Clean the furniture to remove all dirt and grime before putting the furniture away for the season. Squirt liquid dishwashing detergent, the type for washing dishes by hand that is formulated to cut through grease, into a bucket of warm water. Wash all surfaces. Use a brush, if necessary, to reach into crevasses. Rinse and then wipe off the water. Let the pieces air dry in the sun.
Apply one to two coats of liquid or paste wax designed for use on cars or boats. Buff the wax to a shine as directed by the manufacturer. Repeat the cleaning and waxing process about mid-summer.
Relocate the furniture to a protected area over the winter, like a basement or garage. If no protected area is available and the furniture must remain outdoors, elevate the furniture on bricks or cinder blocks to avoid the legs resting in standing water. Secure a waterproof cover over the furniture, ensuring the wrap prevents any water penetration.
Things You Will Need
- Dish detergent
- Sponge or rag
- Automobile or marine wax
- Outdoor furniture built with non-rusting material, like vinyl or wood, may have hinges or springs that could rust. Keep the furniture protected from rain and periodically lubricate the metal pieces to keep them rust-free and functional.
- If furniture is already showing signs of rust, remove the rust with steel brush or fine grade steel wool dipped in vinegar. Then, apply a rustproof primer and re-paint.