Fully clean the wood with biocidal cleaner and apply an undercoat wood preservative to protect against woodworm and rot. If you’d like to give your outdoor wood a new look, stain the wood to a vivid colour or subtle tint. Finishes seal the wood from moisture, rain and (with some finishes) uv radiation.
Preserving old wood can be a tricky but rewarding endeavor. Not only does it allow you to keep a piece of history, but it also gives you a unique piece to incorporate into your home. With the right supplies and techniques, you can preserve old wood and keep it looking as good as new.
The first step to preserving old wood is to clean it. Dust, dirt, and other debris can easily accumulate on wood over time, so it is important to gently clean the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water. Be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning tools, as these can damage the wood.
Once the wood is clean, you’ll need to inspect it for any damage. Look for cracks, splits, and other signs of wear. If the wood is in good condition, you can move on to the next step. If not, you may need to repair any damage before continuing.
Once the wood is clean and in good condition, you’ll need to sand it. Start with a coarse grit sandpaper and work your way up to a fine grit, taking care to sand evenly. This will help remove any imperfections and give you a smooth surface to work with.