Prepare Your Patio Furniture For Winter Storage

Posted on: 6 January 2015


When colder weather arrives, many homeowners must winterize their patio furniture. The first step in this process involves preparing the patio furniture for storage. Different types of patio furniture must be prepared in different ways, depending on the material the furniture is made from. All furniture should be cleaned and repaired before being placed into storage, to ensure the furniture will be ready to use the following spring.

Wooden Furniture

Clean painted wooden furniture with a mild detergent and warm water. To dry, use a rag to wipe any excess moisture from the furniture. Your painted wooden furniture may have acquired scratches earlier in the year. Before placing the furniture in storage, use acrylic paint to touch up any areas where the bare wood is exposed.

Stained wooden furniture should be cleaned with a wood cleaner rather than soap and water. When this is done, wipe down the furniture with a moisturizing wood oil to prevent the wood from becoming dry and brittle. Never put wooden furniture into storage if it's wet.

Wicker Furniture

Use a mild detergent and a sponge to clean wicker furniture. You may need a gentle scrub brush to clean all the cracks and crevices in the wicker. Wipe down the furniture when you're done cleaning, then give the chair an extra day to air dry, as some moisture may be caught in the cracks. If your wicker set has been painted, inspect it for areas needing touch-ups before putting it away for the winter.

Wrought Iron Furniture

Wrought iron is susceptible to rust and must be protected from the elements. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners on wrought iron. With a gentle detergent, clean the wrought iron and inspect it for scratches or rust. Use sandpaper to remove the rust and then coat the chipped, scratched and rusted areas with spray paint formulated for wrought iron.

Aluminum Furniture

Wash aluminum with a mild soap and warm water, then dry it with a rag. For extra protection, coat the furniture with a layer of car wax before placing it into storage.


Remove the covers on any cushions and wash them according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the covers will not come off, wipe the covers down with a scrub brush and warm water mixed with laundry detergent. Allow the cushions to fully dry before attempting to put them into storage.

If you follow these tips, your patio furniture will be ready to put into storage.