Planning on winterizing your outdoor living space? Here are our tips!
The coming of winter means opportunities to rock a warmer stylish wardrobe, put up wonderful decor and just celebrate. And, while your outdoor living spaces like your patio will be used less frequently until it is warmer, you still need to put effort into winterizing and making sure your furnishings survive and look their best all winter. Doing so will serve you well and look beautiful next spring, summer, and beyond.
That’s why proper winterization is always vital, whether it’s moving patio items to warmer spots or securing them against the elements.
Failure to protect items from winter weather goes beyond some looking a little ragged over time. Unprotected items can actually end up broken or degraded with moss, mold or mildew.
Follow these suggestions for winterizing your outdoor living space and minimize weather damage. It will also give you a head start on enjoying your beautiful patio for when things warm up.
- Plan ahead with quality materials. When choosing the types of material for your patio, look for surfaces that correspond to the local weather climate. If you live in an area with lots of moisture, look for durable items like brick or stone that stay firm.
- Stash fabric. Cushions, covers, tablecloths and other upholstery should be brought inside for protection. Make sure items brought inside are washed before they’re put away. This removes any dirt, bugs or other contaminants.
- Scrub down fixtures. What if you saved yourself time in the spring by giving a good once-over to tables, chairs and other fixtures? Then cover them up – when you uncover them in the spring they may only need minimal clean-up!
- Bring in containers. It’s easy for pots, boxes or various gardening containers to fill with rainwater or ice and snow, then freeze and break. This can all be avoided by moving garden supplies indoors.
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