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How to Restore Sun-Faded Furniture

Sun faded wooden bench in someone's backyard

Everyone loves a good backyard oasis! If you’ve spent years gathering a collection of patio furniture to complete your relaxing outdoor space, you want to make sure it lasts.

However, the reality is, all outdoor furniture is susceptible to all the elements; especially the sun. Wood patio furniture, in particular, can fade, darken, or crack when constantly exposed to harmful UV rays.

Let’s dive into how you can protect your outdoor furniture from sun damage and what you can do to restore sun-faded furniture back to its original look.

Protecting Your Outdoor Furniture from Sun Damage

Here are our top three tips for protecting your outdoor furniture from sun damage:

Furniture Covers

The very simple solution is to cover your wood furniture when you’re not using it. Making a habit of covering your furniture, not only protects it from sun damage but from unexpected weather like rain or thunderstorms.

We recommend investing in furniture covers that are made with material that is designed to protect against UV rays. If you just opt to use spare fabric or tarps you have lying around, they won’t actually protect against sun damage.

Cover Your Patio

Add shade to your patio by using umbrellas, patio covers, sail shades, curtains, and more. Shading your patio also provides you with a more comfortable outdoor experience, so it’s a win-win situation!

Protective Wood Treatments

One final way we recommend protecting wood furniture from sun damage is using a protective wood oil. Wood oils that are water- and plant-based offer protection against UV rays and other elements.

If you’re not sure which product is right to use on your outdoor furniture, contact our team! We’ll be able to help you find a product that will work for the specific type of wood furniture you have.

How Professionals Restore Sun-Damaged Furniture

Our professional process for restoring sun-faded furniture includes cleaning and stripping the wood, inspecting the wood, staining or re-painting, and then sealing the wood to finish.

To clean the furniture, we remove any built-up dirt or stains before continuing with the rest of the restoration process. Once clean, we strip the wood of shellac, sealant, or paint. If we’re dealing with an antique piece, our team has the right experience and tools needed to preserve as much of the original finish as possible and still achieve a consistent finish.

Before applying the new stain or paint, our team will inspect the wood and fix any loose pieces. To complete the restoration project, we will carefully stain or paint the wood with the proper product meant for the wood we’re working with. To provide the furniture piece with an extra layer of protection, we use a sealant.

Outdoor Furniture Restoration Services in Ottawa

Berube Kitchen & Furniture Restoration is Ottawa’s trusted expert for giving your antique, timeless, or contemporary pieces a new look!

Our team of furniture restoration specialists takes great care in the work we provide to our clients. We strive to provide you with the best results in a timely manner. We can restore your tables, chairs, cabinets, and other furniture for a fresh, updated look or get them back to looking as good as new.

We also offer upholstery repair services. If you have any wood patio furniture that has upholstered cushions that have faded from sun exposure, we can replace that too!

If you have sun-damaged, outdoor furniture, you can count on us! Contact our team to learn more about how we can help you restore your furniture.


We Are Dedicated to Restoring Your Cabinetry & Furniture. How Can Berube Help You?

Whether you have a single piece of furniture (such as a chair that needs repair or a table that longs for refinishing) or a whole kitchen or bathroom, we are here to help. Count on our expertise and experience in furniture restoration and repair. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll get back in touch to discuss in further detail. It is our pleasure to serve and help you.