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How to Protect Your Wicker Patio Furniture This Winter

The Right Outdoor Furniture Covers Can Shield Your Furniture from Harsh Conditions

Perhaps the mild fall weather has pushed winter planning to the back of your mind. Now, you have outdoor furniture that needs storing. Although some solid wood or metal pieces can stand up to the weather, your wicker patio furniture needs a little more help. Ideally, these pieces should be stored inside with controlled levels for heat and humidity. However, if you have limited storage space you can still preserve the enjoyment and integrity of your wicker set over the cold winter months with outdoor furniture covers. Take these few extra steps to help bundle up your furniture so that you will be ready to get on your patio, balcony or deck at the first sign of spring!

Before Covering Up

A mild, sunny, fall day is the perfect time to prepare your wicker patio furniture for storage. Remember all those summer evenings and weekends that you spent outside? Well, so does your furniture and wicker especially is going to hold onto those memories with dust, dirt, and maybe even dropped or spilled food build up. Take the time to wash away dirt and buildup with warm water and mild detergent. Use a dry, soft brush to sweep away anything caught in the wicker. Don’t forget to give the same attention to cushion covers or outdoor pillows. Let everything dry completely.

Keep Everything Secure

Since winter weather can become violent with high winds and snow drifting along your patio, take the time to secure all furniture by anchoring it to your deck. There are a number of ways you can accomplish this including using bungee cords. Outdoor furniture covers also help keep patio sets in place. Take some time to figure out what will work best for your space and the integrity of your furniture. Keep in mind that although stacking furniture also helps secure it, you should never stack wicker pieces as it can easily become damaged.

Bundle Up

Just as you wrap yourself up in a protective winter jacket, you should do the same for your patio set. Purchase outdoor furniture covers that fit each piece correctly and snuggly. Look for durable covers that can both withstand harsh winter elements like snow and ice, while also allowing air to circulate to avoid mold or mildew. It is important to have covers that do not allow moisture to destroy your outdoor furniture.

It will feel like the winter months were nothing but a dream when you unwrap your wicker patio set in the spring and it is ready to go for barbecue season.