The U.S. is the largest furniture market in the world, according to Statista. With so much money spent on patio furniture, it makes sense to protect it during the late fall and winter months. While a lot of patio furniture is now built to withstand the elements, protecting your patio furniture will make it last longer and save it from rust marks, mildew, and stains.
Below are some tips to protect patio furniture and keep it in its prime conditions when the weather gets harshest.
The easiest and most effective way to protect your patio furniture is to store it away for the colder seasons if you don’t plan to use it at all. This is especially important for wrought iron furniture, which rusts easily. A large outdoor storage box, a shed, garage, or even a basement protect the furniture from getting wet. Some people even elect to rent storage space to keep their furniture in tip-top condition in the winter or fall. If there’s not a lot of space in your storage unit of choice, stack the furniture. Another option is to bring just the cushions in for indoor storage and keep the frame outside.
Cover Your Patio Furniture
If storing it away isn’t an option, cover the patio furniture to protect it. This is also a better option if you live in a climate where you might be able to use the patio furniture occasionally. The cover will protect the furniture from UV rays and moisture. Many covers are made of polyester or vinyl and they come in a variety of sizes. You should periodically check the covers to make sure they’re in place and still properly protecting the patio furniture.
Teak patio furniture is known for its beauty and resistance to effects of the sun, rain, frost or snow, but no furniture is indestructible. Give your teak furniture a good scrubbing once a year to fight mildew and prevent it from turning a silver-gray color.