Outdoor furniture serves you well in the warmer months, but when the cold comes it’s time to take a few steps to take care of it. You will thank yourself come spring when your outdoor furniture is ready to be enjoyed again. Preparation for winter doesn’t have to be a long and arduous process, there are just a couple of simple things to remember. It doesn’t take a lot of legwork to make sure you have a place to put your feet up come spring. 

Here are the two most important steps to remember when prepping your outdoor furniture for winter: 

Clean

Making sure your furniture is clean before deciding to store it for the winter. Dirt, moisture, and debris can collect on your furniture over the summer and can cause mildew or mold when stored. Depending on the material your outdoor furniture is made from, there are a few different ways to clean it. Wicker, wrought iron, and plastic can be cleaned simply with soap and water and left to air dry. Wood can be a little trickier, so be sure to use products specifically designed for wood furniture and consult the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you’re cleaning your furniture correctly. 

When it comes to cleaning textiles and cushions, the most important step is to let them dry completely before storing. Storing anything slightly damp could lead to mold and potentially ruin fabrics. If there are stains present, it’s a good idea to wash those with soap and water. If you’re unsure what’s safe or good to use on your fabric, it’s a good idea to consult the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Cover

It’s always best to store outdoor furniture indoors in the winter if possible. If you don’t have a place to store your outdoor furniture, the next best thing is to invest in waterproof furniture covers. These covers help protect your outdoor furniture from some of winter’s most damaging weather conditions, such as rain, sleet, snow, and wind. These conditions could harm or even ruin your outdoor furniture, so it’s a good idea to invest in furniture covers to defend your outdoor furniture from the elements. 

It’s time to prepare your outdoor living space for the cold. Make sure you protect your outdoor furniture from the harsh elements of winter and you’ll thank yourself come spring. If you have questions, come into Lurvey Home & Garden and our experts will be glad to guide you to the best products for preparing your outdoor furniture for winter.