Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Project: Winterizing Outdoor Furniture

It is getting to be that time of year when you will want to start getting your outdoor furniture ready for the winter months. Some outdoor furniture is created to withstand winter weather, but it will still add to the life of your furniture if you prep it properly.

Any kind of outdoor table or piece of furniture that has a mosaic top should be stored inside, away from freezing weather. Just one good freeze can cause all of your tiles to dislodge.

Natural Rattan: this type of outdoor furniture needs to be kept in a dry dark space during winter months. Before putting into storage check the pieces of furniture for worn areas that may need to be repainted.

Synthetic Wicker: this can be left out year round.

Teak: this is a very durable wood that turns an aged silver with exposure to the elements. If you prefer the original teak color be sure to apply a specialty oil to the wood at least once a year.

Painted Woods: the sun will cause paints to lose their color over time. Freshen up a faded paint job with a high quality acrylic paint.

Acrylic Fabric: Shake off and/or vacuum outdoor acrylic fabrics. If you have stuffed cushions, once they have been cleaned you will want to store them in a dry space during the winter. If your fabric has stains use a bleach detergent mix*, however, you should not use this on cotton or printed fabrics.
*Bleach Detergent Mix: 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water with a small squirt of detergent.
Plastic: Plastic outdoor furniture is easily cleaned, just spray off with water. However, freezing temperatures and exposure to the elements can cause plastic to become brittle so it needs to be stored indoors during the winter months.

Aluminum: it is suggested to wash aluminum furniture and then apply a coat of automotive wax for extra protection.

Wrought Iron: remove any rust with a wire brush, coat with an exterior spray paint, then cover with a tarp until spring.

1 comment:

  1. It is important to stress that outdoor wooden furniture should be made made from sustainable sourced wood. Particularly oak! Thanks, Sam @ Raw Garden



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