Step-by-Step Guide to Refurbishing Old Wood Adirondack Chairs & Patio Furniture

Proper maintenance and cleaning of your stained wood Adirondack furniture will ensure its longevity and keep it looking great for years to come.

With summer just around the corner, it's the perfect time to get your older furniture ready for outdoor use. Follow this simple step-by-step process to clean and maintain your Adirondack chairs and other wooden outdoor furniture.

I would like to note that if you don't want to do all this work, you could just buy new Adirondack Chairs and Patio Sets and we will build them, stain them, and ship them to you in time for Summer. 


Materials Needed:

  1. Mild soap (such as dish soap)
  2. Warm water
  3. Soft-bristle brush
  4. Clean, dry, lint-free cloth
  5. Wood cleaner (optional)
  6. Sandpaper (120- and 220-grit)
  7. Wood stain or sealer
  8. Paintbrush or staining pad
  9. Drop cloth or plastic sheets
  10. Rubber gloves
  11. Protective eyewear


Step 1: Prepare the Furniture Start by removing any cushions, pillows, or other accessories from your Adirondack furniture. Place the furniture on a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect your work surface.

Step 2: Clean the Wood Mix a solution of mild soap and warm water. Dip a soft-bristle brush in the solution and gently scrub the surface of the furniture, paying close attention to any crevices or grooves. If your furniture is particularly dirty or has mildew, consider using a specialized wood cleaner. Rinse the furniture thoroughly with clean water and let it dry completely.

Step 3: Inspect the Furniture Check the furniture for any loose screws, bolts, or other hardware. Tighten as necessary. Inspect the wood for any signs of damage, such as cracks, splits, or rot. Repair or replace any damaged pieces as needed.

Step 4: Sand the Surface Lightly sand the entire surface of the furniture with 120-grit sandpaper, following the grain of the wood. This will help remove any dirt or rough spots and will create a smooth surface for staining. After sanding, wipe the furniture down with a clean, dry cloth to remove any dust.

Step 5: Apply the Stain or Sealer Put on rubber gloves and protective eyewear. Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply a thin, even coat of wood stain or sealer to the furniture using a paintbrush or staining pad. Make sure to cover all surfaces, including the undersides and any hidden areas. Allow the stain or sealer to dry according to the manufacturer's recommended drying time.

Step 6: Lightly Sand and Apply a Second Coat (Optional) For added protection and durability, you may want to apply a second coat of stain or sealer. If doing so, lightly sand the furniture again using 220-grit sandpaper and wipe it down with a clean, dry cloth. Apply the second coat following the same process as in Step 5. Allow the stain or sealer to dry completely before using the furniture.

Step 7: Reassemble and Enjoy Once your furniture is dry, reattach any hardware, cushions, or accessories you removed in Step 1. Your stained wood Adirondack furniture is now clean, refreshed, and ready for summer use. Enjoy your outdoor space!


Regular cleaning and maintenance of your stained wood Adirondack furniture will not only keep it looking great but also help prolong its life. Follow these steps at least once a year, or as needed, to ensure your furniture remains in top condition for many summers to come.

And don't forget, you can always just buy new ones and ours come with a workmanship guarantee and very simple Adirondack Assembly & Car Instructions