Tips for Winterizing Your Patio: Protecting Your Outdoor Furniture and Décor
Posted on October 23rd, 2023 by Devine Bros
Winter is on its way, and if you have an outdoor patio, you know that it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your space. The snow and ice can be harsh on your outdoor furniture and décor, which is why it’s important to take some precautions to protect them. Make sure to utilize these tips when it comes to protecting your outdoor space, ensuring that your patio stays in top shape throughout the winter months.
1. Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture
Before the first frost hits, you should clean your outdoor furniture and store it indoors. This will prevent any damage that the harsh winter weather can do to your furnishings. Make sure to:
- Wash the furniture with warm water and soap.
- Once it’s dry, apply a layer of wax, which adds a protective coating, to the surface of metal patio furniture.
- If you have wood fixtures, apply a sealant to protect it.
- Then, store the furniture in a dry and weatherproof area.
- Avoid leaving anything outside, even with a cover.
2. Cover Your Furniture
If you don’t have space to store your outdoor furniture, your next best bet is to cover it with a weatherproof cover. Make sure that the surface is the right size and fits snugly to create a barrier to the elements. If you have outdoor cushions, remove and store them indoors to prevent molding. Covers should be made of water-resistant material and should be tied down securely to prevent the wind from blowing them away.
3. Protect Your Décor
Outdoor décor can add a lot of style to your patio but can also be easily damaged by the winter elements. Be sure to bring your décor indoors if possible to avoid damage from the snow and ice. Alternatively, cover any outdoor décor with a waterproof and wind-resistant cover. Likewise, any standing ceramic or metal décor that can crack due to freeze-and-thaw cycles needs to be moved to a dry and temperature-controlled zone.
4. Keep Your Patio Clean and Dry
Winter weather in our cold Connecticut climate can produce snow, rain, and sleet. These conditions can damage your patio pavers or concrete, so make sure to remove snow and ice promptly. It will help protect the patio surface and keep it clean and dry. Use a quality ice melt product to prevent ice from freezing and forming a hazard. Also, be sure to regularly sweep your patio of leaves, twigs, and other debris to avoid moisture buildup and water damage.
5. Put Away Grills and Barbecues
Your outdoor grill or barbeque should be stored in a dry place indoors during the winter if possible. If this is not an option, cover it securely with a weatherproof and wind-resistant cover. Make sure to clean the grill before storing it, and disconnect the tank to prevent it from freezing. Never use one indoors, even in a garage; such use may allow a toxic buildup of fumes and can cause injury or death.
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