Plastic patio furniture before it is winterized and stored in a storage unit

How to Winterize Patio Furniture and Cushions

Posted on: October 24, 2018 | Tri-Village Self Storage 2018-10-24

One of the perks of having a deck or large outdoor space is being able to lounge around on your patio furniture grilling, reading and having bonfires. But, unfortunately, as the weather gets colder, it’s important to store your outdoor furniture for the winter months. We’re here to help! Check out these tips for cleaning and storing patio furniture and cushions.

General Tips for Storing Patio Furniture

Before cleaning your furniture and furniture cushions, there are a few general rules to consider:

  1. Always check the manufacturer approved instructions: While we’ve listed tips for cleaning common furniture materials, it’s important to check the manufacturer approved instructions before cleaning.
  2. Allow the furniture time to dry before storage: Before storing your furniture, allow enough time for it to dry. Storing wet furniture can cause mold, mildew or rust to form on your furniture, which can permanently damage it.

How to Clean Patio Furniture Before Storage

Your furniture can take a beating during the spring and summer. Between spilled foods, spider webs and dirt, it’s always a good idea to properly clean your patio furniture before storage.

How to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Plastic is a very popular material for patio furniture. When cleaning plastic furniture, spray it with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe it down with a damp cloth. It’s important to store plastic furniture indoors because extreme temperature can cause it to crack.

How to Clean Metal Patio Furniture

If your patio furniture is made of wrought iron or stainless steel, it should be cleaned using a sponge and solution of warm water and dish soap. Before storing metal furniture, always thoroughly check for rust. If you see rust, remove it with steel wool. After removing the rust, re-paint the furniture to help to seal out water.

How to Clean Fabric Patio Furniture

While a hammock isn’t necessarily considered patio furniture, it still needs to be treated before storage. Clean the hammock with a solution of soap and water.

How to Clean Wooden Patio Furniture

To clean wooden furniture, use mild soap, warm water and a brush. Be careful when cleaning wooden furniture, the last thing you want to do is to scratch or permanently damage your furniture.

Tips for Cleaning and Storing Outdoor Cushions

  • Wash outdoor furniture cushions: Spot clean outdoor furniture cushions using warm water and a solution of liquid detergent.
  • Store away in plastic bags: Just like when storing patio furniture, allow furniture cushions enough time to dry before storage. Once dry, place your furniture inside of a plastic bag for storage.

Reserve a Storage Unit for Household Storage Solutions

Even after completing all of these furniture storage steps, it’s possible that your patio furniture may suffer from damage if stored in a location that is prone to moisture or fluctuations in temperature. If you do not have space in your garage, basement or shed to store your patio furniture, consider a climate controlled storage unit rental.

Tri-Village Self Storage has storage facilities in Downtown Columbus, OH, Grandview Heights, OH, Plain City, OH, and on Trabue Rd!  Reserve a 5×5, 5×10 or 10×10 storage unit today!

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