Adirondack Chair Maintaining Tips and Guide

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Adirondack chairs are perfect for the summer, as you can lounge back, relax, and sip your drink while taking in the sun. These chairs are great for all seasons, including the autumn as you watch the leaves fall around you.

Adirondack chairs are worth the investment due to their comfort and style, so you want to be sure to take care of them in the best way possible. Below you will find several maintenance tips so that your Adirondack chairs last for your comfort as long as possible. 

Maintaining Tips and Guide


Keep Your Chairs Covered


Make sure you keep your chair covered when it is not in use as well, especially a wooden Adirondack. Wood becomes weathered quickly, especially when sitting in the sun or harsh weather conditions for extended periods. It also expands when it becomes wet, which could ruin the structure of your Adirondack chair over time. Store your chair somewhere that it will stay dry and protected from the harsh lights of the sun. Storing it will ensure that it will last you for years and years without having to replace it very often.

Clean Your Chair


If you have a spill or want to wipe dirt from your chair, use a soft wet towel to wipe it off quickly. Do this right after a spill occurs to prevent stains and deterioration to the wood or other materials that make up the chair. 

Every few weeks, it is best to use a mild soap and warm water on your chair to clean deep stains and set-in dirt. Make sure to wipe off the soap residue quickly so that you do not have mildew growth on your Adirondack. 

Another quick method when considering how to clean your Adirondack is to use a pressure washer. The tool will quickly remove the dirt and buildup that is on your chair.

No matter the method that you choose to clean your chair, be sure to let it air dry completely. Drying your chair will avoid the buildup of mold and mildew as aforementioned when your chair is sitting in a covered space.

Refinish Your Adirondack


It is also imperative that you refinish your Adirondack chair, but how often it occurs is always your decision! Some owners, for instance, prefer the weathered look where there is a bit of fading on the wood. Others, however, want their Adirondack chairs to be in pristine condition at all times. With either choice, though, you should try to refinish your chair at least yearly to protect the structure and the wood on your chair. You can even finish your Adirondack with a mold repellant or a UV protector to avoid the harmful effects of water and the sun. 

No matter the effects the finish you choose has, there are two options available to you to use. These include using paint or using a stain to refinish your chair. There are advantages to each available, however.

Painting, for instance, will protect your chair the most from water and the sun. It is also more customizable, though it may look more unnatural. You do need to reapply paint every year, as it does show more dirt overall. It also takes a bit more work as it does chip easily and requires a more thorough job.

Staining your Adirondack for the finish will last longer than paint. It does protect against the elements that may affect the wood as well. The stain also appears more natural, though there are not as many color options and imperfections that may show in the wood. 

Refinishing with Paint


There are several steps when considering how to refinish your Adirondack chair by using paint. Following these steps will ensure that your chair will last as long as possible. 

  1. Start with the chair upside down.
  2. Wash off the adirondack with water to remove dirt.
  3. Sand down the chair.
  4. Brush away the dust from sanding.
  5. Apply the first coat of paint.
  6. After the first coat has dried, apply the second.
  7. Flip the chair, following the above steps on any exposed area.
  8. Let the chair completely dry.

Refinish  with a Stain


The first thing you should know before refinishing your Adirondack via a stain is to use an oil-based one. Steps are similar to painting your chair, but there are differences between the two.

  1. Sand your chair.
  2. Remove the excess dust from sanding.
  3. Apply a wood conditioner and let it dry.
  4. Brush the stain on in the same direction as the grain.
  5. Let the stain dry, flip the chair and apply the stain to any exposed sections.
  6. Apply a sealant to let the stain set.

Final Verdict


Adirondacks are a fun addition to any backyard, no matter where you live. If you want the ultimate form of relaxation, consider an Adirondack chair for your pleasure while watching the leaves blow-by, the colors change, and blooms starting to come out. It will be well worth it, even with the finishes and cleaning that you should do for these beautiful chairs. Your partner or family member can bring your drinks straight to you while you relax in tranquility in your Adirondack chair. Trust us when we say one of these chairs is well worth it.

About the Author Todd Davis

Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.

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