It is December and you are sitting around your outdoor fire pit sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the quiet in the warm night air. For those of us who live in colder climates, that scene is just a dream, because our patios get little use during the winter months.
When the nighttime air temperature drops down to the teens and the wind chill is less than zero, the last thing you want to do is sit outdoors. Instead of just letting your patio fend for itself during those cold, snowy months though, it is a good idea to prepare it for the long winter ahead.
Patio furniture is made to withstand the elements, but patio cushions are not. When I first got my patio furniture I made the mistake of leaving the beautiful new cushions outside during the first snowstorm. Needless to say, those cushions were no longer new and they were definitely far from beautiful by the time spring rolled around. I learned the hard way that the best thing to do is invest in some weatherproof covers for your patio furniture frames and bring your cushions indoors during the winter months.
By covering the frames you help reduce rust and rot. It also makes them a bit easier to clean when the warmer weather rolls around. After washing and wiping down the cushions, let them dry completely and store them in a large plastic trash bag. Be careful where you store the trash bag however, as mice love to snuggle up in the warm, fluffy cushion material during the cold months.
Accessories on your patio in winter
If you are like me, decorating the patio is a lot of fun. Instead of leaving all of your decorations up to be ruined by the snow and ice of the winter season, store them in a large plastic container. Make sure to label the container and place it with the patio cushions. This way everything is together when you want to redecorate in the spring and summer. Do not forget to take down your metal wall art pieces, as they may rust during the winter too!
Outdoor living space flooring options
Most patios are created with pavers of a slab of cement. It is important to clear the area of snow and ice especially during the winter months to keep the flooring intact. Ice that gets between the pavers can cause your patio to look uneven and buckled come spring. It is also a good idea to use ice melting pellets that are eco- and pet-safe on any area where your family or pets will be walking.
By taking care of your patio furniture and area before and during the winter season, you can be assured that you will have a space to enjoy in the warmer weather. If you neglect the space during the cold months, be prepared for some major clean-up and possible damage when you head out to enjoy a glass of wine by your fire pit in the spring. A little preventative maintenance and upkeep can save you a lot of time, money, and energy!