Northern White and Western Red
Cedar are ideal for many indoor and outdoor furniture uses. A fine grained wood,
cedar is durable and naturally resistant to rot and insects. Cedar can be left
unfinished, or it can be stained or painted to match your decor.
Untreated Western Red and
Northern White Cedar will weather to a soft silver gray over time.
Untreated cedar is natural and pleasant in appearance, but over
time may discolor if left in
damp or shaded areas.
Applying a mild solution of household bleach and
water preceded by washing with a mild detergent and water will usually remove
the stain, sometimes completely. Allow the bleach solution to
remain on the surface for a brief period, but do not allow to dry.
Rinse well and place in a well ventilated area to dry. Even after years of exposure, cedar can be restored
to its natural bright clean appearance.
Cedar is a soft wood and as such should not be pressure washed as
the wood fibers can be irreversibly damaged.
If you opt to stain your cedar
furniture, there are a wide variety of penetrating stains
available at hardware and home centers. We
recommend using a product formulated to enhance the
natural beauty of the wood and keep it looking that way.
Some stains contain water repellant additives and mildew
inhibitors. Penetrating stains go into the wood without forming a
surface film. This eliminates the problems of blistering and
peeling of painted surfaces as the wood can absorb and release
moisture. They work well on wood with knots and
deep surface texture. Whichever stain you choose, always follow the manufacturer's directions for
If you decide to paint cedar, the
natural color and grain of the wood will be concealed. So many
great colors are now available to accent your decor. Follow the directions
on the manufacturer's product for the best application methods.