How to Deal with Outdoor Furniture in Winter?

December 06,2022

How to clean up outdoor furniture and patio furniture that have many uses in summer and autumn in winter? After treatment, it can withstand wind, frost, rain, and snow to a certain extent, or it can be placed under the terrace shed without being completely exposed to the outside weather. This furniture also needs additional maintenance and storage.




Clean first


The most important step is to clean the furniture before storage. Moisture and dirt left on it are easy to grow mildew in winter months. The mold grows and spreads quickly. When you turn over these pieces of furniture again, you will find that they are completely different. Wicker, wrought iron, metal mesh, or plastic furniture can be cleaned with dish detergent and water. Wooden furniture can be cleaned with Murphy Oil Soap and water, and finally washed and dried. If there is any stain that is difficult to remove, mix 1 cup of liquid ammonia, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 gallon of water, dip it in a soft brush to brush the stain, then rinse and dry it thoroughly. The cushion shall also be cleaned before being put away. If the outsourcing material is general cloth or canvas, use 1/2 cup of comfortable water mixed with 1 gallon of hot water, brush them with a soft brush, and finally thoroughly wash and dry the cushion. For more severe stains, use 1/2 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water. But it's best to try it in a small area first.


Apply protective film


After cleaning, the outdoor furniture shall be coated with a protective film. Aluminum or plastic furniture can be coated with a thin layer of car wax. Willow furniture can be pasted and waxed. The metal furniture shall be checked for rust, the rust spots shall be brushed off with a wire brush. Then the furniture shall be sprayed with a layer of silicone sealant.


Put on the cover


The furniture cover is a good thing to protect the furniture from the external environment, even if you put the furniture in the tool shed or garage. Furniture covers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights, depending on whether you plan to leave the furniture outdoors or indoors. For example, stackable chair covers are a cover that is put on outdoor chairs after they are folded up one by one. It can be made of PE materials, with reinforced piping, which can prevent ultraviolet rays and water. For another example, patio table&chair set covers can cover all the tables and chairs. When purchasing, you can check whether there are elastic rings and elastic bands to ensure that the legs of the chair can be covered.