Wouldn’t picnic tables make your backyard, patio or deck a more useful and fun space? Picnic tables provide durable outdoor seating for small to large gatherings and can last for years when properly cared for. While typically built and treated to withstand the elements, the sealants used to protect the wood on picnic tables breaks down over time. For wood picnic tables, sealing once a year can make the table last indefinitely, and any type of table, whether plastic, metal or wood, can benefit from being covered between uses. Cover your table with a heavy-duty, tight-fitting table cover when not in use. With wood tables, this will help to prevent the sealant from breaking down prematurely due to inclement weather or sun exposure. It will also help to keep plastic and metal picnic tables clean and their finishes chip-free.
Use a tablecloth on picnic tables. This will help prevent scratches, dents or dings caused by tableware, utensils or normal wear-and-tear. Wash the table with a hose every few weeks. Allowing dirt to accumulate on your picnic table increases the chances that it will stain. Keeping it clean, especially during the spring and fall when pollen, falling leaves and branches can accumulate, will keep your table in tiptop shape.