Winterizing your home requires a lot of work. As a homeowner, you must ensure that your house is properly protected. This includes protecting your outdoor furniture as well. Often this important winterization step is forgotten, and your furniture is left disheveled and broken come springtime, costing you money to buy all new items. Here are the top 5 winter-proofing tips for outdoor patio furniture.
- First, be sure to clean all furniture properly. With use and through the spring, fall, and summer months they develop debris, dirt and grime. Wash with a cloth or soft brush and use a car wash solution to clean thoroughly. Then be sure to wipe clean, rinse and allow to dry.
- Once your furniture is properly cleaned you should consider the type of material in order to decide how to protect the pieces. If the furniture is of a strong wood such as teak or cherry it can stay outside since it will be able to withstand the elements. If it is a soft wood like pine or cedar, it will need to be brought inside. If you leave it outside, however if should be covered in order to keep it safe. If the furniture is aluminum is can stay outside, covered. Finally, plastic or wicker furniture cannot stay outside and must always be brought indoors to prevent cracking and breakage.
- If you are storing the furniture inside, you will want to make sure you have the right space for it. Ideal storage areas include a garden shed, garage, basement, attic, or other large storage spaces you have available. If you don’t have room in your home, you may even consider renting a storage unit for the season.
- If you can leave the furniture outside, you must still cover it properly. You can buy products specifically meant for covering and protecting outdoor pieces. These items are made of strong, heavy materials. They should be designed to keep out moisture, and seal up neat and tight around the edges. Some use ties or velcro to wrap around table or chair legs. Also, you may consider laying a heavy item on top of the furniture such as a brick to prevent he cover form moving or blowing away in the cold, winter winds.
- Finally, also consider the fabrics and cushions on your furniture. All cushions must be brought inside and cleaned thoroughly. Once cleaned, let them dry completely before storing them. If you store them while dirty or wet, they will likely develop mold and then they won’t be able to be used again next year.
When winterizing your home, be sure to protect and store your outdoor patio furniture correctly so that you will not have to buy brand new, expensive furniture again next year. While these steps may seem like a chore, they are better and less expense than having to buy all new items since your current ones are damaged. Clean cushions, buy a heavy duty furniture cover, store certain materials inside, and clean furniture completely first. Whether you bought your furniture at Walmart or Seasons Four outdoor furniture, these tips will help you to keep your items in great condition for many years to come.