Use the Fall Season to Prepare and Protect Outdoor Furniture

The summer heat has subsided and we’re enjoying the cool ocean breezes and all there is to love about Tybee during the fall season.  This time of year is perfect to prepare your outdoor furniture for the upcoming cooler months.  While most furniture nowadays will stand up to the harsh winter elements, there are some things you can do to make sure it will look its best next year.  After all, the happier you are with your furniture, the more likely you are to use your outdoor space for entertaining and good times!


Before you jump right in and accept that this year’s Summer season is coming to a close, keep in mind that some of the best temperatures for spending time in your outdoor space have yet to come.  If fact, you may find yourself outdoors more now than during those hot afternoons.

End of Summer Checklist to Keep Outdoor Furniture Looking its Best Year After Year

1. Know what choices you have for storing outdoor furniture.  Whether it be a garage, shed, or storage unit, knowing how much space you have ahead of time will make things easier for you when it comes time to store it.

2. If storing in a dry location isn’t possible, at least remove the cushions, wash them if possible, and put them indoors.  You can also use a mild soap and water to clean them.

3. If you have to leave everything outdoors, we recommend investing in heavy-duty, waterproof covers that will protect from the elements.  Vinyl is a durable and budget-friendly option!

4. Before covering your outdoor furniture, it’s really important to clean everything first.

How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

Clean Wicker: Power wash with a gentle spray to remove any loose dirt from between the weaves.

Clean Wood: Use a dry brush to remove loose dirt and dust, then rinse off with the hose.  Gently scrub with a cloth and soapy water, rinse, and allow to dry completely before covering.

Clean Metal: Wipe down with a damp cloth.  Remove any rust spots with some oil on a soft cloth.

-Clean Plastic: This is the easiest to clean.  All you need is soap, water, and a cloth.

-Remove Mold: Mix 2 capfuls of bleach in a bucket HALF full of COOL water.  Use a scrub brush with strong bristles and gently rub over mold.  Make sure to rinse completely and allow to dry before covering.

Once all of your outdoor furniture is clean, you can cover it and move it to where it will be stored during the winter months where it will wait in anticipation of entertaining again next Spring in Tybee!

What other tips do you have for preparing outdoor furniture for winter?

There is never a shortage of fun and things to do in Tybee so pack your bags and we’ll see you when you get here!

Contact us here at the 17th Street Inn for more information about staying with us, things to do on Tybee Island including dining, nightlife, beach activities, must see attractions and events, and any other questions you may have about the area!  We would also love for you to connect with us on our Facebook Page.

2 Responses to “Use the Fall Season to Prepare and Protect Outdoor Furniture”
  1. Good article,Agreed,good patio furniture/outdoor furniture should really be given a good care,specially because of the 4 seasons that comes.Good tips and helpful insights,you’re really helpful.

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