Tips to Get Your Outdoor Spaces Winter-Ready

Posted on 04 Nov, 2019

It may not feel like it yet, but Old Man Winter is on his way. Homeowners at Weston in Santee are fortunate to enjoy Southern California’s mostly sunny winters and temperate climate. Even so, it’s a good idea to prepare your outdoor spaces for the season. Here are some steps to help you enjoy your home’s ample outdoor living spaces during the cooler winter months.

Take care of furniture.
Many of today’s outdoor furnishings are well suited for year-round outdoor use. After frequent summer use, the fall months are a good time to give furniture a good cleaning for the winter.  You’ll want to get rid of any moisture and dirt, as they can accelerate the growth of mold and mildew in the winter.

Dilute dishwashing liquid with water to clean wicker, wrought iron, mesh or plastic furniture pieces. Murphy® Oil Soap and water is a good option for cleaning wood furniture. Notice stains? With a soft brush, gently work in a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 gallon water. Rinse and let dry.

Finish off your furniture care by adding a protective coating for an added edge against the elements. Paste wax works well for wicker furniture, and a light coat of car wax is a good option for aluminum or plastic pieces. Remove any rust from outdoor metal furnishings, and then spray with a silicon sealant. For more protection, invest in patio furniture covers that can easily be removed when the outdoors beckon.

Check cushions.
Before the temperatures start to drop, check that your outdoor cushions are moisture-, mildew- and fade-resistant. If they aren’t, now may be a good time to invest in more durable fabrics that can better withstand the occasional rainy winter day in San Diego.

Even weather-resistant fabrics need some TLC, though. Clean cushions with a mixture of 1 quart warm water, 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon borax. Use a sponge to gently scrub, and let the solution soak for 15 minutes. Then rinse and let the cushions fully dry. Once your cushions are freshened up, store them in a basket or tub in a covered area of your outdoor space for easy access all winter long.

If you choose to leave cushions in place on your furniture, just be sure to shake off excess water and let them air out after a rainstorm.

Use accessories for ambiance.
A few accessories will make your outdoor space warm and inviting. Place outdoor blankets in a weather-resistant container outside so guests can grab a blanket on cool nights. Set flameless LED candles out to add some easy twinkle. Or string weather-resistant outdoor lighting around the patio or trees. If you want a bit more warmth, add outdoor curtains or roll-down patio screens to provide a temporary enclosure.

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