Nights are starting to get cooler and leaves are beginning to turn beautiful colors of yellow, orange and red. The last few outdoor summer nights are escaping us as fall starts to settle in. We know you love your outdoor furniture and the fun summer memories you have created with it, which is why protecting it over the fall and winter months is a top priority. Follow these tops storage tips to keep your outdoor furniture and cushions fresh for more summers to come!
How to Store Outdoor Furniture
1. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: The right way to care for your outdoor furniture depends on what it’s made out of. To ensure proper care of your outdoor chairs and tables, remember to follow all instructions from the manufacturer.
2. Thoroughly Clean Furniture: Like storing anything, don’t store outdoor furniture until it has been properly cleaned. Any moisture or dirt left on your furniture can turn to mold, mildew or rust during the long winter months. Wicker, iron, plastic and mesh furniture can be cleaned with a solution of gentle dish soap dissolved in water. Wood furniture should be cleaned with a solution of detergent and water. Before placing in storage, check to see if your furniture needs a new application of finish or if it needs to be treated for rust.
3. Give Furniture Time to Dry: Storing furniture before it’s dry will leave it prone to damage caused by rust, mold or mildew. Take the time to let your furniture dry before putting it away.
4. Cover Your Patio Furniture: Keep your furniture out of the winter elements. Cover your furniture with an approved protective cover and store it in a dry location, like a garage or shed.
How to Store Outdoor Furniture Cushions
1. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: Cushions can be made with a variety of materials, all requiring different care. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to increase the longevity of your cushions.
2. Take the Time to Clean your Cushions: If your manufacturer recommends utilizing a machine washer, use it. Otherwise, use gentle dish soap dissolved in water and scrub with a scrubbing brush. Any leftover crumbs from long summer nights of enjoying s’mores, hot dogs and chips will be a disaster in storage. Not only will leftover food cause mold to grow on your cushions, it may also attract pests, creating a bigger issue when it’s time to take your cushions out of storage. Thoroughly cleaning your cushions before storage will set you up for many more enjoyable summer nights with your furniture.
3. Store Cushions Dry: Do not store your cushions unless they are completely dry. Any moisture trapped within the cushions could turn to mold, ruining the cushions you just spent time cleaning.
4. Store Cushions in Plastic Bags: After prepping your cushions for storage and allowing them to dry, wrap them in plastic to keep all traces of moisture out. Store your plastic-wrapped cushions in a dry location, free from extreme temperature fluctuations.
Are You in Need of a Place to Store Your Outdoor Furniture?
Properly storing your outdoor cushions and furniture will help them last longer, as well as save you from a headache when it’s time to remove them from storage again. If you’re storing outdoor cushions and furniture and you need a place that’s free from fluctuations in temperature, consider a heated and cooled storage unit. A heated and cooled storage unit will maintain a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees, best protecting your outdoor living investment. Contact one of our 18 locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee with any questions!