As the leaves start changing colors, it's time to start thinking about winterizing your outdoor furniture. Cold weather, freezing rain, and snow all affect your Garden Lounge Set , tables, fire pits, and more. Prep now so everything is ready to go when the warm weather is back.

Clean the furniture

It may seem counter-intuitive to clean furniture that you will not be using for several months. But, making sure your wicker patio furniture is clean before you store it for the winter helps to prolong its life. The process for cleaning wicker furniture is easy. The short time it takes and the small amount of effort it requires pays off in dividends when it is time to use the furniture again when the spring comes. When you are cleaning the frames of your furniture, do not forget about the cushions. Make sure you dust off the surface dirt and remove any ground in dirt by spot-cleaning with a wet sponge and mild detergent. Keep mold and mildew away by spraying on a solution of 1 cup bleach, 2 cups detergent, and 1 gallon of water. Let it soak in for 30 minutes. Allow the cushions to dry completely before putting them away for the season.

Covering Your Outdoor Furniture

Some people have limited living space with no room to store outdoor furniture. They might need to store the furniture outside. Use well-fitted wicker furniture covers to protect your wicker furniture during the winter. Take measurements of each piece of furniture to avoid guesswork. Use the measurements to get the perfect fit. Certain wicker furniture makers provide customized covers for their collections. You might also need to have the cover custom-made to fit your furniture. The right fit keeps moisture and other elements off your wicker furniture. Good wicker furniture covers should:

fit each piece snugly to keep the harshness of winter weather off your wicker furnishings;

be constructed of heavy-duty fabric to stand up to the weather, leaves, animals and other outdoor elements;

be water-repellent to protect your wicker pieces against moisture damage from the snow and rain and reduce the possibility of cracking;

have built-in venting so air circulates to avoid the growth of mold and mildew; and

be durable with drawstring ties or elastic hems and reinforced seams to keep the covers securely in place on windy winter days.

Bring it Inside the Home

Some people overlook the fact that wicker furniture is versatile and can be used inside the home as well. Don't give me that look! Synthetic resin wicker has a very contemporary look and many of the modular pieces can be rearranged to fit the layout of your home. You can check out this page to see some examples before you try it out yourself!

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