The weather has cooled down. You raked your leaves. Your pool is covered. The Halloween lawn decorations are set up. The only thing left on your outdoor fall checklist is your patio furniture. Do you leave it up or take it down? How do you know? We have the answers.
What can you leave outside?
There are many types of patio furniture prepared to be left out during the Fall and Winter months. Any furniture made out of composite, aluminum, and wood materials can stay outside year-round. Monitor your aluminum furniture to make sure there is no moisture sitting on it. Wood furniture should be left uncovered. It may seem like a good idea to spray your wood with weatherproof fabrics, but it is more helpful to keep any moisture from sitting on the wood.
If you prefer to keep your furniture inside safe from the elements, you can do that with no problem. Keeping your items inside will help prevent sun damage and preserve their condition.
What needs to come inside?
Unlike some of the above materials, others can not stay outside. Steel furniture is prone to rust. Stone tabletops can form cracks with moisture due to their porous makeup. Wicker furniture breathes with the humidity changes. As the months cool down, the table will contract and eventually may destroy itself over the years. Most low-quality plastic furniture can become brittle in cold air. These materials are best stored in a temperature-controlled space to preserve their shape and condition from the extreme lows of fall and winter.
Anything covered with fabric also needs to come inside. For example, any umbrellas, upholstery, and outdoor rugs belong in storage. Even if these materials have a unique weatherproof fabric, storing them inside protects them from fluctuating temperatures and harsh sun damage.
How should you clean your patio furniture for storage?
Leaving furniture pieces in storage dirty will only give you more work in the future. Instead, clean your parts now and treat them right to make your job easier! First, brush off any loose dirt and grime. If you can, repair any damages, scratches, or dings. Next, look out for any signs of rust or corrosion. If you find any corrosion, brush it away gently and apply appliance paint in the correct hue to protect your furniture.
What about your grill?
You can easily winterize your grill. First, brush off to get rust and food off of the grills. Then take out any remaining wood chips or charcoal inside. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to clean out your grill well. Consider moving your grill inside if you will not use it for the year. If you are planning on transplanting your grill, disconnect the propane tank or gas line beforehand.
How should you store everything?
Place everything with intent—stack cushions in a storage bench or a patio storage bag. Furniture must sit right-side-up so any remaining moisture escapes correctly.
Where should you store your things?
Temperature-controlled storage spots are the best choice for your patio furniture. You can use places like your garage, garden shed, or attic if you have the space, but they will not offset the winter’s harmful effects like a good self storage unit will. We have spaces of all sizes for a variety of needs! Check out a location nearest to you!