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How to Store Patio Furniture

How to Store Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture Set

After a season of fun in the sun outdoors, it's time to get the patio furniture ready for storage. Properly storing patio furniture will help to ensure that the whole family can enjoy it for many summers to come. Learn how to care for your patio furniture so that you're ready for relaxation as soon as spring rolls back around.


Clean Patio Furniture

Make sure to clean and dry your patio furniture at the end of the outdoor season. Dirty fabrics can accumulate mold if they're not regularly cleaned. Clean away the dirt and grime that accumulated over the summer, and help the furniture hold any protective seals or coats that you might use during winterization.
 


Remove Umbrellas & Fabric Cushions

Even though the umbrella and cushion fabrics are designed to withstand many weather conditions, prolong their lifves by storing them in a dry space. If you only have room for a few small items, make sure that the umbrella and cushions are first on the list.
 

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Coat & Seal Furniture Frames

Once you clean your outdoor pieces and store the cushions, apply a protective seal or coating to the furniture. Check with your patio furniture manufacturer's suggestions for the best coating to use on your specific items.


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Store Furniture in a Garage or Shed

If possible, carry large furniture items to a storage shed or garage space for winter storage. Store as much furniture as you can fit. Move all of the items that you cannot fit to one side of your patio or yard and bundle them close to each other.
 


Stack Chairs

If space is limited and your chairs are designed to be able to do so, stack them on top of each other. This might allow you to fit a few extra items in the garage or shed.
 


Cover Furniture

Whether you're able to store furniture in a storage space or you are planning on leaving it out on the patio, you should cover large pieces. A cover will protect your outdoor furniture from the elements, and it will protect furniture you can bring indoors from dust, spills and other debris. Make sure to choose patio furniture covers that are designed to fit each individual piece. Tie the covers tightly so that they stay put all winter long.


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Patio furniture cover

Keep an Eye on It

After heavy snows, remove accumulation off of the furniture covers so as not to weigh them down or allow for leaks. Check the covers periodically through the winter to make sure that there are no holes or tears in the cover fabric.