How to Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Storage

How to Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Storage

Changing seasons force us to store some outdoor items during the cold weather months. If you’ve got a beautiful patio furniture set, chances are that you won’t leave it out during the autumn rainstorms and winter snow. Here are some tips on how to prepare your outdoor furniture for storage.

Clean First

Everything lasts longer when it’s kept clean. If you store quality furniture that’s covered with dirt, grease and grime, it will be worse (or ruined) when you get it back out next spring. So, the first thing to do is use a quality cleaner on all the hard surfaces.

If you have wicker furniture, remove the cushions, get a bucket of hot, soapy cleaner, and a good brush. Gently scrub the surfaces and underside of the wicker, and then just rinse it off with the garden hose. Be careful which cleaners you use on metal or wood furniture, so you don’t damage the finish, and use a soft cloth to prevent scratches while rubbing off the dirt and grime.

Protect Surfaces

Once the furniture frame is clean and dry, consider applying an extra coat of UV protection with a clear solution, or another coat of stain or paint to match your existing finish. Of course, now would be a good time to change finishes if you want a different look, although it will be a meticulous and tedious job. Switching out the fabric on the cushions might be a whole lot easier.

The cushions on your outdoor furniture should be properly cleaned and stored also. Vinyl can be wiped clean or scrubbed gently with a cleaning solution and soft cloth. Newer outdoor upholstery fabric weathers well all summer, but could still use spot cleaning or an overall upholstery cleaning before storage.

Be careful not to soak the cushion, since water might seep into the foam and might not dry properly. There’s nothing more disgusting than getting ready for that first spring barbecue and discovering all your Furniture delivery service London has become moldy while in storage.

Consider a New Look

Reupholstering outdoor furniture and cushions can give a fresh, new look, especially if you want to change your color scheme for next year. Some brave DIY hobbyists try it themselves, but a professional reupholstery service can nip and tuck in just the right places for a perfect fit on new chair cushions.

Talk to an upholstery expert to find the right type of fabric for your outdoor weather conditions – and that can include temperature, amount of rainfall and amount of direct sunshine. There are many options for choosing new coverings, including vinyl, durable fabric, and blended materials. If you want a new look, consider whether matching or contrasting certain pieces with the table umbrella will give you the effect you’re seeking. Sometimes mixing patterns and colors of outdoor fabric gives a bold new look without the cost of purchasing an entirely new patio set.

So, before you pack up the outdoor furniture, give it all a good cleaning. If the cushions are removable, store them so they are well covered and protected from temperature changes. Custom furniture covers area also available, and can be made to fit snugly around larger pieces, just like a grill cover fits over your outdoor grill.