As the leaves fall, the days shorten, and the temperatures begin to drop, it’s another sign that winter weather is on its way. That also means it’s time to consider winter patio furniture protection and storing away your outdoor patio furniture. Colorado winters can be especially harsh and cold, and can take a toll on grills, fire pits, and outdoor furniture if not properly protected. Follow our tips below to safeguard your outdoor patio area so it will be ready to use again next spring.
Invest in Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers
It’s important that you protect your investment with a set of fitted patio furniture covers – no matter what season. The best patio furniture covers have expert stitching and clean angles – covers that have been perfectly tailored to keep your patio pieces snug and dry in all kinds of weather.
Christy Sports Patio carries a huge selection of patio furniture and outdoor accessory covers from RhinoWeave grill and firepit covers, to Treasure Garden table and chair covers. Constructed from advanced technology with the highest-grade fabrics, all Christy Sports patio covers have been designed and tested to be the top in the industry. They are considered to provide the best coverage solution to meet all your needs for maximum furniture cover protection. Christy Sports’ extensive inventory of patio covers offers ultimate protection from all outdoor elements without compromising style. We offer both fashion and function that will keep your patio sets safe year-round in hot, wet, windy, or freezing weather conditions.
Weatherproof with Furniture Protectant
Cleaning and protecting outdoor patio furniture is something that should be done in late fall for storing over the winter months. Christy Sports Patio has a variety of care products to keep your patio furniture and accessories looking like new, whether you have teak, wood, wicker, metal, cast iron or aluminum, or fabric furniture. Before you cover, follow these tips to maintain beautiful furniture for all seasons:
- Weatherproofing Wood Furniture – apply an outdoor deck stain and water seal; restore painted wood furniture with a Rust-Oleum restorative product.
- Weatherproofing Wicker Furniture – first, vacuum or brush wicker pieces with a soft brush to remove loose dirt. If needed, scrub with mild soap and water, then allow the pieces to dry completely before protecting them with heavy duty covers that resist fading and mildew. Going a step further, a good stain or paint seal will bring back life to any wicker piece; apply two coats, then top it with a layer of spray marine varnish. Again, wicker traps moisture easily, so if it gets under the finish, it will damage the fibers from the inside out. Unlike spray lacquer, varnish is strong enough to seal out the moisture. This can be done either late fall or in early Spring when you are ready to take out your patio furniture again. Follow up every two to three years with a fresh coat to maintain a durable, water-resistant finish.
- Weatherproofing Metal/Wrought Iron/Steel/Aluminum Furniture – all these are best treated with a fish-oil-based primer, like Rust-Oleum, as it prevents corrosion and binds to the rust to create a paintable surface. For metal or wrought iron patio furniture, clean with mild soap and water; then sand to remove any rust and touch up with spray paint – black holds up best against the sun’s rays, which here in Colorado, can be even more intense in winter. If possible, store wrought iron pieces out of the elements such as in a garage or storage shed, as even furniture covers may still trap moisture and lead to oxidation and rust. Steel and aluminum patio furniture can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water. Some steel and aluminum products are powder-coated for long-lasting color retention. You can use car wax to protect such powder-coated products.
- Weatherproofing Fabric Furniture – before storing them away for the season, clean fabric furniture, cushions, and umbrellas with a wet cloth and a mild soap solution. Some fabrics may have a water-repellent finish that loses effectiveness over time. To restore this, clean and dry the material, then apply a fabric protector, such as Fabric Guard. Repeat once a year or whenever water stops beading on the surface.
TIP: Whatever the furniture type, cover when not in use or store indoors.
Winter Protection for Your Grill
While grilling outdoors in the winter is not impossible here in Colorado’s blistery elements – some of us locals consider it a favorite pastime – it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you are one to not be inclined to use your grill until the weather warms up again, here are a few tips to protecting your grill in the off season:
- If you have a gas grill, turn off the propane gas tank and disconnect the hose. If your grill connects to a gas line, turn off the valve to the grill and the one to your home.
- Whatever type of grill you have – gas, electric, or charcoal – clean the grill, inside and out, with a stiff wire brush and a good degreaser. Don’t forget to clean the drip pan under the grill box, too; you may need to soak it overnight in hot water with a grease-cutting dish detergent.
- Use a weather-resistant grill cover to protect your grill from the elements. Universal covers fit a range of sizes and shapes, if you can’t find one designed for your model. A good cover should resist cracking and fading and drop down far enough to cover the legs of the grill.
TIP: Choose a cover that fits snugly or one with adjustable closures, so it won’t blow off.
Storing Patio Furniture
If at all possible, store patio furniture and accessories away in a garage or storage shed. Seat cushions should definitely come inside and don’t forget about the patio umbrella too! These items don’t take up much space and can easily be stowed away in a closet. You may also want to consider investing in weather-resistant deck storage, particularly such storage that doubles as extra seating.
TIP: Your patio coffee table can easily function as a storage shelf in a garage or shed during the winter months.
TIP: If really tight on space, furniture cushions and patio umbrellas can also be stored in a plastic container and easily slipped under your bed if need be.
If it is impossible to store your patio furniture indoors during the winter, your best bet to protect your investment in outdoor living is to definitely consider patio covers. So, before the snow starts to fall . . . go shopping and let Christy Sports Patio help you prepare and protect your outdoor patio from Colorado’s cold, harsh winter months. Then, all you have to do, is to sit back and wait for next summer!