Tips for Cleaning & Storing Patio Furniture

November 04, 2019 3 min read

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, the leaves are falling and the smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere. Fall is in full swing and that crisp, cool air means that patio season will officially be coming to an end – it’s time to start thinking about storing your outdoor furniture.

Although our outdoor furniture is made to withstand the elements, storing and protecting your outdoor furniture during the harsh winter season is recommended to ensure the longevity of your favourite garden or patio furnishings.

Before you store or cover your outdoor furniture, you must first clean your furniture.  Architectural Digest recommends the following tips that are incredibly helpful:

  1. Remove the cushions.Opt for zippered pillow covers that can easily be hand or machine-washed. If the cushion covers can’t be washed, dust off surface dirt, and then gently scrub with a sponge or soft-bristle brush with a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing soap. Hose off and let air dry to prevent mildew growth. Our outdoor pillows have zippers and are machine washable.

We also recommend our Hauser Fabric Cleaner and our Hauser Fabric Protectorfor your fabric.

  1. Wipe it down.With a damp cloth that’s been immersed in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing soap, clean the hard surfaces of plastic, wicker, aluminum, and cast-iron furnishings. Rinse by hosing off.
  2. Oil it up.Variations in temperature can cause teak to crack. Help prevent further damage by cleaning with an oil-based soap and a soft-bristled brush, and hose off when complete.

We recommend our Hauser Care Kit that comes with our Teak Cleaner, Teak Protector, and Clean Brushes and Gloves.

  1. Break out the vacuum.Hosing down works for larger solid pieces, but for trickier wicker furniture, consider removing dirt from the many small crevices with a vacuum cleaner several times each season. This will help prevent grimy build up.

patio furniture cover on snowy patio

After you have cleaned your furniture with the above tips, it’s time to either store or cover your patio furniture.  Our durable furniture covers come in all shapes and sizes that are perfect for outdoor storage since they are breathable and rain/snow resistant. Depending on the material, we recommend the following tips:

Wicker

Wicker furniture can be stored outdoors with an outdoor cover that will keep them safe from snow and rain. We carry furniture covers that are perfect for Wicker material due to their breathable material that is strong enough to withstand rain and snowfall.  We also recommend applying a sealant to your Wicker furniture to further protect it from rain and snow.

Metal

Since metal furniture is prone to rusting, it’s important to never leave your furniture outside during the winter. Either use a cover or store your furniture indoors to prevent damage.

Plastic and Vinyl

While plastic and vinyl material can stand up to snowfall, it shouldn’t be left outdoors uncovered during the harsh conditions. The material can become brittle and crack during extremely cold temperatures.

Fabric

If your outdoor furniture has fabric cushions, it’s important to store those indoors or keep the cushions on your furniture with a cover over them to avoid exposure to the elements.  As mentioned above, it’s important to ensure your fabric is cleaned well before storing them away for the season.

Wood

Wooden furniture could develop silvery patina overtime if they are overly exposed to the elements. It’s important that your wooden furniture is covered or stored in a garage, shed, or other indoor locations that are dry. 

Whether you decide to cover your furniture or store it indoors, it’s important to clean your furniture and keep it safe from the winter elements. While the fall weather is still enjoyable to sit outdoors, it’s better to plan ahead and protect your investment.


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