Protecting Wooden Garden Furniture with ClearSpell Covers

Protecting your expensive wooden garden furniture is not only about maintaining the cosmetic appearance of the furniture, you have to take precautions to maintain the inner structural integrity of the wood. In other words, you have to prevent rot, mildew, cracks, splits, sagging, warping, drying out and fading. The best quality wooden garden furniture is usually made from cypress, cedar, white oak, mahogany, teak, acacia or redwood. While these types of wood are naturally weather-resistant, they are not indestructible and outdoor furniture is under constant assault from the weather and need to be protected.


Your first line of defence against the elements is a good quality sealer, which could vary from oil to varnish, stains, plastic sealants, latex paint, or water-repellent preservative, depending on your preference and décor, and the sealer needs to be reapplied at appropriate intervals, from once or even twice a year, to every three years, depending on the amount of exposure to the weather.

However, the weather is constantly attacking your furniture, whether rain, sun, wind, sleet, snow, heat or cold. For the ultimate protection, ClearSpell garden furniture covers will safeguard your furniture from the ultraviolet rays of the sun with a 50+ UV rating; from rain, because it is 100% waterproof; from scuff marks, because it is a soft material; from the wind, because you can easily fit them with zip locks and rip-stop security ties, preventing them from flapping about in strong winds; from mildew and wood-rot, because if properly fitted the wood can still breathe and no moisture can collect in crevices; from drying out, because it keeps the direct sun and warm winds away from the wood; and they also protect the sealant, with much longer periods between resealing the wood. Also, remember that the cushions are not weather resistant and need to be protected by a cover.

With a market-leading 5-year guarantee, you know that ClearSpell covers will help you keep your wooden garden furniture looking pristine for year. Especially after prolonged periods of being covered (such as winter) it is advisable to clean your wooden garden furniture with a mild soap solution, or Scotchbright to remove any mould or mildew that might have appeared. Also, brush out any mildew or mould that may have formed in any joints or crevices. This will help the sealant last much longer. Remember to sterilise or disinfect your cleaning tools and cloths before and after cleaning, to prevent spreading spores.

Also important to remember is to ensure your wooden furniture can breathe when covered for long periods. Use a shedder frame to prevent pools of water forming in the centre and to keep the covers from direct contact with large surfaces such as table tops, bench or chair seats, which could trap moisture between the cover and the wood surface.

Sometimes you might cover your wooden furniture for the entire winter and even put it into storage under shelter, but mostly we want to use the furniture on warmer days and don’t want to spend hours removing and replacing covers. ClearSpell covers can quickly and easily be removed by one person. You also don’t want to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning your covers. ClearSpell covers are fully washable or can be wiped down with a wet rag or shaken out to remove dust. When the covers are not in use, they can be neatly stored away in their own carry bag.

ClearSpell covers are made from an attractive woven-fabric polyester and come in tungsten, so your wooden garden furniture looks good even when covered. We have a ClearSpell cover for all the different types and sizes of wooden furniture. Large square or rectangular covers can be used in conjunction with a shedder frame when grouping the furniture together.

Please check ClearSpell’s buyers guide if you need help working out what size and shape wooden garden furniture covers you require. For best advice Click here