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Preparing Patio Furniture for Storage

October 19, 2020

As Summer turns to Autumn and the leaves begin to fall, it's time to prepare your patio furniture for storage. Whether you are storing your furniture in the garage or a storage unit, it is necessary to prepare it to be stored properly to prevent damage to your set. With a few simple steps, you can ensure that your furniture stays in tip-top shape year-round.

First, clean metal furniture with a mix of dish soap and water with a scrub brush. With plastic furniture, you can use the same soap and water mixture but add vinegar. Be sure to avoid using bleaches or abrasive because they are corrosive and cause damage to the finish of the furniture. To clean wood furniture or use a combination of vinegar and baking soda in water and gently scrub. Once, the furniture is cleaned, be sure if is completely dry before storing it. Any leftover water can cause cracking in wood furniture or led to mold and mildew.

Once the table is cleaned, look for wear and tear such as rust spots, cracked wood, damage to the patio top, or tears in the cushions. For metal furniture, the biggest problem is rust. To remove oxidized spots or rust, use steel wool to remove it.  Once the sites have been removed, be sure to paint or coat the areas with rust-resistant paint to prevent future issues. Metal recuse Rustoleum paint, or corrosion prevention spray. For wood furniture, be sure to seal with a water protective coating. 

Look for signs of mold on the cushions as well. Clean the cushions with soap and water.  Once everything is cleaned, storing the items with protective covers for the pillows, keeping them in a plastic tub. 


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