If you want your outdoor patio furniture to last for years and years it is important that you provide it with proper storage during the seasons it is not likely to be used, such as fall and winter. Ideally, this means placing it inside somewhere, either in a garage, outbuilding or another location that will keep it dry. If you have no indoor space for your furniture consider using a tarp, but ensure it is properly tied down and securely covers that materials it is supposed to be protecting. Storing furniture isn’t as easy as just throwing it in a shed and forgetting about it until spring though. For proper care, follow these easy tips for outdoor furniture storage.
Prior to Storage
Before anything gets tucked away for the winter you will want to thoroughly clean it. It is also smart to complete any repairs that are necessary at this time by bringing damaged pieces to an expert patio furniture repair center. If repairs aren’t necessary, be sure to properly clean the material. The right way to do so depends on the material itself.
Storing Fabric Cushions
If your furniture cushions have removable covers now is the time to remove them and properly launder them. Once they are dry return them to the cushions and then stack cushions in a dry area, preferably off the floor.
For larger items that can’t be tossed in the washing machine, hand washing will need to be completed. For cushions without covers, or large patio umbrellas, use a brush with mild detergent. Be sure to let it air dry sufficiently before being stored, to help prevent any mold or mildew.
Storing Metal Furniture
For proper storage of metal furniture, be sure to wash it with a water and soap, using a hard brush if there is sticky grime on it. Rinse it thoroughly with a hose. Once clean, inspect the pieces for rust or other surface oxidation. It will need to be sanded and repainted. Small areas may be able to be done by a do-it-yourselfer, but any highly visible spots should be repaired by a professional, to prevent a splotchy finish. Once clean and any issues are resolved, a thin layer of car wax can offer excellent protection. Store the pieces in a dry location.
As you begin to store your outdoor furniture be sure to check it for damages. If you find any and need assistance with patio furniture repair in LA, head to All Patio. We repair and maintain all types of outdoor furniture, including plastic, metal and wood, as well as cushions. Come see us for professional outdoor furniture repair in Los Angeles, or give us a call at (818) 361-2440to learn more.