The warm weather is gone. The temperature is dipping and snow is almost on its way. There will be no more backyard barbecues for months. Gone are the days of sitting in the lounge chair, reading a book and sipping a glass of wine.
As it gets colder outside, you know it’s time to store your patio furniture for the season.
Even if your furniture is weather-resistant, it’s best to winterize it. To ensure your patio furniture stays in tip-top shape and is ready to come out next season, use this seven-step process to for storing it effectively.
1. Repair It
Repairing broken patio furniture now can ensure it’s in good working order once it’s time to take it out again. Taking the time to inspect your furniture can also help you determine whether it’s time to store it—or throw it out.
2. Clean It
Your patio furniture got a lot of use this summer. It may have acquired some new stains and gotten quite dirty. A key step in winterizing your patio furniture is to clean it thoroughly before storing it. Why? Over time, that dirt can create mildew and mold.
Use a Lysol and hot water mix to clean off your canvas or fabric cushions. Removable covers can be taken off and laundered. Plastic, mesh, wicker, or wrought iron pieces can be cleaned with a simple solution of water and dish soap. Wipe down all surfaces.
3. Dry It
To prevent mold, mildew, and foul odors, make sure your patio furniture is completely dry before you store it. Dampness from a recent rainfall or from your cleaning efforts can destroy your furniture if it cannot dry. This goes for tables and chairs along with cushions, pillows, patio umbrellas, and furniture covers.
4. Coat It
Use a protective coating to ensure all your patio furniture still looks great when you take it out next season. For plastics and aluminum pieces, you can use a car wax. For wicker or wood, use furniture-grade wax instead. For metal pieces, use a silicone sealant spray after removing any rust that may have developed.
5. Cover It
If you don’t already own any, go out and buy some furniture covers to protect your patio pieces. This is an especially important step in the process if you’re planning to store your furniture outdoors.
Even if you plan to store your furniture in a shed or garage, it’s best to cover it first to add an additional layer of protection.
There are covers available in all shapes and sizes to make this step a breeze.
6. Stack It
Many types of patio furniture pieces are designed to stack on top of one another. Doing so can help you save space in your storage locker, shed, or garage. To save even more space, consider removing the legs from the patio table, ensuring to keep the nuts and screws in a plastic bag attached to the legs so you can screw them back together in the summer.
7. Store It
Finally, it’s time to store it. Make sure you’re storing your patio furniture in a dry space, whether that’s a storage locker, a basement, a garage, or a shed. You want to ensure your furniture won’t get wet during the winter season. Otherwise, it could get destroyed.
All fabric pieces should be brought indoors, including pillows, cushions, and patio umbrellas.
If you’re storing pieces outdoors, make sure your covers are on tightly to withstand strong winds and harsh winter conditions.
If you want to keep your patio furniture in good working order for years to come, follow this seven-step process to winterize and store it effectively during the off-season.