Keep Your Patio Furniture Safe in Winter Weather

You may have furnished your patio into the ultimate outdoor hangout spot, but when harsh winter weather rolls around, you might find little use for the Adirondack chair and chaise lounge. Unfortunately, severe cold can cause damage to your patio furniture, so it’s best to keep an eye on your furniture’s condition and take action when necessary.

Ideally you should keep your furniture indoors in the winter, but if you lack the space you’ll want to cover your furniture so everything stays dry. If you do opt to cover, drain all furniture of any water that might be on or inside its parts; under a cover, this moisture will become trapped and freeze. No matter what approach you take, you’ll want to wash and scrub any piece of furniture, clearing it of any rust or debris.

Aluminum furniture should be able to withstand the cold weather. Drain it of any water that might be inside so it won’t freeze in the chilly temperature. Scrub the aluminum exterior and apply a coat of automotive wax to ensure it stays in shape. If there are any scratches, take some car paint of the appropriate color to touch it up. Your aluminum furniture now has a little bit extra protection against the elements!

Wrought iron furniture runs the risk of rusting, so if it can’t be brought inside you will need to keep an eye on it whenever it snows or rains. To remove rust, simply use a wire brush. Afterward, you’ll want to coat its exterior with spray paint that’s designed for wrought iron, or made by the furniture’s manufacturer.

Plastic furniture may seem ideal because it won’t hold moisture and won’t rust, but it may certainly become brittle when exposed to the cold. Therefore, you should keep plastic furniture indoors if at all possible.

Wooden furniture may stay outside depending on the type of wood. Hard, durable wood is safe against the elements, but if your furniture is made of soft wood like pine or cedar, it will need to go inside. Wood can absorb moisture, and when that moisture freezes you may start to see cracks developing in the wood. Can’t take your furniture in? Apply a wood sealant; it’ll stay safe. Unlike other materials mentioned here, don’t take your wood inside. It’s not worth the risk of trapping moisture that may leave cracks, mold or mildew.

Your grill will also require a little attention before being left to the winter weather. First, turn off the propane tank. If your grill is connected to a home gas line, turn of the valve. Finally, clean the grill–inside and out!–and put a cover over it.

When it comes to fabric and cushions, just take it all inside to avoid the risk of growing moldy black spots. This includes umbrellas as well. Remove dust and stains with simple soap and water.