Winterizing Your Patio Furniture
Posted By: admin on 14 Nov, 2017
Choosing patio furniture is a costly and timely task for homeowners. With the weather starting to become colder, it’s the time of the year to winterize all your patio furniture. Storing, repairing and cleaning your outdoor cushions and furniture may make all the difference in the world. Spending some time to prepare your outdoor furniture for the harsh weather will ensure they have a longer lifetime.
The first step in winterizing your patio furniture should start with upholstered pieces. All pillows and fabric cushions must be brought indoors, washed with a mild detergent and dried thoroughly before being stacked away. It’s a good idea to repair any tears and reupholster/replace the cushions so they’re ready for spring in time. Here’s how different patio furniture can be winterized in time for the harsh winter.
Metal furniture can be stored outdoors but under a tarp. It’s best to wash the furniture with a very mild detergent and a soft brush. It must be rinsed thoroughly and dried. Make sure the tarp is tied down properly but leave a small opening at the bottom for circulation and drainage.
- Wrought Iron
Wrought iron furniture is extremely prone to rust. If you locate any spots with oxidation or rust, a good wire brush should help remove it. The spot can be smoothed out with sandpaper. The exterior can be spray painted with metal paint. The paint must be dried all the way through before storing under a tarp.
Aluminium furniture must always be washed using a very mild detergent and dried thoroughly before being stored. Examine the tables and chairs carefully while cleaning. Look for any rough spots or scratches and paint over them with automobile paint. Car wax can be applied to the aluminium frame to extend their life. The wax works to preserve the metal. Aluminium patio furniture can be stored under a tarp fastened securely over them.
All wooden furniture requires special attention for winter storage. Natural woods like cedar and teak must be sanded and oiled at least once every year to preserve their look. If the wood happens to be painted over, touch up the paint before moisture can seep into the exposed areas. Natural wood can be treated with a coating of car wax and water repellant. It can be covered with winter furniture covers or a tarp if it’s being stored outside.
- Natural Wicker
All natural wicker pieces must be stored in a dry place, preferably indoors. This must be done only after it’s already been inspected for damage. Repaint and repair the damaged areas if necessary. Add a coat of lemon oil or paste wax to extend the life of you wicker furniture. Synthetic wicker furniture can be left outside after being cleaned and repaired.
- Vinyl Straps
Vinyl straps must be cleaned using a mild detergent and water. The top can be coated using a protectant to keep mildew away. Any pre-existing stains can be removed easily using rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth.
Marble requires some preparation for the winter. It must be coated well with a stone sealer once every six months or so. Clean any spilled soda, coffee or wine immediately. A mild detergent and soap can be used to get rid of stains. It’s best to cover the top with a tarp if the furniture is to be left outdoors. Remember to leave space between the surface of the stone and the tarp, so moisture can’t damage it.
Preparing outdoor furniture for winter helps maintain their appearance. Following these simple steps to clean, protect and store your patio furniture might mean that it will last longer. It also ensures that it’s ready for use as spring comes.