If you live up north, you're anticipating that hard-bitten, lung-searing cold that saps the warmth right out of your body the instant you step outside. If you live in the south, you know that rain and wind can make the actual temperatures feel much lower, driving right through your layers of clothing and making you damp and chilled. Don't leave your fine summertime furniture outdoors in that miserable weather! Use the crisp days of fall as work days and pack away those patio furniture pieces for the next warm season.
First, you need to clean the furniture. Those chairs and tables have been outdoors all summer long, and they're covered in popsicle drips, spiderwebs, bits of grass, traces of dirt, and other grime. If you leave that dirt and debris on them all winter, you're asking for mold and mildew to take hold. Spread out a plastic tablecloth on the grass and take your furniture pieces to it one at a time, cleaning them thoroughly with a solution of dish detergent and water, if your pieces are made of iron, mesh, plastic, or wicker. For wood furniture, use Murphy's Oil Soap with water.
Remove All Stains
What if the pieces are clean, but you're still seeing stains? Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 of baking soda, a gallon of water, and a cup of ammonia. With a soft brush, work the mixture into the stains. Rinse the area with water and let it dry thoroughly.
Wash the Pillows and Cushions
Are there outdoor pillows and cushions that go with your furniture? Scrub them with some Lysol and hot water and a soft brush; then rinse and dry them. Place them in plastic bags to keep them clean throughout the winter.
Add a Protective Coat
Before you store the furniture, give each piece a quick protective coat. For metal furniture, use a silicone sealant. For plastic or aluminum, use a thin layer of car wax to seal out moisture.
Find a Storage Spot or Invest in Covers
If possible, tuck the patio furniture or deck furniture away in a safe, dry place, like your shed or garage. If you don't have space to store the furniture in your garage or shed, shield the pieces from winter weather with heavy-duty furniture covers. You'll need covers that are water-resistant and include straps, cords, or buckles to secure them in place.
If you have questions about how to properly winterize your patio, your yard, or other parts of your property, give us a call at Kurtz Bros., Inc. We're happy to share our knowledge and expertise and provide you with the right tools and materials to enjoy your outdoor space at anytime of the year.