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A Winter Survival Guide for Patio Furniture

Posted by Watson's on Jun 27, 2019 5:00:17 PM

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Are you prepared to say goodbye to warm summer nights spent outside with friends and family?

Fear not the end of this summer. Your patio furniture will be ready and waiting for you in the spring.

Even the most durable patio products require simple maintenance to keep their allure for many years to come, though. Here are a few simple steps to protect your investment.

Start With a Good Cleaning

Every survival guide starts with the basics. Your tools: a solution of mild soap and water and a sponge. Alternately, you can also try furniture cleaners specifically designed for patio furniture.

Using your sponge or a soft bristle brush, gently scrub this solution on the furniture frames to remove dust or spruce up vinyl straps.

Once your outdoor furniture has been cleaned and dried, the best solution is to store the furniture, especially cushions, in a dry place for the winter.

For more information, please refer to your brand’s cleaning and care instructions.

Inspect the Hardware

To ensure survival, make sure that the furniture's gear is complete and in working order.

Periodically verify all hardware is performing as it should on your seating, tables, and umbrellas.

Perform inspections to check for loosened bolts, especially the headrest bolts for chaise lounges and recliners, missing glides, or broken table clips.

Umbrellas should be kept closed when not in use and always during windy conditions. An occasional application of silicone spray will keep all moving parts in perfect working order.

Be Prepared

Now that your furniture's hardware is in good order, don’t forget to plan for potential pit-falls. This is why storage for the winter is crucial.

In milder climates, your patio furniture can be left outdoors year-round.

Waterproof patio furniture covers gently glide over your dining set, fire pit, or other furniture pieces to protect the furniture on a daily basis.

However, if you live in an area that experiences freezing conditions, water can collect and/or condense inside the frame tubing of aluminum patio furniture.

If exposed to freezing temperatures, this water could freeze causing the frame tubing to crack or burst. Avoid this disaster by storing your clean and dry outdoor furniture right side up in a dry, protected space.


These tips are courtesy of Troptione,  one of the nation’s top outdoor furniture brands. See our selection of Tropitone outdoor furniture and accessories here.

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