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How to Winterize and Store Patio Furniture and Cushions

Posted on: October 5, 2018 | Spaces Toronto October 21, 2019

Fall is in the air! The nights are colder, snow is starting to fall and it’s time to start thinking about storing your outdoor furniture for the winter. Properly storing your outdoor furniture will keep it the best shape possible for next spring and summer.

Tips for Cleaning and Storing Outdoor Furniture and Cushions

Before you can store your outdoor furniture and cushions, it is important to give them a thorough cleaning. Always review the manufacturer approved instructions before cleaning your furniture. Different materials will require a different care, and it is important to give your outdoor furniture the care it needs.

How to Clean Metal Furniture

If the furniture is made of aluminum, touch up any visible paint scratches using car paint. In order to clean the outdoor furniture, wash the aluminum furniture then apply a protective automotive wax.

How to Clean Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture is very easy to clean. Wash the plastic furniture with soap and water and allow it to dry. Plastic furniture should always be stored indoors during the winter due to its potential to crack.

How to Clean Outdoor Wooden Furniture

When cleaning wooden furniture, create a solution of mild oil-base soap and water. Concentrate on any areas that are stained or need more attention. Allow the furniture to fully dry then address any areas that need staining, panting or sanding.

Clean wicker furniture with a solution of mild soap and water. Allow the furniture to fully air dry. Once dry, look for any areas of the furniture that need repaired before storage.

How to Clean Outdoor Furniture Cushions for Winter

Just like when cleaning outdoor furniture, it is important to check the manufacturer approved instructions before cleaning your outdoor furniture cushions.
Hand Washing Cushions: When hand washing furniture cushions, mix together a diluted solution of dish soap, borax and lots of warm water. Saturate the furniture cushions then allow them to sit for 10-15 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the cushions and allow them to air dry.

Machine Washing Cushions: If you are able to machine wash the furniture cushions, remove the cushion covers from the cushions. Pre-treat any stains you see and wash the covers as recommended by the manufacturer approved instructions. Instead of placing the cushions inside of the dryer, allow them to air dry.

Choosing a Spot for Storing Outdoor Cushions and Furniture

Now that your furniture and furniture cushions are all clean, it is time to properly store your outdoor items. When choosing a storage location for your items, choose one that is dry and out of the winter elements. A garage or shed are smart storage locations, but it isn’t always possible to fit large pieces of furniture in these cramped storage locations. Instead, consider a storage unit rental with Spaces Self Storage.

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