It’s important to understand how to protect your patio furniture during the colder months so you can enjoy it during the warmer months. Although most outdoor furniture is designed to last throughout the winter, you still may need to take some precautions before the cold temperatures set in. Luckily for us Texans, we still have at least a few more weeks (or even months) until winter weather truly arrives, so there’s plenty of time to prepare.
You can always contact the manufacturer directly for specific recommendations for your furniture, but here are a few general guidelines:
Metals: Most metal outdoor furniture comes with powder coating to protect against rusting, but it’s still smart to wash and coat your metal patio furniture with automotive wax for extra protection. You can touch up the furniture with car paint if it receives further scratches or damage. If you have a wrought iron piece or pieces, you can remove any rust with a wire brush and then coat with an exterior spray paint designed for wrought irons. You should also cover it with a tarp for further protection in the winter months.
Plastic: Although plastic outdoor furniture is very low maintenance, the best thing to do is just to bring it inside or in the garage for storage over the winter. Cold temperatures could potentially crack or even break the plastic.
Fabrics: If it’s easy enough, store any fabric-covered outdoor furniture somewhere dry. If not, vacuum or shake off your cushions and umbrella at the end of outdoor season. If any of your cushions contain foam, they absolutely need to be stored away for the winter. This is also a good time to wash your patio furniture fabrics either in the washing machine or with a cleaning spray.
Natural materials: If your wicker furniture is synthetic, it’s made to remain outdoors all winter. If it’s natural, the pieces should be brought inside a dry space. If you’re lucky enough to own durable teak outdoor furniture, you can choose to either let it fade to a lovely silver with time or maintain its original color by coating it with a special oil at least once a year.