How to Protect Your Patio Furniture during Winter Months
Your patio furniture is fabulous. You spent weeks shopping for it this spring and you finally found exactly what you wanted. The frame is gorgeous and the fabric is just right. Your patio was like another room in your house this summer and you enjoyed that furniture every day. Southern California summers are gorgeous and your patio lets you take advantage of every glorious moment, from relaxing alone with a book to entertaining the neighborhood with a summer evening BBQ. Now it’s winter, and you don’t find yourself out on the patio quite as much. What should you do to keep that furniture in good shape so you can enjoy it for many summers to come? We at ABC Pool & Patio explain to best ways to maintain your patio furniture below.
Aluminum furniture can be washed and then coated with wax, regular car wax will do the trick, and that’s about all it needs. You can leave it outside for the winter as is. Wrought iron furniture is susceptible to rust. Use a wire brush to remove any accumulated rust, spray the furniture with an exterior spray paint made for wrought iron, and then cover for the winter. Covered this way, it will be fine outside for the winter.
Plastic and Resin
Wash plastic and resin furniture with regular soap and use a mild abrasive to remove scuff marks if necessary. These materials may become brittle at low temperatures, so furniture made of plastic and resin should be brought inside for winter storage.
Furniture made from wood should also be cleaned following manufacturer’s directions. Teak, if left untreated, will turn a silvery gray over time. If that’s not what you want, you should oil it annually. Painted woods will fade and you can freshen them up with acrylic paints. Once cleaned, teak and cedar can be left outside, but other woods should be brought indoors. Don’t cover wooden furniture when storing, as mold and mildew can develop.
Synthetic wicker requires less care and can be left outdoors all year, but rattan should be stored indoors, in a dry, dark place. Wicker should be cleaned according to manufacturer’s directions prior to storage.
As with the other materials, fabric needs to be cleaned periodically. Most outdoor fabrics are acrylic and will resist mold, but mold can still grow. After cleaning, make sure items are completely dry before storing. Do not store fabrics in plastic. Wash hammocks and other similar items according to directions, dry thoroughly, and store in a clean, dry place.
With a little effort, your Torrance, CA, patio furniture will last for years. When you pull it out this summer, it will still look great and you will be back to enjoying the sunny days again.