While outdoor furniture is built to withstand the harsh elements of sun, wind, rain, and even snow, it is not immune to eventual wear, tear, and physical damage. Without ample protection, external elements can damage the material of your outdoor furniture, eventually giving way to cracks, rust, or irreversible damage. This is especially the case during the winter season when the cold and wind are at their most extreme.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your outdoor furniture during the harsh winter. With early preparation, regular maintenance, and committed care, it’s always possible to get more years out of your outdoor tables and chairs even as it snows season after season.
Take a look at some of the tips we’ve outlined below in keeping your outdoor furniture in the best possible shape:
Clean your furniture properly
The first step in furniture protection is furniture cleaning. Prior to covering outdoor tables, chairs, and shelves, make sure you have cleaned them thoroughly. Dirt and grime can pile up and lead to the formation of rust, scratches, and irreparable damage.
Before winter comes, make sure you have taken steps to clean your outdoor furniture regularly. The material of the furniture typically dictates the type of cleaning to be done for it. Wood furniture typically requires regular staining and oil. Metal outdoor furniture may require gentle soap and warm water for cleaning — and the use of soft cloth to prevent unnecessary scratches. Anti-rust paint can be useful for areas that have already started to rust. PE wicker furniture, on the other hand, can be cleaned thoroughly with water.
Invest in covers or tarps
Covering your outdoor furniture can protect it from the harsh winter climate. While simple covers and tarps can do the job, it may be helpful to use custom covers to guarantee a better fit. After all, a more snug fit equals better protection overall. Pre-made or custom covers are always better than no covering at all. Make sure to tie down the covers tightly to keep them from coming off.
Covers also work well during the soaring temperatures of summer. Excessive sun exposure can damage the surface and exposed areas of outdoor furniture. Whether you’re protecting from wind, sun, or snow, the right covering can lengthen the life of your al fresco furniture.
Store your outdoor furniture
Perhaps one of the smartest ways to safeguard the look and quality of your furniture is to store it indoors during the winter season. Since you will not be using it anyway, why not move it into a shaded or more secure area in your home or business premises? For extra protection, keep the covers in place even indoors to further protect the furniture from leaks and spills.
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