Hard to believe that the warm days of summer are behind us, but with the Ottawa weather bringing a morning and evening chill in the air you will want to start (reluctantly) preparing your furniture for the winter ahead. Outdoor spaces have become an extension of the living space and it is very common to have a number of pieces that should be protected in storage.
High end BBQ’s, heaters and other outdoor furnishings have changed the traditional concepts of outdoor furniture from being areas of leftover furniture to being some of the showpieces of the home. Even furniture that is designed to be weather-resistant may need some extra attention with the extreme winters that Ottawa has been known for. With a little time and energy you will be able to prep your furniture for the winter, and store the other materials to allow you to keep your outdoor space looking as good as new.
The most important step in preparing your outdoor furniture for storage is a good, thorough clean. If you are looking to store your pride and joy BBQ, be sure to give it a thorough clean before it goes into storage, and to remove any propane or other fuel that should not be stored indoors. Removing moisture and dirt left on outdoor furniture will help to avoid mildew and mold that can grow in the winter months. Cushions should be clean and dry before you put them away for the winter. For metal furniture you can prepare them for storage with a quick repaint of any rust by removing the rust with a wire brush and spraying with a suitable paint.
For furniture that you will be storing outside, you will want to cover them. With Ottawa’s snow loads you may want to consider placing the furniture on its side, or piling it in a manner to avoid large, flat surfaces that will allow the snow and ice to build up.
For the best protection, you may want to opt for a self-storage unit. A self storage unit will allow you to keep you outdoor furniture protected and secured, and out of the way of that valuable garage space in the winter months.
Self storage is great for storing everything from your patio or outdoor table, hammocks, benches, lawn chairs, swing sets, and large umbrellas. During the winter months, heavy snowfall may cause your shed to be inaccessible if you ever needed anything, or even cause the furniture on your deck to collapse. A storage unit from Gladwin Self Storage will save your lawn from damage from the piled furniture, and the storage unit will keep the furniture from the abuse that the off seasons will apply.
A self storage unit can act as both a low cost and worry-free way to store your furniture out of the Ottawa winter, while preserving the condition of your items and keeping it out of the way.
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