Outdoor furniture belongs to the whim of the Mother Nature. The weather can act out at inconvenient times, especially during the fall and winter with wind, snow, and extreme temperatures. If we do not adequately prepare our patio furniture, anything left outside will feel the magic of Jack Frost. Protecting your patio furniture with these tips will ensure your furniture lasts through the holiday season.
Today, many manufacturers weatherproof furniture and use materials meant to withstand inclement weather. Furniture made of aluminum, resin, or plastic can withstand regular use for years, along with routine maintenance and care. Protectants can be applied and regular cleaning with mild soap and water is recommended.
All types of outdoor furniture can benefit from external waterproofing protection, especially wood furniture. For most wood outdoor furniture, applying a coat or two of marine varnish annually will preserve the material and add a layer of protection against water. Waterproofing sprays and lacquer work similarly to varnishes and oils. Treat outdoor wood furniture every few months to help prolong its life.
For normal wear and tear, routinely clean and dry the furniture. Whether plastic, wood, or metal, furniture requires an occasional wash with ¼ cup (2 oz.) mild liquid soap in a gallon of warm water and good rinse.
Even outdoor accessories benefit from a little consideration. When your fire pit is not in use, place the fire pit cover over the burner to keep out water and debris. Close and tie umbrellas shut during high wind advisories and store them during the winter. Before closing and storing umbrellas, make sure the fabric and frame is dry. Protect with a cover and lay on a hard, flat surface in a well-ventilated location.
For those who want to continue to sit outside during the cold seasons, wait until the winds die down and the snow stops falling, then gather around a glowing fire pit and enjoy the outdoors.