The simple answer is yes; our outdoor furniture is built to withstand the elements. However, taking precautions is essential to preserve its pristine appearance over the years. If you reside in a climate without freezing temperatures, covering your furniture should be sufficient. Yet, for those contending with chilly, snowy winters, finding indoor storage, such as a shed or garage, might not always be practical, especially for larger pieces. If your furniture must endure the outdoors, follow these steps to ensure it remains in top condition for the next season!
1. Cushion Care
After a long season of fun, your cushions could use an extra bit of lovin'. Before storing your cushions away, give them a good clean.
- Remove them from your frames.
- Mix up a blend of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water.
- Use a microfiber towel or soft bristle brush to clean, allowing the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam, to ensure a consistent clean with no water rings or residue in sight.
- For tough stains, spray a generous amount of Resolve or your favorite spot treatment to the stain and blot to remove.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
- Before storing, ensure you let your cushions air dry completely.
2. Cushion Hibernation
Now that your cushions are spick and span, find them a cozy spot for the winter—somewhere warmer than 40º F. Whether it's a storage closet, your garage, or a designated cushion nook, make sure it's a comfy retreat. You want those cushions to return to you in the spring as plump and comfy as ever! Your frames will have a much better time bearing the cold.
3. Keep Frames Upright
Consolidate frames into the smallest possible space, but do not flip pieces upside down to stack. During winter, it's essential to keep them right side up. Why? It's all about preventing water from settling within the frame. Upside down is a no-no, as this can cause water to pool in areas it's not meant to, leading to freezing and irreversible damage. This simple yet essential step can significantly contribute to preserving the integrity of your furniture.
4. Give Your Furniture a Winter Blanket
And now, for the grand finale – the winter wardrobe for your furniture. As winter unleashes harsh weather conditions, encompassing snow, ice, and rain, furniture covers play a pivotal role as a protective shield. Their primary function is to prevent moisture from seeping into the materials, averting potential damage. Investing in high-quality outdoor furniture covers is key, and fortunately, we offer ones that fit like a glove. Our covers are meticulously crafted to keep your furniture snug and safeguarded from the elements. Picture it as a winter coat for your outdoor setup, providing a shield against the cold, wind, and snow.
While winterizing your furniture may seem like a chore, trust us; it's worth protecting to ensure many years of enjoyment. With these steps, your furniture will be ready to welcome you back to sunny days, backyard gatherings, and the joy of outdoor living when the warm weather returns. Until then, stay cozy and dream of the warmer days ahead!