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Most people will own patio furniture at some point in their lives, and living in the Midwest means they will likely need to put it in storage for the winter. Whether your patio consists of some beach chairs and a card table, or you’ve invested hundreds of dollars in high-end patio furniture, knowing how to store it properly will extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture. In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing the right way to store patio furniture in a self-storage unit. Keep reading to learn more!
Put it in a storage unit. Close and lock the unit.
Sounds easy, huh? Unfortunately, there are a lot of steps to take before locking up the furniture in your self-storage unit! If you have kept up with our blog, you’ve seen tips about carefully disassembling furniture and wrapping it in bubble wrap, dry cleaning linens before you put them in so they don’t get musty, and the benefits of using climate-controlled storage. Well, patio furniture is designed to be outside in the elements and it’s usually not a big deal if it gets a few scratches, so why can’t you just throw it in the storage unit and call it a day?
Patio furniture is covered in dirt, dust, pollen, bugs, and other little things it picks up from being outside all the time. If you throw your patio furniture in a storage unit without prepping it first, truthfully it will probably be in the same condition when you pull it back out next summer. Unfortunately, though, it might have spread dust, moisture, and bugs to the rest of your items, making them worse for the wear.
You’ve heard us say it time and time again, but the best thing you can do before putting anything in storage is to make sure it is clean. If your furniture has fabric cushions, remove the covers and wash them, ensuring they are totally dry before they go back on the cushions. Follow the care instructions to ensure any table umbrellas are clean and dry as well.
Give all metal furniture a good scrub with dish soap and a sponge, and rinse it thoroughly with a hose. Be sure to scan for any rust or corrosion, and treat those areas if necessary to prevent the spread of rust inside of your storage unit.
For wicker furniture, create a mixture of one part white vinegar to two parts water. The vinegar will help to kill mold and mildew. You can add a big squeeze of dish soap to your mixture if the furniture is particularly dirty. Use a sponge to wipe down the entire piece, then spray it gently with a garden hose. Then, allow it to completely air dry before moving it into storage. It is best to do this on a warm, sunny day to help the wicker dry more quickly, as wicker has a tendency to soak up water and rot. Because wicker furniture is so susceptible to hiding bugs, dust, and debris in between the woven twigs, we recommend using a compressed air duster (like you would use to clean a computer keyword) to force out any lingering moisture or small particles that are caught in the furniture.
Wood furniture can be scrubbed with a soft brush and a water and dish soap mixture, then rinse the furniture until the soap is gone. If there are any stains or rotted sections that cannot be scrubbed away, you can sand these down to make the wood look clean and renewed. Once the wood is dry, repaint or reseal the wood furniture before storing it so it looks good as new when you pull it out of storage next season!
After you have freed your furniture of dust, dirt, bugs, spider webs, mildew, rust, and all the other little things it collects from being outside day and night, you can confidently move the furniture into your storage unit. While you don’t necessarily need to bubble wrap your patio furniture, it might be a good idea to cover it with a plastic sheet for a little extra protection from dust.
Summit Self Storage – Chapel Hill in Akron, Ohio is the perfect place to store patio furniture. Whether you just don’t use it, recently moved and no longer have room for it, or are simply packing it away for the winter, we have short and long-term storage options to meet your needs. Get in touch today to learn more, or reserve your self-storage unit today!