After what seems like years of deliberation and decisions on what table to purchase, you have settled on purchasing a brand new cypress table. And with this beautiful quality investment, you want to make sure that you get the most use of it for years to come.
You chose to buy a cypress table because it is one of the hardest woods available on the market, and naturally resistant to bugs, rot, and fungus. Your table is also one of the cleanest renewable materials you can buy on the market, as it never bleeds oils or sap. Having so much in a single patio furniture investment means you want to get the most life out of it, at whatever costs necessary.
Purchasing a cypress table is one of the best things you can buy for your patio, as the natural colors will naturally compliment the rest of your patio furniture. But why not camouflage it as a natural member of the rest of your patio furniture, as well as give it an extra layer of protection? Knowing how to do this is the missing step between natural glory and piecing all of your patio furniture together.
The easy way to make sure you get the longest life out of your cypress table is to seal the wood with a wood sealant, varnish, or paint. By using any of these options, you are adding another chemically-bonded agent that adds a big layer of protection to the wood of your table, adding to the natural protection cypress provides. Using one will give your table another layer of sealing, keeping everything bad out, and sealing the good wood inside.
Many stains, sealants, and varnishes that are appropriate for your cypress table are reinforced with urethane, which protects the wood from everything that could possibly attack. Many paints also come reinforced with many different types of compounds, which also serve as a protective barrier between the outdoors and you. This finish will protect the natural beauty and shine of the wood that can be re-accessed by simply sanding down the wood. The sealing process also helps to keep the table clean by laying down a non-stick surface, which can be cleaned by simply wiping off what may besmirch it.
Regardless of the hodgepodge of patio furniture that comes with your patio, many people insist on keeping the natural beauty of a non-finished cypress table. There’s nothing wrong with being a deck furniture purist; there are ways to take care of it that will provide beauty and protection for years to come. To keep its natural golden shine, use a clear, oil-based varnish to bring out the color. The varnish will be quick to take to the wood, as the cypress will accept it as if it were natural. Varnish will not only protect your table from bugs, moisture, and the rest of the elements, but it will also protect from the graying that will occur after constant exposure in the sun.
By knowing how to take care of your cypress table, you will be taking care of an investment that will be enjoyed by all for years to come. And by knowing how each and every one works, you are investing in the care of a product that will give you years upon years of beautiful enjoyment.
Joe Cortez is a freelance writer with diverse interests including home and garden, outdoor furniture and backyard living, who enjoys his own cypress table. As a media professional, his work has been featured on CNN, The CBS Evening News, and provided work for ABC News as well. He currently writes for In Style Patio