Autumn marks the beginning of slightly cooler weather and of pumpkin-flavored everything! When the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to drop off of the trees, it signals that it is time to start thinking about preparing and moving outdoor items such as patio furniture into storage for the winter months. If you prepare outdoor chairs and patio furniture properly, then they can easily be set up and to be used again when the weather warms up again.
If you decide to keep the patio furniture outside throughout the winter months, it is important to have it covered with water tight coverings to protect it from the elements. Remove the fabric cushions and place them in a fully sealed outdoor storage container. As an alternative, putting your patio furniture into a self storage unit and keeping it out of the elements will help prolong its life. Stop N Stor has a variety of self storage units, climate controlled and non-climate controlled, in sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your household storage needs. Our storage units are easily accessible allowing for our renters to easily move their outdoor furniture into and out of their storage units.
Tips for Storing Patio Furniture for the Winter Months
Making sure to properly preparing patio and outdoor furniture is important for continual use. As with any outdoor items, including lawn equipment such as lawn mowers and gardening tools, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning and storing. Below, learn easy to follow tips to prep patio items for the winter months.
- Inspect the chairs, tables, cushions and table umbrella to see if anything is broken or needs to be repaired before going in storage. If the patio furniture appears broken beyond repair, then it is time to dispose of them.
- Thoroughly clean your patio furniture before placing it in your self storage unit. First, clean off pollen and dirt from the furniture with a dry cloth then, wet clean the furniture based on manufacturer instructions.
- Clean the fabric or canvas cushions with a solution of Lysol and hot water. The fabric and filings for the furniture cushions should be completely dry before placing in storage. Cushions will survive longer if stored in a dry cool place such as a storage unit.
- Wash wicker, mesh or plastic furniture and wrought iron chairs with a solution of mild dishwater soap and water. Clean wooden furniture with wood oil soap. Let the furniture dry completely after rinsing off the cleaning solution.
- Clean patio umbrellas according to manufacturer’s instructions. Canvas should be cleaned first by brushing off dirt and then cleaning the surface with warm water and mild soap. The umbrella should be completely dry before storing. The wooden frame can be cleaned with wood polish or wax.
- To keep the furniture protected, wipe the wicker or wood furniture with a furniture grade wax, aluminum or plastic furniture with a car wax and metal furniture with a silicone sealant spray.
- When placing patio furniture in a storage unit, stack patio furniture chairs on top of one another to gain extra storage space. Remove the legs of the patio table to give more space in the storage unit. Keep all screws and nuts together in a plastic bag attached to the table legs.