How to store garden furniture for the winter

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How to store garden furniture for the winter?

October to January are the wettest months of the year in the United Kingdom.  With this in mind, you should have either put away your garden furniture already, or like us you have strung it out until the last moment.

You have many options with this depending on how large and how much garden furniture you have.

Most plastic furniture can be left to the elements as it can just be wiped down in the spring. However, if you have anything made of wood or metal, you should consider covering them.

Teak:

This type of furniture can either be covered or dismantled (depending on how much space you have) and put into storage.  Before doing either, you should wash it lightly with warm soapy water and leave it to dry in a warm place.  It should then be oiled and left to dry.  If this type of wood isn’t regularly oiled, it can turn silvery grey.  You can cover this type of furniture with a premium patio table and chair cover set, but you should consider elevating the furniture slightly so that the legs and feet do not get overly wet.  You should check your furniture if left outside during the winter months to ensure that there are no leaks in the covering and that the furniture is dry after any heavy rainfall.  Keep the cover free of leaves, snow etc.

Hardwood:
Similar to teak it should be washed with warm soapy water and left to dry.  You should oil it, leave it dry and then cover or dismantle and place into a shed or outhouse. If this is not possible, you can cover this type of furniture with a premium patio table and chair cover set, but you should consider elevating the furniture slightly so that the legs and feet do not get overly wet.  You should check your furniture if left outside during the winter to ensure that there are no leaks in the covering and that the furniture is dry after any heavy rainfall.  Keep the cover free of leaves, snow etc.

Plastic:

Theres no denying it, plastic comes up clean after a good wipe over and it weathers really well throughout the year too.  You could cover this type of furniture with a premium patio table and chair cover set.  It goes without saying that if you want to keep something looking new, you should look after it by covering it and protecting it.

Rattan:Rattan is UV and weather resistant so it pretty much looks after itself.  The frame is usually made of aluminium.

Our recommendation is to cover it.  Remove the cushions, give them a wash and store in a dry place inside your home (not inside a shed or outhouse).  You could cover this type of furniture with a premium patio table and chair cover set and you should consider elevating the furniture slightly so that the legs and feet do not get overly wet.  You should check your furniture if left outside during the winter months to ensure that there are no leaks in the covering and that the furniture is dry after any heavy rainfall.  Keep the cover free of leaves, snow etc.

Metal:
Metal furniture can be washed with soapy water or a pressure washer on a low setting but it is always best to store it in a garden or outhouse for the winter.  Be careful though if it has a glass or fragile table top.  To prevent it rusting, you can use steel wool to remove any rust then apply an exterior paint.  You can then apply wax to give it more protection from the elements.  If you decide to cover it, you could cover this type of furniture with a premium patio table and chair cover set.  You should check your furniture if left outside during the winter months to ensure that there are no leaks in the covering and that the furniture is dry after any heavy rainfall.  Keep the cover free of leaves, snow etc.

 

Natural Wicker:

Natural wicker should be hoovered with a soft brush attachment and wiped down with a very slightly damp cloth (not too much water as this can weaken the fibres).  Once it has dried, it should be kept in a shed or garage.  If it doesn’t come up clean, you may need to sand it, repaint it and revarnish it.  Sometimes a combination of painting and varnishing is used for this type of wicker.  If you have no storage, you should cover it if you intend to leave it outside but we would not recommend this during the winter months.  Natural wicker can be prone to mildew so you must check this type of furniture throughout the winter months.

Synthetic Wicker:

Synthetic wicker should be hoovered with the soft brush attachment and wiped down with a damp cloth.  Once it has dried, it should be kept in a shed or garage.