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Guest Post – The No-Dampness Guide to Storing Garden Furniture

07/08/2015 by Mick Stoney

Intro from Mick: When my sister Janet moved house from Bradford to Cardiff, she used Easystore Self Storage to temporarily store her household belongings until her new home was ready. The team at Easystore approached me with this guest blog post about garden furniture storage and I said that I’d be happy to post it – especially as we’ll soon be approaching the Autumn months. I hope you find it useful!

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The Great British Weather is not a match made in heaven for garden furniture. Whether you’re using real wood, wrought iron, rattan or plastic furniture on your patio, simply shoving it in the shed when the drizzle descends can lead to soggy, mildewy furniture which you’re not going to want to use next summer.

From deckchairs covered in cobwebs, to tables that give off a distinctly damp aroma, it’s time that we get better at looking after our outdoor furniture. These tips will help to keep your tables and chairs in great condition all year round, whether they’re in hibernation for the winter or simply sheltered from summer downpours.

1) Keep an eye on the weather

Storing garden furniture when it’s wet is never a good idea. You may have popped it under cover for just a day or two until the sun comes out, but if the sun fails to shine on the UK right up until October, you’ll be faced with a shed or garage stuffed with damp furniture. This is particularly bad news for wooden, rattan and metal furniture, which can quickly become rotten, mouldy and rusty.

To prevent this problem, try to keep a close eye on the weather in order to avoid your garden furniture getting a drenching. If it does get caught in the rain, make sure that you give it a good airing and a chance to dry out in the open once the rain stops.

2) Consider covers

Not all of us have the space to store bulky outdoor furniture during inclement weather and the winter months. If you don’t have a garage or shed with space to stash your furniture, investing in waterproof covers can help to keep furniture looking good and performing well for longer. Of course, many pieces of outdoor equipment are designed to weather whatever the elements have to throw at them, but nothing lasts forever. Protecting each piece as best you can will help lengthen its useful, usable life.

3) Clean it up

When the summer is over and it’s time to put away the patio set and hunker down from October onwards, giving your garden furniture a clean is a good idea. This will prevent mould from growing, spreading and damaging your items. A simple wash with warm soapy water should do the trick, but make sure that you complete this task on a dry day, giving your furniture time to dry completely before you store it away.

4) Keep it dry

From dripping sheds to leaky garages, our outbuildings are rarely the most weather-proof spaces in our homes. But to keep your furniture in mint condition ready for next year, storing it in a clean, dry space is essential. Before you pack everything up for the winter, do some maintenance on your storage space. Give it a good clean to avoid infiltration by creepy crawlies and fix any leaks to maximise your chances of keeping your furniture cobweb-free and as dry as a bone.

5) Invest in storage space

No matter how well maintained they are, sheds and garages are not ideal for garden furniture storage, offering less-than-perfect protection from the elements during wetter, colder months. If you’d like to keep your outdoor furniture in pristine condition, renting a good quality storage space is a great consideration. Accessible, dry and well maintained, affordable storage spaces can keep your furniture in perfect condition and create more space in your home as well… What could you do with your empty shed?

Easystore Self Storage offers easy-to-access, affordable storage spaces in Cardiff and Bridgend, South Wales. To find out more about storing your garden furniture with Easystore, visit the team online.

[Image credit – Elite Balustrade]

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