Protect your furniture from the elements

During the summer months, your outdoor patio furniture gets a lot of use. If you live in a place that has a cold or wet climate in the winter, you will need to make sure that your patio furniture is properly protected from damage.

The days are getting shorter, and there’s a chill in the air. Now that you aren’t spending as much time outdoors, it’s time to prepare your furniture for the winter months ahead. With outdoor living spaces becoming more popular than ever, most people have at least a few pieces that need to be stored. Even furniture that is treated to be weather-resistant or is under a patio cover needs to be cared for and maintained. Spend a bit of time now, and you will be able to enjoy your outdoor living area when spring rolls around — and your furniture will be in top shape.

Clean it up

The most important step in preparing furniture for storage is to get it clean. Moisture and dirt left on outdoor items can cause mold or mildew to grow in the winter months. Mold can grow and spread quickly, leaving your furniture in bad shape by the time you are ready to use it again. Pieces made from wrought iron or plastic can be cleaned with a simple dish soap and water solution.

Give it a coat

After your furniture is clean, a protective coating will help keep it looking good for next spring. Aluminum or plastic pieces can be covered with a thin coat of car wax to protect them. Check metal furniture for any signs of rust and remove with a wire brush, then spray metal furniture with a silicone sealant.

Under cover

Furniture covers are great for additional protection from the elements, even if you are storing your pieces in a shed or garage. Covers come in a wide range of sizes and weights, depending on whether you will be storing items outside or under cover.