How to Properly Care for your Adirondack Chairs and Outdoor Furniture

I get asked this question all the time.  Customers want to know how to maintain their cedar Adirondack Chairs..and that makes sense.  You can easily add years to the life of the chairs.

I always recommend, if you can, to bring them in during the winter months when not in use.  Up here in Seattle, that’s a good 4 months of pure cloudy-ness and wet-ness.  If you don’t have a place to store them, I would recommend at least stacking them and putting a tarp or cover over them.  They can stack by flipping one chair over and placing the arm on top of the other arm so that the top of the back slat is toward the ground.

If you do put a tarp over them, there will be some mold on the chairs.  Soap and water should clean that right up…that is a good Spring weekend project.  If you have unfinished chairs you can power wash them, just make sure not to get too close to the wood with the nozzle.  And of course a good sanding with 120 grit sand paper can do some good.  Save you from splinters!


If you have finished Adirondack chairs…refinishing is another post..stay tuned!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Luke Rasmus


L.R. Woodworking



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