Cold and wet weather is approaching, which means it’s time to put your outdoor furniture into storage. The main reason it’s important to put your patio furniture away is to protect it from the elements and from becoming dirty and waterlogged while you’re not using it. Some furniture can even crack or rust if left out all winter. There are a few options for protecting your outdoor furniture: indoor storage, shed storage, or covering your furniture. Let’s go over our tips for storing patio furniture.
Clean Your Furniture First
No matter which option works best for you, we strongly advise that you give your patio a thorough clean before storing it. Make sure that it is completely dry, as well. Any dirt, moisture, etc., can soak in deeper and cause permanent damage by the time you’re ready to use the furniture again. At the very least, it will be a pain to clean up set-in stains come spring.
What Do I Need to Store?
Some outdoor furniture can be safely left outside. Aluminum, plastic, and some other synthetic materials can be left outdoors with no worry of damage. Make sure moisture does not get trapped by coverings over wooden or other porous materials in order to keep your furniture looking brand new and prevent any damage.
Store It Inside If You Can
If you have space in a garage, storage room, or basement, keep your patio furniture inside during the months when you’re not using it. This way, you can protect your furniture from moisture and dirt in a climate-controlled environment. Make sure furniture is completely dry before storage to prevent mold and mildew over the winter.
Invest in a Shed
A shed is the ideal storage spot to protect your patio furniture. If you don’t have one, it’s worth considering investing in one if it would work for you and your property. Not only are sheds practical for storing patio furniture, tools, and equipment; but many are also beautiful additions to your yard. At Juniper, we offer a variety of sheds to meet your storage needs, protect your furniture, and keep your belongings secure.
Cover Your Furniture
If you don’t have any indoor space, and a shed is not practical for you, you can cover your patio furniture for the season. You can find a variety of furniture covers intended for different weather conditions and different furniture. Some covers include a silicone lining, and others allow for air circulation. Be sure to allow air circulation for furniture that is prone to water damage.
With these tips, you’ll be ready to safely store your patio furniture for the season. To summarize: make sure to clean your furniture, then store it inside your home or a shed if possible, or cover it. Juniper is your local source for patio furniture and outdoor living products in Appleton. We also sell a variety of sheds to help protect your outdoor furniture and other equipment. Come visit in store to check out our selection and for more information about storing patio furniture. Our exceptional staff would love to assist you as you get ready for storing your furniture this winter.