The extreme temperatures of winter nights can be especially hard on your patio furniture. Unless you have an outdoor space with a fire pit or outdoor heater that you plan to use throughout the winter, it is a good idea to deep clean and store your patio furniture in your basement, garage or shed for the winter months. You will keep it looking great and help extend its longevity.
Cleaning your patio furniture regularly makes it easier to clean because it reduces the amount of dirt and grime that builds up on its surfaces. For most patio furniture, all you need is some water and mild soap (like dishwashing liquid), though best practices may vary depending on what type of patio furniture you are cleaning:
- Plastic patio furniture: This is the easiest type of furniture to maintain, and usually just needs basic cleaning. If there is mold or mildew buildup, vinegar or diluted bleach may be used.
- Metal patio furniture: Wrought iron and stainless steel are common materials used for metal furniture. It is a good idea to touch up the paint to reduce rusting. If rust is present, remove it with steel wood before painting.
- Wicker or teak patio furniture: A toothbrush may help clean wicker or other woven furniture.
If you have fabric cushions, it is a good idea to check the recommendations of the manufacturer about cleaning. Some have cloth covers that can be removed and washed, but they should be air dried to reduce the chance of shrinkage. It is important to note that everything should be completely dry before you store it away.
If you don’t want to store your patio furniture, consider investing in furniture covers you can use to protect it in place. These can be easily removed when you want to enjoy your patio space.