Acacia wood or monkey pod wood is commonly used for indoor and outdoor furniture such as kitchenware, tables, flooring, etc. Some species are also utilized for paper products. Acacia is famous for its durability and lastingness. A piece of well-cured acacia furniture will have beautiful brown coffee tones that give elegance and antiqueness to any household. Acacia wood can survive anything! Well, not quite anything, but it’ll definitely hold up to the roughing up that happens from everyday wear, including scratches, bumps, and water exposure. So how long does acacia wood last outdoors? Most furniture sets can last for at least a few decades of use. You can’t beat that when it comes to a return on your investment.
- Practice proper cleaning.
How to care for acacia wood outdoor furniture starts with proper cleaning. Wipe down your furniture often with a damp rag to eliminate dust and prevent dust accumulation. The routine attention to this breathing, living material will help preserve its integrity and eventually avoid drying or cracking.
- Use a gentle soap to clean.
Use products without silicone or ammonia products. These products contain properties that can create dryness in the wood that can eventually lead to cracking. A mild soap, warm water solution will keep your Acacia wood happy.
- Always wash and wipe down wet spots.
If your furniture is located next to the pool resulting in occasional chlorine-rich splashes, gently wash your furniture then wipe dry with a clean cloth. Also, set your furniture with enough distance from heat and avoid direct sunlight.
- Use a preservative product.
You can commonly find boiled linseed oil or tung oil in commercial goods as the base ingredient for oiling outdoor wood furniture for its natural drying properties. Acacia wood’s sensitivity to direct sunlight means that pigmented finishing oil is preferred over transparent, which will provide UV protection.