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How to Store Outdoor Furniture and Cushions for Winter

How To | December 10, 2019

Outdoor Furniture and Cushion Storage
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The warm summer days are dwindling down, and so is patio season. If you have spent many summer nights lounging outside, having cookouts and looking at the stars, you know the value of your patio furniture. Protecting your patio furniture during the long winter nights to come will increase the longevity of your furniture, giving you more summer nights to look forward to.

Keep reading to find tips for the best way to store outdoor cushions and patio furniture in winter.

Best Practices for Storing Outdoor Furniture in Winter

To keep your patio furniture damage-free, it is important that it is store correctly. Find out how to protect patio furniture in winter below.

1. Check Manufacturer Approved Instructions

All patio furniture is made differently. Before following the advice in this post, check the tag on your furniture to find the manufacturer’s recommendations for storing your furniture. Patio furniture can be made with a variety of materials and the manufacturer should be able to advise you on the best care for your specific furniture.

2. Store Your Items in a Dry Location

If you don’t cover your furniture and cushions and store them in a dry location all of your hard work will go to waste. Store your outdoor furniture and cushions in a garage or shed. If you don’t have room in your garage or shed, consider storing your outdoor furniture in a storage unit.

How to Store Outdoor Furniture Cushions

Properly storing your patio cushions will prevent mold and mildew from forming. Learn how to store patio cushions in winter below.

1. Wash All Furniture and Cushions

Before storing your furniture, make sure it is clean. Dirt, mud and food left on furniture can rot or form mold or mildew while in storage, ruining your furniture. Metal and wooden furniture can be scrubbed with a solution of detergent and water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the furniture to ensure all detergent has washed off. If rust is present on metal furniture, treat it with a primer before storage. If wooden furniture needs repainted, take care of it before storage. Furniture cushions should also be washed before storage. If the outer cover of the cushion can be put in a washing machine, do so on a light cycle.

2. Allow All Furniture and Cushions Time to Dry

Give your furniture and cushions ample time to dry. Storing wet furniture or furniture cushions will result in mold or mildew forming on your furniture and cushions.

ezStorage Has Household Storage Solutions

Are you looking for somewhere to store your outdoor furniture where it will be dry and out of the way? Consider a storage unit! At ezStorage, we have small, medium and large units, ranging in size from 25 square feet to 300 square feet, perfect for storing any amount of furniture.

ezStorage has storage facilities all throughout the northern Virginia, Baltimore and Washington, DC areas. Our storage facilities are well-lit and equipped with state-of-the-art security cameras so you will feel safe storing with us. For additional peace of mind, Resident Managers live onsite at most of our ezStorage facilities. Contact us today with questions regarding your storage unit rental!

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