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How to Care for Acacia Wood Outdoor Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Acacia is a durable and attractive hardwood that is often used to make outdoor furniture. When properly treated with a weatherproof finish, acacia patio furniture can survive the elements for years or even decades. To keep your acacia furniture beautiful for the duration, take time out to provide the pieces with the little bit of maintenance that they require. And when patio season is over, store them indoors under a waterproof cover to keep them protected until next spring.

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  1. Hose down acacia furniture that is located near a pool or hot tub once weekly. Accumulated chlorine from treated pool water eats away at the furniture's weather-resistant finish over time.

  2. Clean your furniture twice annually. Use a soap solution (1 tbsp of liquid dish-washing detergent diluted in 1 quart of water is fine) and a scrub brush. Rinse twice and towel dry when you are done.

  3. Wipe the furniture dry after rain, and wipe up any liquid that is spilt onto the furniture.

  4. Place waterproof covers over your acacia furniture when it is not in use. Acacia wood is quite sensitive to moisture, even humidity in the air. When the furniture is moist, the wood cells expand and can cause the furniture to buckle and swell.

  5. Tip

    Keep your acacia outdoor furniture off the grass as much as possible. Contact with the soil will cause chair and table legs to decay prematurely.

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Things You'll Need

  • Waterproof cover
  • Liquid detergent soap
  • Water
  • Scrub brush
  • Hose

About the Author

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.

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