LIFESTYLE

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture in the Snow

Outdoor furniture gets a lot of use during warmer months. However, people rarely spend a lot of time outside during colder months, meaning only less time is spent on outdoor patio furniture. It is wise to winterize furniture ahead of cold winter months to protect them from elements such as freezing rain and snow. Here are proven ways to safeguard outdoor furniture during winter.

 

Cleaning

 

Cleaning is the first and most basic measure to prepare outdoor furniture ahead of winter. Debris, dust, and moisture left on textiles and furniture can cause mildew and mold growth. You can use a brush or sponge to wash pieces of furniture that are made of plastic, wrought iron, or wicker. Experts recommend following the manufacturer’s guide when cleaning wooden patio furniture. Cleaning with the wrong detergent might void the warranty or ruin the furniture. Wiping down painted or whitewashed wooden items with a damp cloth is highly recommended. However, scrubbing or hosing can cause paint chips, so avoid these methods.

 

Cleaning upholstered and textile items such as umbrellas, outdoor rugs, and cushions can contribute to their longevity. Dusting and drying textiles and upholstered items could also be enough to keep them clean. However, if you plan to store upholstered items, consider deep cleaning them. You can wash outdoor pillows and cushions with a pressure washer but refer to the user’s manual if you doubt it. After washing, let everything dry completely before put them into storage.

 

Outdoor Furniture Covers

 

Covers work wonder for someone with limited space to store patio furniture during winter. Waterproof covers can protect wooden, metallic, and plastic furniture from winter’s worst conditions such as wind, snow, sleet, and rain. Covering pieces of furniture stored inside can also offer protection against pests, dirt, and dust. Homeowners can also use furniture covers year-round to protect their households from fading.

 

Coating

 

Treating outdoor furnishing ahead of winter is a must. The best way to coat a piece of outdoor furniture depends on the material. Consult with an expert for advice on the recommended coating technique before you begin the treatment process. Applying waterproof sealant on wood keeps wooden furniture from absorbing unwanted moisture, preventing cracks and warping. Plastic furniture is the simplest to maintain. Simply deep a sponge in warm, soapy water and wipe a plastic chair or table down and let it dry before storing it. Corroded metal pieces are equally not hard to maintain. Scrub the corrosion with sandpaper and apply fresh paint or primer and let it dry before storing the furniture. Painting preserves the furniture and makes it more appealing. Applying a paste wax on a piece of metal that shows no corrosion signs can protect metal finishes. Contrary, experts recommend treating fabric textiles with fabric protectors for protection against winter conditions.

 

Storage

 

The best way to protect outdoor furniture pieces during winter is by storing them properly. Storing them in a shed, basement, or garage could be the ideal options, but a covered patio or deck could as well protect the furniture from harsh weather. Bringing outdoor pieces to the living room is also alternative storage.

 

Being outside on your lawn in the fall, summer, or spring can be fun. However, outdoor furniture may not hold up in the winter due to freezing rain and snow. That’s why it is important to take the necessary measures to winterize outdoor furniture ahead of winter. There are various ways to prolong the life of outdoor furniture pieces during summer, including cleaning, coating, covering, and storing them properly. By taking extra time to winterize your outdoor furniture ahead of winter, you will rest assured that your investment will withstand harsh weather.