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Packing outdoor furniture for winter storage


You’ve been enjoying yourself outdoors in your yard with family and friends during the nice weather for months on end. Unfortunately, the clear clouds and warm sunny days are ending, so it’s time to brush up on packing outdoor furniture for winter storage. You want to secure and keep it as safe as possible to improve its durability. Your safest bet would be to store your outdoor furniture in safe New York storage facilities for the winter. Preparing it for the winter is really important because you do not want it to get damaged during that period. Reparations can take a lot of time and money, so it is crucial to find the perfect place. Let’s dive into the preparation process and how you can make it as effortless as possible.

Before packing outdoor furniture, you should clean it

The most significant thing before packing your outdoor furniture and storing it is to clean it properly. That will help it remain in optimal condition before bringing it out in spring. You also might want to look at the storage units Brooklyn currently offers. You want to secure the perfect storage facility first so that you can start with the preparations of your outdoor furniture.

Man polishing wooden board.
Wooden furniture is very delicate and requires special attention.

Depending on your items, you should remove the cushions to clean the chairs and sofas. If there is tree sap on the furniture, you may need to use a soft-bristled brush dipped in warm soapy water to wash it away. Afterward, rinse it and check for further stains. An essential thing is also always to check your manufacturer’s cleaning directions before you start using any products for cleaning.

Here is also a guide for specific fabrics on how to clean them properly without damaging them at all:

  • Cushions – wash them with the recommended cleaning solution and let them dry.
  • Metal – you should wash all metal surfaces with water and detergent. Use a scrub with a brush for detailed cleaning and rinse it. A rust-neutralizing primer should take care of the rust spots and smooth it with steel wool.
  • Wood – always use a mildly abrasive sponge to avoid damaging wood since it needs special attention. Sand and paint are a must for the areas that require it the most. Also, use a transparent water-repellent and a protective coat of paste wax.

The above-mentioned steps are necessary if you want your outdoor furniture to serve you for many years. Pay attention also to moving companies in Brooklyn that offer specialized storage facilities. This way, you can find the ideal storage for your particular needs.

Get the right packing supplies

Now that your outdoor belongings are prepared for storage, you should secure them correctly. This is also crucial since you do not want dents in your metal or wooden outdoor furniture. You can prevent all this from happening by using the correct protective supplies before packing outdoor furniture.

sofa covered in bubble bags which is one of the best ways of packing outdoor furniture
Make sure to acquire many bubble bags to pack outdoor furniture safely.

Make sure to acquire a lot of bubble bags for padding as well as a lot of moving blankets. Wrap the sofa, table, and chairs with it and cover them with your thick blankets. This will protect the items from the above-mentioned things. If you have a table with a glass top, you should store those things separately. Since the glass is delicate, you want to use packing paper followed by many bubble bags. This will provide a cushion and secure the glass from breaking during transportation or packing within the storage unit. There are many long distance moving companies New York currently has that can offer you storage units in various sizes that should fit your furniture. Check them out as soon as possible to rent a suitable storage facility.

You also have the option to just store your things outside through the winter, which will probably damage all of your furniture. Even if you protect it and cover it with blankets, the cold will mostly make damage that you won’t be able to repair.  That is why you should opt for a bit more expensive version by renting a storage unit, and you will not regret it.

Look for the right storage before packing your outdoor furniture

This point can sometimes be challenging because most storage units are already rented at this time of the year. That is why you should look for the ideal storage facility as soon as possible.

storage units that you can use after packing outdoor furniture
Choose the proper storage unit for storage after packing outdoor furniture.

Check out all the options and possibilities to find the ideal storage unit that will fit your outdoor furniture. Make sure to check at least 5 units before you make a decision. This will help you get a clear overview of the services and prices. That way, you can compare them and make your decision. A climate-controlled unit is more expensive, but you want a specific temperature depending on your furniture material. That way, you will be sure that your belongings are safe during the cold winter months.

If you cannot securely pack your items, you should look for professional packers. They will bring the right supplies for the job and ensure that all your belongings are securely packed and ready for your storage unit. Also, keep track of your budget because that will determine all the additions you might want for extra security.

Packing outdoor furniture for winter storage can be tricky because it will need your full attention. You will have to be careful not to damage it during the cleaning and packing. If you prepare well, there are many great gatherings to come during spring and summer with your friends and family.

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