Fall is here. Winter will be soon approaching in many parts of the United States. For most of us, this means cold temperatures, snow and ice. It also means that it is time to put away, protect and winter-proof our patio furniture.
We all know that patio furniture is not cheap. For this reason, we must take the time and the care to protect it. It is also not easy to find patio furniture that we like and enjoy. For all of these reasons, if you haven’t winter-proof your patio furniture now is the time to do so and here are some tips to help.
1. Begin by cleaning each piece. Since your patio furniture may have a lot of grime on it by now, you may want to try using a car wash solution to do this. Remember to use a soft brush or soft cloth when cleaning. Rinse thoroughly and then allow to air dry before storing.
2. If you see any rust on any pieces, gently wipe over it with a scouring pad.
3. Cushions and fabrics can either be machine washed or hand washed. Use warm water and never put these away until they are completely dry. If you put these away wet or dirty, mold and mildew can begin growing on them and they could be ruined before next year.
4. When thinking storage consider this. Hardwood furniture that is really heavy such as teak or cherry can remain outside. However, soft wood furniture that is made from pine or cedar needs to go inside or at least should be covered. Aluminum pieces can be left outside, yet they need to be covered. Plastic furniture and wicker furniture needs to be taken inside. Freezing temperatures can cause these to crack.
5. When you cover your furniture, look for a covering that is will keep moisture completely away from it and a cover that can breathe. Make sure the covers are neat and tight around the edges. You may also want to place something on top of the furniture to help hold the cover in place.
Yes, cleaning, storing and covering your patio furniture can be a real chore. However, it can be a bigger chore to buy a new set next year. Plus, it can be an expensive one.