1 December, 2016
Snow and the bitter cold of winter can do some serious damage to outdoor furniture. Since nobody wants to spend the time or the money to get new furniture with each passing season, here are a few simple tips to help protect your outdoor furniture from the cold, harsh weather and keep it looking like new.
Metal Patio Furniture
The biggest concern when it comes to metal furniture is rust. While a lot of metal patio furniture now has a powder coating that is designed to keep the metal from rusting, corrosion can still find a way to appear, especially over time. Once your metal furniture begins to rust, snow and rain can begin to weaken the metal.
To winterize your metal patio furniture, follow these easy steps:
- Use a small wire brush to remove any rust.
- Touch up any visible spots where the rust was removed with a bit of wrought iron exterior spray paint
- Clean all surfaces of your metal furniture to remove any dirt or grime.
- Keep your outdoor furniture protected all winter long by using a furniture cover. These are perfect because they are designed to fit your furniture and keeps it safe from rust and other elements which can cause serious damage.
Wood Patio Furniture
During the winter, wood furniture absorbs cold air, rain, and snow if it’s not properly treated, which can lead to cracking and cause the furnishing color to fade.
To keep your wood furniture in good condition, make sure you properly apply waterproofing wood sealant. Sealed wood holds in its natural moisture and eliminates cracking. Sealant is also the best way to protect your wood furniture year round.
Purchasing custom patio furniture covers is also a great way to protect outdoor furniture, no matter what kind of materials the furniture is made from.
Plastic Patio Furniture
Plastic furniture typically requires little to no maintenance and doesn’t absorb moisture like wood. However, when exposed to extra cold temperatures, plastic can become brittle and crack.
To keep plastic furniture in the best condition possible, make sure to clean it thoroughly throughout the outdoor entertaining season, and then move the furniture indoors during the winter months.
Even with plastic furniture, it is important to cover your outdoor furniture during the winter months. This is great for keeping dust and debris at bay, and not allowing the plastic to possibly warp in the cold weather.
Storing Patio Furniture for the Winter
If possible, find a safe place to store your patio furniture for the duration of winter. Whether you store it in a shed, garage, basement, or even a storage unit, it will be clean, sturdy, and ready to go when spring arrives.
In addition to winterizing your patio furniture, keep in mind that following through with regular maintenance year round will prolong the life of your outdoor furniture without exception.