Winter Care for Your Patio Furniture

After the leaves fall and the air grows crisp, it's vital to turn our attention to preserving our cherished patio furniture. Winter can be tough on outdoor furnishings, but with the right care, your wicker, poly lumber, teak, aluminum, and fabric pieces can emerge in spring as stunning as ever. In this guide, we'll share insider tips and techniques for winterizing your patio furniture, ensuring it stays protected and ages gracefully. Let's dive into the world of Winter care for patio furniture!

Wicker Furniture Care

Wicker furniture, with its timeless charm, is a popular choice for many patios. Start by gently brushing off any loose dirt or debris. Using a soft brush and a mixture of mild soap and warm water, carefully clean the surfaces. Avoid using too much water, as wicker is sensitive to moisture. Once the cleaning is done, let the furniture dry completely in a well-ventilated area.

If your wicker furniture has cushions, remove them and clean them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Store the cushions in a dry, indoor space, covered or in a storage box.

When it comes to storage, if you have the space, you can bring your wicker furniture indoors. A garage, shed, or basement can provide excellent protection from the freezing temperatures and damp conditions. If indoor storage isn't an option, consider using a breathable yet waterproof cover. These covers should fit snugly but not too tightly, allowing air circulation to prevent mold and mildew.

Caring for POLYWOOD Furniture

POLYWOOD is renowned for its resilience and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions, making it an excellent choice for outdoor furniture. However, proper winter care can help maintain its appearance and extend its lifespan. Begin by cleaning your POLYWOOD furniture with a solution of warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the surfaces. Rinse thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners can damage POLYWOOD so it’s best to stick to mild solutions.

Once your furniture is clean and dry, inspect it for any signs of damage or wear. Tighten any loose hardware to ensure stability.  You can also use a Q-tip to apply a light coat of auto wax or mineral spirits to the hardware. While POLYWOOD is designed to endure the elements, if you live in an area with heavy snowfall or extreme temperatures, consider storing your furniture in a sheltered area. This could be under a deck, in a shed, or even covered on your patio.

For those who prefer to leave their POLYWOOD furniture out, using furniture covers can offer additional protection. Make sure the covers are made of a breathable material to prevent condensation and mold growth. It's also a good idea to occasionally remove the covers and let your furniture air out on dry, sunny days.

Maintaining Aluminum Furniture

Aluminum patio furniture is a popular choice for its rust-resistant properties. To prepare for winter, begin by cleaning your aluminum furniture with a solution of gentle detergent and water. Use a soft cloth or sponge to avoid scratching the surface. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel to prevent water spots.

After cleaning, apply a thin coat of automotive wax to the aluminum. This will enhance its shine and add an extra layer of protection against the elements. Check for any loose screws or bolts and tighten them to ensure the furniture's stability.  Check glides (designed to protect the frame and the resting surface) at the bottom of all legs. Replace any that are damaged.

In terms of storage, aluminum furniture is quite versatile. Aluminum is well-suited to withstand the cold, so it should fare well in outdoor environments. Consider using outdoor furniture covers for added protection, ensuring they are securely fastened to withstand wind and storms.

If your aluminum furniture remains uncovered, make a habit of periodically wiping off any accumulated snow or moisture. This will help prevent any long-term damage and keep your furniture in top condition.

Fabric Care

Fabrics such as cushions, pillows, and umbrellas, are often the most vulnerable to winter weather. To ensure their longevity, start by cleaning them according to the manufacturer's guidelines. This involves hand washing, or simply brushing and spot cleaning. Make sure they are completely dry before storing to prevent mold and mildew.

For storage, keep fabric items in a dry, well-ventilated area such as a closet, garage, or basement, if you live far enough inland to have basement capabilities. If you're short on indoor space, consider using weather-resistant storage boxes. These can be placed on your patio and will protect your fabrics from moisture and pests.

If you decide to leave your cushions or fabrics outdoors, covered with protective furniture covers, ensure that the covers are water-resistant and provide ample air circulation. This will help keep the fabrics dry and reduce the risk of mildew.

Throughout the winter, it's a good practice to periodically check on stored fabrics, especially if they are in an outdoor storage box. Make sure the area remains dry and free from pests.

General Tips and Tricks

In addition to specific material care, here are some general tips for Winter care of your patio furniture:

  • Regularly inspect all furniture for damage or wear, and address any issues promptly.
  • For furniture that stays outdoors, use quality covers that offer waterproof and breathable protection.
  • If using furniture covers, make sure they're fastened securely to withstand windy conditions.
  • Consider elevating furniture off the ground with blocks or stands to prevent moisture absorption from the patio surface.
  • Periodically air out covered furniture on dry, sunny days to prevent mold and moisture buildup.


Winter care for patio furniture is worth the investment in the longevity and beauty of your outdoor space. By following these simple but effective steps, you can ensure that your patio furniture, whether it's wicker, poly lumber, aluminum, or fabric, remains in pristine condition, ready to welcome the joys of spring and summer. At Porch & Patio, we're here to help you enjoy your outdoor living spaces year-round. Stay cozy this winter, and remember, a little care goes a long way!

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