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 your furniture is 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.

When storing any garden furniture outside during the winter months, it is imperative to invest in some garden furniture covers.  This is the best way to maintain your furniture during the winter months.

Garden Furniture Covers (click here to view a range)

Garden Furniture Covers

Teak

Before dismantling or storing any Teak outdoor furniture, you should wash it lightly with warm soapy water and leave it to dry in a dry warm place.  It should then be oiled with Teak Oil and left to dry.  If this type of wood isn’t regularly oiled, it can turn silvery grey.  This type of furniture can either be covered and left in the garden slightly raised off the ground or dismantled (depending on how much space you have) and put into storage.  You should cover this type of furniture with garden furniture covers, but remembering to elevate the furniture slightly so that the legs and feet do not get overly wet.  You should check your furniture every few weeks 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.

Teak Oil (click here to view)

Teak Oil

Hardwood

Similar to teak wood, it should be washed with warm soapy water and left to dry before storing for the winter months.  You should oil it with hardwood oil, leave it to 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 garden furniture covers, but you should consider elevating the furniture slightly so that the legs and feet do not get overly wet.  You should check your furniture every few weeks 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.

Hardwood Oil (click here to view a range)

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Plastic

There’s no denying it, plastic comes up clean after a good wipe over or scrub.  The added bonus of this type of furniture is that it generally weathers really well throughout the year.  To avoid having to clean it or carry out minor repairs you should consider covering it with garden furniture covers.  It goes without saying that if you want to keep something looking new, you should look after it by covering and protecting it.

For a wide range of products to clean your plastic furniture click here.

UPVC Cleaner/Restorer (click here to view)

UPVC Cleaner

With 115 reviews and a 4+ star rating, this UPVC restorer is perfect for your garden furniture and works well on dirt, mould and weathering.  Can also be used on frames, doors and fascias.

Rattan

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

Before you store it for the winter remove the cushions (if any).  First, use a toothbrush to remove any stubborn debris in the grooves.  Then using the brush attachment of a hoover, remove any debris/crumbs etc.   Give the furniture a wipe down using a damp cloth dipped in soapy water.  You can then give it a light shower with a garden hose.  Leave it to dry, then cover it with a garden furniture cover.  You should consider elevating the furniture slightly so that the legs and feet do not get overly wet.  You should check your furniture every few weeks 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 tabletop.  To prevent it rusting, you can use steel wool to remove any rust then apply a metal exterior paint.  You can then apply wax to give it more protection from the elements.  If the furniture is being kept outside in the garden, you should cover it with a garden furniture cover.  You should check your furniture every few weeks 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.

Steel wire wool (click here to view)

Steel Wire Wool

This is perfect to use for preparing your metal furniture or removing excessive rust before painting with exterior paint.

Exterior metal garden furniture paint (click here to view)

Metal Paint

This is perfect for maintaining your metal garden furniture.  Available in a range of colours, Hammerite Metal Paint can be applied directly onto rusty metal thanks to a formula that has been developed to be a primer, undercoat and topcoat in one.  It gives a hammered effect finish which is smooth to touch and sheds water well whilst forming a barrier that not only seals out moisture but gives long-lasting protection, both inside and out.  Easy to use, apply it on ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The Hammerite range is designed to protect metalwork from humidity, rain and rust.

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 use a cordless sander to sand it in the garden, repaint it and revarnish it.  Sometimes a combination of painting and varnishing/lacquer or wax is used for this type of wicker.  If you have no storage, you should cover it with garden furniture covers if you intend to leave it outside but we would not recommend doing this during the winter months.  If no alternative available, you should elevate it off the ground so that the legs and feet do not get wet.  Natural wicker can be prone to mildew so you must check this type of furniture fairly often throughout the winter months (every two weeks).

Cordless Sander (click here to view)

 

Cordless Sander

This cordless sander is perfect to use on your wicker furniture.  Always ready thanks to its lithium-ion technology.  Long-life battery packs due to Bosch electronic cell protection and comes with a Velcro-type fastening for fast use.  This product comes with a free 2-year guarantee.  In order to extend the warranty from 2 to 3 years, just register the tool with MyBosch within 28 days of purchase.

Furniture Paint (click here to view)

Furniture PaintRenovate and transform furniture with this furniture paint. With a classic, smooth touch, flat matt finish, it brings a new lease of life to tired, worn-out furniture.  The paint can be used directly onto wood (bare or painted), brick, stone, plaster or any suitably primed rigid surface (metal, plastic etc.).  Create a distressed look by applying two coats in contrasting colours then sanding/scouring when dry.  Protect the finish with either finishing wax or furniture lacquer.  Water-based with virtually no odour.  Exceptional coverage in just one coat. Sometimes a combination of painting and varnishing/lacquer or wax is used for this type of wicker.

Varnish (click here to view)

Outdoor VarnishThis exterior varnish is quick-drying and durable available in gloss and satin.  It gives long-lasting protection to all external wood, has UV inhibitors.  It is touch dry in 30 mins, re-coat able in 4 hours.  Clean brushes with water.  Available in sizes 250ml, 500ml, 1 litre and 2.5 litres.

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.  If you have no internal storage space, you should cover it with garden furniture covers if you intend to leave it outside but we would not recommend doing this during the winter months.  If no alternative is available, you should elevate it off the ground so that the legs and feet do not get wet.  You must check this type of furniture fairly often throughout the winter months if left outside (every two weeks).

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