not try some paint and varnish stripper too?

Pressure washer

If the dirt is a little more stubborn, you might need a pressure washer! It produces a strong jet of water to blast away muck, so be careful!

B&M Top Tip: Don’t pressure wash delicate items like rattan furniture, as it will damage them. Try mould and mildew remover for a gentler approach.


Leftover fabric comes in really handy when restoring furniture. It’s great for wiping down surfaces or applying finishes like teak oil and furniture stain to chairs, tables and decking.

B&M Top Tip: You can also pick up great cleaning cloths for very low prices.


A chunky sponge works wonders with warm soapy water to wash away grime from any surface - wood, metal, glass, plastic or otherwise.


Don’t forget your bucket - it’s the most handy way to carry around warm water for cleaning. You can also use it as a container to easily remove scraped off debris.

Wood preserver

Treat hardwood garden furniture with wood preserver after it’s been cleaned, otherwise it will deteriorate again in no time.

B&M Top Tip: Cuprinol outdoor paints incorporate wood preserver and weatherproofing for a fix-all treatment.

Paint brush

Make sure to get hold of some great brushes - whether you’re planning on painting, varnishing, oiling or applying wood preserver.

Always use paint that has been designed for outdoor spaces.

B&M Top Tip: For larger surfaces, you’ll get a quicker, smoother finish using a roller and extension pole.

Steel wool

Steel wool is perfect for removing rust and grime from metal. Wear tough gloves for this, as it can be hard on the fingers and nails.

Anti-rust treatment

Always apply anti-rust treatment to metal furniture once you’ve cleaned it. This will leave it looking perfect for far longer.

Metal paint 

To change the colour of your range of garden tables and chairs, simply clean them, remove rust and apply a few coats of your favourite outdoor metal paint.

Protective covers

Of course, you’ll want your furniture to stay looking perfect for as long as possible. Get hold of some protective waterproof covers to keep the rain and dirt off your handiwork.

So there you have it! Depending on the type of furniture you own, don’t forget to use sandpaper, a pressure washer, rags, sponges, buckets, wood preserver, paint brushes, steel wool, anti-rust treatment, metal paint and protective covers to achieve the best effect.

B&M Top Tip: Looking for something new? Browse our range of beautiful garden furniture right here.

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