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How Durable Is Eucalyptus Wood for Outdoor Furniture?

How Durable Is Eucalyptus Wood for Outdoor Furniture?
By RST Brands
July 8, 2020

You’ve come to that point in life when you’ve learned that cheaper isn’t necessarily always better. Sometimes, you’ve got to invest. And you know you don’t want to skimp on quality when it comes to your outdoor furniture. After all, you’ve got to do some serious grilling, lounging, and pool partying this summer. Uncle Fred can be a rough-and-tumble guy, and you know your BFF is a little clumsy when she’s got a drink in hand. Your patio set needs to hold up through it all.

Now you’re on the hunt for the best wood for outdoor furniture, and you want to get it right the first time around. You know eucalyptus looks good and seems high-quality, but how durable is eucalyptus wood for outdoor furniture?

Is Eucalyptus Wood Good for Outdoor Furniture?

In short, yes! It’s more affordable than teak, with many of the same benefits. The pretty red hue will darken over time, and if you treat it right, it could last 25 years or more. 

Eucalyptus wood is also especially resistant to rotting and decay. It’s got a high oil content that makes it stand up easily to moisture, it’s comfortable to sit on, and it’s a sustainable wood. And since going green isn’t just a passing trend, that’s a huge selling point. 

But, heads up—eucalyptus patio furniture will lose some durability after prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures. If you live in a cold climate and, you should consider some other materials or find a place to store your furniture when winter arrives.  

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How Do You Protect Outdoor Eucalyptus Furniture?

You’re investing in a quality patio set. Now’s the time to treat it right! Follow these rules for caring for eucalyptus wood outdoor furniture. 

1. Make sure to keep your furniture out of direct sunlight.
2. Wipe it down quickly if it gets wet.
3. If you really want it to stand the test of time, put on patio furniture covers when you're not using the furniture or hosting a party. 

Eucalyptus furniture also needs to be sealed annually to protect it from moisture and keep it looking fresh. Before you start, though, make sure you clean the wood and get rid of any dirt or mold. Then let it dry completely before sealing. Next, apply an exterior wood sealer like polyurethane. Let it dry again and apply 1–2 more coats. 

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How Long Does Eucalyptus Wood Furniture Last?

You’ve heard the word on the street: Eucalyptus wood furniture is a fantastic choice for any patio space. It’s dependable, long-lasting, and versatile enough for any climate. But exactly how long does eucalyptus wood furniture last? Can you believe the hype?

Yes! Eucalyptus wood furniture typically lasts about 25 years. And compared to teak, eucalyptus is far more affordable, making it one of the best investments for your outdoor pad. Keep the drinks pouring and the smoker smokin’ for decades because your eucalyptus wood furniture is in it for the long haul.

Does Eucalyptus Wood Fade?

Eucalyptus wood is the real MVP of outdoor furniture materials. It is very resistant to rot and decay, even when left out in the elements. Still, you may be wondering—does eucalyptus wood fade?

Despite its durability, yes, eucalyptus wood will eventually fade. If the wood is left untreated, it will transform into a silvery, soft gray tone many owners like. But you can restore the rich color of your eucalyptus wood furniture by gently sanding it down and applying an oil designed specifically for eucalyptus.

Does Eucalyptus Wood Need to Be Treated?

No, eucalyptus wood doesn’t technically have to be treated. Many people like the silvery tone the wood takes on naturally over time. However, if you want to keep that warm and rich, original tone of your eucalyptus wood furniture—well, yes, you’re gonna have to work for that. (But not too hard!)

Restore the beauty of your eucalyptus wood by gently sanding off any of the “fuzziness” that can collect on the surface of the wood, then apply a eucalyptus-specific oil treatment using a rag. Avoid direct sunlight while you apply the oil, and make sure to wipe off the excess after letting it soak for about an hour.

It’s best to do this at least twice a year (usually in early spring and late summer), but you may want to do it more often, depending on how much sunlight your furniture gets and how dry a climate you live in. Furniture exposed to more sun, rain, and other elements will need to be treated more frequently to restore the original look.

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Can Eucalyptus Wood Get Wet?

You just set up your gorgeous new eucalyptus wood furniture on a sunny day—and now the weather report predicts a sudden downpour. Argh! What should you do? Can eucalyptus wood get wet?

Fortunately, there’s no need to panic. Eucalyptus wood has your back. This wood is very resistant to water and moisture, which is why you’re a real smart cookie for choosing it in the first place.

Your eucalyptus wood furniture will lose its rich tone over time, but you can restore the look by sanding and oiling it with outdoor furniture oil. And voila! It’s as good as new.

Is Eucalyptus a Strong Wood?

You betcha! Eucalyptus is a very strong wood considering its density.  Because it’s rot and water-resistant, it’s always up for a fight against rain, snow, UV rays—whatever Mother Nature has to throw at it. The natural oils found in eucalyptus make it capable of lasting up to 25 years or more, making it a durable and long-lasting choice for patio furniture.

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Now let’s find you that eucalyptus patio furniture set of your dreams! Even if you’ve decided eucalyptus furniture isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve still got you covered. Check out RST Brand’s selection of outdoor furniture today. Every piece is made to last, so you really can’t go wrong!