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Protect your wooden climbing frames!


The first time you bring your Wicken Toys wooden climbing frame home is a proud moment for any parent. You can't imagine until you've experienced it for yourself how joyful your child's face will look when they see their luxurious new wooden fort or slide and swing set.


However, even with a top-of-the-range quality built wooden climbing frame like those from Wicken Toys, years and months of standing outside in the pouring rain or baking sunshine can take its toll.

There's no need to despair though, as there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your new wooden climbing frame from the weather and make sure your kids can enjoy playing with it for years to come. With these simple precautions, your children's favourite plaything will look as stunning and robust now as it did on that very first day you bought it.



So what is this magical method that helps your wooden climbing frame stand up to the harsh British climate?


Actually it's as simple as treating the wooden frame with the right type of wood stain, which will not only increase the longevity of your playtime purchase, but also enhance the natural beauty of the wood for an even more majestic finish. Luckily, right now happens to be the perfect time of year to apply stain to wood given the shifting climate into the wetter, colder Winter season.


Wood staining is a simple process that requires no prior training or experience, all you'll need to do is read up a little on how to go about applying the stain and what kind of stain you need.


The first aspect requires that your wood has been prepared for the stain in advance, so that it will fully absorb it. This means that if your wooden climbing frame has been stained before and needs recoating, you'll need to sand it down with fine sandpaper to remove the last of the previous coating first.

Next, make sure the stain is well mixed and apply to a test piece of wood with an old rag or paintbrush before you start on the actual climbing frame, using circular motions to rub it into the grain. If you're happy with the finish, go ahead and apply the stain to the climbing frame. Once this is complete, wipe down the wood to remove any irregularities in the effect of the stain for a smoother finish and leave to dry. You will also need to set the stain with some form of sealant, though you may wish to avoid polyurethane as it tends to add a yellow tinge.


As for the type of stain used, your choice will depend on a number of different factors, but basically can be broken down into using water based, oil based or gel based stains. For instance, certain woods are more porous than others and so the same type of stain will not give the same finished effect on both types. Additionally, oil based stains may give off potentially harmful fumes and so must be applied in a well ventilated area. The range of colours available in either type of stain may also affect your decision.


The general rule to apply in any case is that if you aren't sure what type of stain is best for you, do your research first by going to the local hardware store for advice or asking Wicken Toys for a recommendation.


Follow these tips and you'll be able to achieve a rich wood finish to your climbing frame that will survive the brutal Winter season and emerge next springtime in the same immaculate condition, ready for another Summer of playtime fun. Contact Us for further information or browse our site.

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