We finally had a weekend that felt like spring! I swear our winter was more mild than our spring has been. Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we had today, I decided to get started on the swing that I was asked to restore. Since the wood on it was weather-beaten, it desperately needed a cleaning before I could do anything with it.
Although weathered wood seems to be in high demand, there are some instances where it’s just not ideal. This swing, if not restored, may not have lasted another year exposed to the elements. It also made it look a little drab.
I don’t have a pressure washer, so I made a quick trip to Home Depot and picked up some Behr Premium All-In-One wood cleaner. It was exactly what I needed.
Following the instructions on the label, I wet down the wood with the hose and sprayed the cleaner all over, starting from the bottom of each section and working my way up to help avoid streaks. After letting it sit for about ten minutes, I scrubbed the wood using a stiff-bristled brush and then rinsed.
This is what it looked like after it dried…
I have to admit I was pretty impressed.
Here’s a close up…
Once it dried even more, I sanded it down to smooth out the raised grain caused by the cleaner and the water.
Now the weathered wood looks almost new again, and I’m ready to finish it off with some stain and a protective coat to help give it a few more years of use.