As the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to begin storing furniture away for the cold months ahead. Even pieces claiming to be weather-resistant need to be cared for. But with a little spick and span, and a dash of care, your furniture will be in tip-top shape when next summer rolls around.
It’s time to come clean
Just as it’s important to protect your patio furniture from the elements, a good cleaning helps to preserve the life of it. Leftover moisture and dirt left on items can mold or cause mildew to grow. Cleaning not only removes the grime but helps any protective sealing. If you’re working with wicker, wood or plastic materials, get the details here.
Sew little time
Your umbrella and outdoor fabrics may be designed to withstand weather conditions, but it’s best to store them in a dry space after cleaning. You can wash your umbrella’s fabric with a brush and mild detergent. Next, leave out to dry in an open position, then store. If your patio furniture’s cushions are removable, take them off and bring them in to launder. When they’ve finished drying, we recommend covering the stack with a cloth tarp. Plastic can trap in any leftover moisture invisible to the eye.
Seal the deal
Now that your furniture is nice and clean, apply a protective seal or coating. Aluminum materials can be covered with a thin coat of car wax. For wicker, a coat of paste wax will do the trick. Make sure to check any metal furniture for signs of rust and remove with a wire brush. Next, spray it with a silicone sealant to keep it looking new.
Stash it away
After the sealant dries, stack chairs on each other to save space and get strategic with storing. We suggest loading in larger, heavier furniture items first then fitting the smaller in the nooks and crannies.
Duck for cover
Whether you’re using a storage space or leaving your furniture out on the patio, you should cover it. Especially if outdoors, it’ll protect it from the elements, dust, and other debris. Covers that fit individual furniture pieces are ideal. If you can’t find them, try and search for some with elastic near the hem. Fit the covers tightly around that way they’ll stay put all season long.
Need some help caring for specific furniture or looking for some cover options? Stop by our store this week or give us a call at (405) 364–1912.