Winters in Atlanta are pretty mild compared to winters up north, but they can still have an impact on your outdoor patio furniture. Many people don’t use their patio furniture at all during the winter months. Even though it is made to stand up to the sun, wind and rain; it is still a good idea to winterize it when it is not going to be used for an extended period of time. So what needs to be done to winterize your patio furniture?
Before storing your furniture for the winter you should clean all of the parts. Cushions and pillows should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are unsure of the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions, warm soapy water can be used to clean the cushions, umbrella, and to wash the main parts of the patio furniture. Be sure to let everything dry completely to avoid mildew.
While cleaning your furniture, you should check for anything that may need to be repaired. Wooden furniture may need to be sanded or stained. Metal furniture should be checked for any early signs of rust that need to be addressed.
Pillows and cushions should be stored indoors, if at all possible. If storing them outdoors is the only an option, you should store them in a large plastic tub with a lid that seals. The rest of your furniture should be stacked and stored out of the elements as much as possible.
Even though Atlanta winters are mild, following these winterizing procedures whenever your furniture is not going to be used for long periods of time will prevent unnecessary wear and tear and will extend the life of your patio furniture.