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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Teak Furniture | 4 Easy Steps To Winter Proof Your Outdoor Teak Chairs

by Darlene Jenkins

Your outdoor teak furniture is great during summer when you're lounging around your patio or backyard. But when winter comes, you're probably not going to use it, so you may want to store it away until the next time summer comes once again. Winter proofing your outdoor teak chairs is a great way to retain and protect their original condition, so follow these easy steps.

Clean Your Teak Furniture Thoroughly

Before storing your teak chairs in a garage or shed for the winter, you should ideally clean them thoroughly to remove any residual dirt or grime settled on them. Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a water filled spray bottle. Spray this foamy solution on the chairs and wipe down with a damp cloth. This will remove the dirt, debris and grime that developed on the chairs over summer. Once you finish wiping them down with a damp cloth, rinse them out to remove any soapy solution and dry them using a new, unsaturated cloth. 

Apply Teak Sealer To The Wood

Teak sealer is an excellent solution for protecting the natural oils present in teak wood. This application will ensure that your teak chairs retain their attractive colour without turning grey or discoloured during the cold winter months. Teak sealer also protects from moisture to prevent the growth of mould and mildew, while your teak furniture is stored in your garage or shed during winters. You can purchase teak sealer from any home improvement store for application. Let the sealer dry before you cover your teak chairs and store them away for winter.

Cover Your Teak Furniture  

Once you have let the teak sealer dry, cover the teak chairs with a large, breathable cloth. Avoid wrapping chairs in plastic because this will cause moisture to get trapped inside, which could end up warping the teak. A breathable cloth will protect your teak chairs from harmful weather elements during winter, while allowing the wood inside to breathe easily. The cloth should seal up tightly around the edges and legs of the chair, so that it doesn't come undone. This ensures that your teak furniture remains in good condition throughout winter.

Place Chairs Inside A Garage Or Shed

While teak furniture is sturdy enough to remain outside in winter, the fact remains that it's always safer indoors. This is because heavy rains and winds lashing against teak chairs could potentially cause damage, which will end up being expensive for you later. To avoid this, simply place your covered chairs inside to protect them from any possible damage.

For more information, contact The Teak Place or a similar company.