As the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about protecting your outdoor furniture from freezing. Cold weather, freezing rain and snow will affect your outdoor chairs, tables, fire pits, etc. Everything is ready now, when the warm weather comes back.

Can I leave my China Custom Sunshade Parasol outside in winter?
Yes it is! The patio furniture is designed for outdoor use. However, if you do not take proper precautions, autumn and winter weather can damage your furniture. Before storing or covering furniture for the winter, be sure to clean the furniture and apply a protective sealant on it. Although it may take some time now, you will not regret it in spring. In addition, protecting your outdoor furniture in winter can save you money. Terrace furniture sets are expensive, and if they are not protected in a heavy snowstorm, they will cause irreversible damage.

The patio furniture set is covered with a thick snow blanket
How to prepare outdoor furniture for winter storage
The first thing you need to do is clean the furniture. The method you use depends on the material type of your furniture. Use the guide below to learn how to properly clean outdoor furniture based on the type of material.

Wood (not teak) Teak Plastic Wicker Aluminum Wrought iron Natural stone Outdoor fabric

Wooden furniture (not teak)
Moisture is the biggest enemy of wooden furniture. If it is not sealed, moisture will seep into cracks and ridges. When the temperature drops, the moisture freezes, causing the wood to crack. You can use furniture oil and protective sealant to prevent this.

Before using any sealant, clean your furniture thoroughly. Mix warm water with a few drops of oily soap. Use a soft brush or rag to gently scrub in the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratches.

Use the following methods to combat stubborn stains:

1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
1 gallon of warm water
Use a soft brush to scrub the stain and rinse it off. Avoid letting it get too wet (do not use a hose) so that it has time to dry completely before storage. Wipe dry with a towel or air dry.

After the furniture is dry, finish all sanding, painting or dyeing. Do this now so that in the spring you can focus on enjoying the outdoors instead of refurbishing your furniture.

Rub furniture oil on the surface to prevent the furniture from cracking or becoming brittle. This is especially important if you live in an area with cold and dry winters. Apply sealant to prevent moisture from penetrating into the wood. In the north, this water will freeze and may crack your furniture. In the south, it may cause mold and mildew. Sealants can also prevent fungi and parasites, helping your furniture to be used for many years.

Teak furniture
Teak is a beautiful wood for outdoor furniture, but it needs some extra care. Although it is a more weather-resistant and durable wood, it tends to attract mold and mildew because it contains more natural oil than other woods.

To clean, please combine:

1 cup vinegar
1 gallon of warm water
For more stubborn stains, use the following mixture:

1/4 cup bleach
3/4 cup mild washing powder
1 gallon of warm water
Scrub the wood with a soft brush. Let it sit on the wood for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. Wipe dry with a towel or air dry. If your furniture is left unprotected for a long time, you may need to use a higher concentration cleaning solution purchased in the store. After the furniture is dry, apply linseed or tung oil.

Plastic furniture
Freezing temperature will make plastic furniture brittle. Repeated changes in temperature will wear down the integrity of the plastic, leading to cracks and fractures.

Use hoses to flush plastic furniture. Mix ¼ cup of mild detergent in a gallon of warm water. Use a soft brush or sponge to scrub the furniture. Rinse and dry before storing.

Wicker furniture
Check whether your wicker furniture is natural rattan or synthetic material (also called resin wicker). Natural wicker furniture will shatter over time, so you need to be extra careful when washing it. Wash the real rattan as little as possible to avoid chipping.

To clean natural wicker, mix a few drops of mild oily soap in a gallon of warm water. Moisten a soft cloth and scrub gently. Use a spray bottle to lightly spray the furniture to rinse off the soap. Immediately wipe dry with a soft towel or air dry in the sun.

Synthetic or resin wicker usually has an anti-ultraviolet and weather-resistant coating to make it more durable. If your furniture is not very dirty, just spray it with a hose and dry it. If spraying is not enough, use the same mixture as authentic wicker furniture. Wipe dry with a towel or dry in the sun.

Aluminum furniture
Aluminum hardly rusts, so the rain itself will not cause too many problems. However, most aluminum outdoor furniture frames include holes to help drain water, but these holes also let water in. As the winter temperature fluctuates above and below freezing, the water freezes and melts, which may weaken the frame. Make sure your aluminum furniture is completely dry before storing to avoid this.

Scrub the Portable Easy Pop Up Gazebo with a few drops of mild detergent and warm water. After drying, look for any scratches and repair them with paint as needed. You can also apply a layer of car wax to provide additional protection.