How to Store Outdoor Furniture During the Winter Months
This past summer, many of us weren’t able to vacation or socialize like we normally would, so as a result, we spent a lot of time in our own backyard creating our very own outdoor oasis, inspired with all the Joanna Gaines touches! Now, as the seasons change and it’s a bit cooler outside, it may be time to put away the patio furniture and break out the holiday decorations. Storing those bulky outdoor items isn’t always easy, so here’s a guide to help you plan to successfully store those outdoor items! It’s worth noting that now is the time to repair and clean your furniture before putting it away for the season! This will ensure its stored in optimal condition while making your life that much easier when you go to unload it all next season!
The winterizing process for each furniture type:
Wood Furniture: Apply a protective sealant in order to protect the wood from any moisture. If moisture freezes in the wood during the winter, this will cause breakage. It’s best to use both a protective sealant and a cover for the wood furniture because without the protective sealant the cold air will still pass through the cover. If the wood is painted, repainting it before putting it away into storage will improve durability. Washing the furniture with a water-detergent-bleach solution and a mildly abrasive sponge will make it as clean as possible before storage as well!
Plastic Furniture: Plastic furniture is quite durable in winter conditions, however, leaving it out in below freezing temperatures will cause damage. It’s best to keep plastic furniture indoors and to wash it with a detergent solution before storage. Be sure to thoroughly dry it as well so mold doesn’t grow.
Metal Furniture: Rain and snow will cause metal to rust outdoors, thus, breaking down the structure of the furniture itself. Treat any potential rust before storing metal furniture outside with a rust-neutralizing primer. Applying a coat of spray paint that matches the original color of the metal will fix any discoloration. For maximum protection, automotive wax will protect your metal furniture in even the most extreme conditions.
Wicker Furniture: The first step to cleaning wicker furniture is brushing off the surface with a bleach and water solution to remove any mildew within the nooks and crannies of the wicker. Then rinse off the solution with a light spray and let dry. Apply a spray paint to any areas with discoloration and a moisture repellent to the feet and legs where the grain may be exposed.
Cushions & Fabrics: For cushions and fabrics it’s most important to prevent the damage of freezing and thawing in the winter as well as the cushions growing mold and mildew. The first step in this cleaning process is vacuuming the cushions and then washing them with a bleach-detergent mix. It’s ideal to store this furniture inside to avoid any rain, snow, and rodents.
Where to store your furniture:
Outdoor furniture is best stored indoors over the winter months. If you have a clean area to store this furniture, save space by stacking your furniture on top of each other and covering those piles with furniture covers secured by straps.
Most outdoor furniture will be perfectly preserved in a non-climate space. However, we do recommend covering the furniture with one of our chair or sofa covers to further protect it during storage. Remember, non-climate spaces are similar to storing items in a garage. Amazing Spaces non-climate spaces have painted and sealed floors to minimize exposure to dirt and dust, and are insulated to further protect your items.
Wondering where to store those bulky outdoor cushions? It’s not easy finding the perfect spot, but, here’s some things to consider before selecting your next storage location. Be sure that you choose a dry and cool environment and avoid placing cushions directly on the floor of a garage or basement. You’ll also want to avoid placing the cushions in storage in direct sunlight as it fades the cushion material. Here’s a few of our favorite storage hacks:
If you need more space and simply can’t store these items at home, we can help! Give us a call today, 281-378-4343 and one of our A-team members will be happy to assist in selecting the right option for your storage needs!