During the summer, you probably spend a lot of time in your garden or on your patio. The warm weather and the sunshine just draw people out. Barbecues and other similar parties are quite common.

Even during the fall, you can still get nice days when you can go outside and sit on your patio. However, as fall turns into winter, the weather is no longer suitable for sitting outside, particularly in the northern part of the country where it snows heavily and the temperature is constantly below freezing.

There are some types of patio furniture which are more resistant to the elements like these https://www.skylarshomeandpatio.com/collections/go-green-eco-friendly-furniture, but if you still want to protect your set from the dampness and the cold of the snow and rain, here are some useful tips on how to do it.


Well, the first thing you will need to do when storing your patio furniture for the winter is give it a thorough cleaning. The dirt which collects on the outdoors furniture contains a lot of different mold and mildew spores which can really bloom when the moist air of late fall and winter gets to it. By the end of winter, when you want to use your patio furniture again, it may be irreparably damaged.

If you have plastic or metal furniture, you can easily get rid of everything by simply using dish soap and some water. However, if your furniture is wood, you will need to use a special oil-based soap in order to clean properly and not damage the surface.

The same goes for the cushions. Wash them before you store them away to avoid the nasty musty smell I the spring when you take them out of storage. But there are types of patio furniture which have their cushions attached to the furniture. In that case, you cannot wash the cushions individually. You will net to make a solution of water and Lysol. A soft brush should be used to gently clean them without damaging the fabric.


The most important part of the process is done, the furniture is clean. However, there are some additional things you can do to further enhance the protection of your furniture. For instance, you can coat your furniture with some car wax. This method of protection is only applicable to aluminum and plastic furniture, but you can use other things to protect different materials.

Your wicker furniture can be protected by a paste wax, whereas the metal furniture, like iron, can be inspected for rust and then covered with a protective silicone coating.

Covering Up

The last part of this process is getting a cover for your furniture. It is especially required if you will be storing your furniture somewhere that is not completely protected from the elements, but it can be useful even if you’re storing it in your garage or home as well.

There are numerous sizes and shapes of covers, depending on your needs. They are typically made of polyester or some other water and UV-ray resistant material and often come with various buckles or elastic bands to make sure your furniture is secure under it. Some patio furniture even comes with its own covering when you buy it. The most likely place where you can find suitable covering is the place where you buy patio furniture.

If you make sure to follow these simple maintenance rules, you can expect your patio furniture to last you a good long while and be ready for use as soon as spring comes about.

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