4 Easy Tips on How to Protect Outdoor Furniture in Winter without Closing Your Patio for the Season
Living in North Texas we know the weather is unpredictable in the winter. One day we might be experiencing icy rain and sleet and the next day may be sunny and in the 80s. Sometimes we get snow, but mostly the climate is relatively moderate, although variable. While this may be a bit of a headache to keep up with, one benefit is that we never truly have to give up enjoying our patios, even during the coldest months. With some advice on how to protect outdoor furniture in winter, you’ll find it’s still possible to relax in your backyard without worrying about ruining your valuable set pieces.
- Pick and Choose Which Furniture Stays Outside – Although nearly all patio furniture is touted as being “all-weather,” this is not always the case. Some materials, such as cast metals and wood, may not be up to the task of staying outside all year. Check with your patio furniture dealer or the manufacturer to determine exact care instructions. Many materials, if stored when not in use with a cover, should be fine. If you have an enclosed patio space or shelter for the winter months, you can trust your furniture will be more protected. Also, you can consider storing certain pieces during inclement weather in a weather-proof shelter or garage and bringing them out again for use when it warms up or dries off.
- Prep Your Furniture – Even if you intend on keeping certain pieces out 24/7, make sure you give everything a good cleaning first. We have covered tips for cleaning patio furniture in a previous blog post, but it’s important to clean all materials according to manufacturer’s instructions. You can buy specific cleaners for wood furniture. Simply use soap and water for most other furniture. And avoid buying any metals except for aluminum if you want to be able to use your furniture when the elements are less than idyllic.
- Cover It Up – At Casual Living, we supply weather-resistant outdoor furniture covers from Treasure Garden. Durable and available in a wide variety of shapes and dimensions, you can purchase enough outdoor covers to effectively protect all your furniture you choose to keep outside. Just make sure that all furniture is dry before you cover it up to prevent mold and moisture from ruining the pieces you’ve so carefully selected.
- Care for Your Cushions – Although it may take a little extra time, make sure you don’t neglect your cushions. They may be weather-resistant but are still one of the most vulnerable components of your outdoor furniture. As with your other furniture, you’ll only want to store cushions when they are dry. If you need to clean them or dry them after getting damp, stand them on end so all the water properly drains before storing them inside your garage or shed until you bring them out again. We recommend removing cushions every time you know the weather will stay moist for more than a couple days in a row.
Your patio is one of your favorite places on earth. When you know how to protect outdoor furniture in winter, you can confidently keep using your outdoor space on the nicer days. For more information on winterizing your patio or for more outdoor furniture ideas, check out our website today.