As we approach the Winter months it’s time to make the most of the weather breaks when they come and think about the protection of your wooden climbing frame.
When you first purchase a wooden climbing frame from Wicken Toys it can be a fantastic experience, seeing your childrens’ joy as they see their new wooden fort constructed for play!
However, with any top quality wooden climbing frame you will want to ensure that you maintain the quality of the timber for longevity. This is particularly relevant if you’ve got younger children coming up the ranks.
Pouring rain and hot sunshine can both have impact on your wooden climbing frame but with a few of our tips we can teach you how to look after your outdoor toy for years to come.
To look after your wooden climbing frame you just need the right type of wood stain as this will not only enhance the beauty of the wood but make sure that all those pesky weather conditions don’t damage anything.
Wood staining of your wooden climbing frame is actually a very simple process and requires no prior training or experience – just common sense and a bit of planning.
If you’ve stained your climbing frame before then it’s really straightforward. You will need to sand the wood down with some fine sandpaper to remove any residue from the previous stain and then re-apply.
If you haven’t applied anything to the wood, then a dry day and moderate temperature are all that you need to apply your wood stain to your frame.
In both scenarios here, it’s important to ensure that your stain is well mixed and that you apply it to a test piece of wood before applying to the frame itself. If you’re happy with the result (best check the colour when it dries) then you are ready to apply it to your climbing frame.
As you apply your stain, make sure you get right into the grain of the wood to ensure optimum coverage and once complete, you may wish to wipe the wood down to remove any oddities in the effect of the stain itself.
Once the stain is dry then it’s best to apply a form of sealant to it, just to ensure it has the best protection possible. Something like polyurethanes should be avoided as they will give the frame a yellow tinge so shop around for a better solution.
You can use a number of stains for your wooden climbing frame including water based, oil and even gel based stains. It’s best to check as to what the wood is before making the decision though as some woods will be more porous than others so you may get different finishes depending on what you’re staining.
We want you and your children to enjoy their Wicken climbing frame so by following our easy steps you can enjoy your outdoor toy for the long-term!