Even though you may not want to move your outdoor furniture in for the winter, taking a few extra precautions ensures that your furniture will be kept safe and clean until the spring. While it’s rare to see much snowfall in Mississippi, the winter tends to be rainy and cool, so it’s still beneficial to give your patio furniture extra TLC. We have a few tips to get you started.
Clean Off the Furniture
Start by cleaning off your furniture with a dry cloth, whether it’s made from wood, aluminum, wicker or plastic. This will remove dirt, pollen and spider webs. If your lawn furniture needs a better clean, use a mild detergent and water. You can use oxygen bleach on plastics and resin to help remove tough stains and grime.
Cover the Furniture
When the furniture is dry, cover it with a sturdy cover. Since it rains during MS winters, invest in waterproof covers if you plan to leave the furniture outdoors. The covers should fit each piece of furniture snuggly. Too much room will leave the cover sagging, and moisture and rain will find its way through. Also, animals can make a home for themselves. Covers that are too tight will expose some of the furniture to the elements.
Elevate Furniture Legs
The legs on chairs, sofas, swings and tables should be raised to keep them off the ground. Use 2-by-4s to place on the ground and set the furniture on top. This way, the legs won’t be sitting in standing water or melted snow and ice, protecting them from rust, corrosion, rotting or chipped paint. Umbrellas should be folded and protected with a cover to keep the fabric safe from damage and fading.
Clean and Store the Cushions
Cushions are an investment to make, so you want to keep them for as long as possible. Clean them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some can be wiped down with a damp cloth, others can be tossed in the washing machine. Once dry, store the covers in a plastic bag or fabric cushion storage bag. Keep them in a dry, clean place such as your basement or garage. If you store them outside, they are vulnerable to bugs and mold.