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Best Advice for Preparing your Outdoor Furniture for Winter

While it’s difficult to admit, the weather has been changing and it’s time to start thinking about storing your outdoor furniture for the winter. Before you let your frustration with mother nature get the best of you, take note of these great tips for winterizing your furniture. Come next spring, you will be thanking yourself.

  • Clean it Up!!

There’s no use in properly storing your furniture for an entire season without first cleaning it. You probably invested a good sum of money in your outdoor space, so take note and spend the time to clean the furniture. At best, it’ll be virtually impossible to clean come spring. At worst, it will be covered in mold and rendered unusable, costing you a lot of money and frustration.

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Before getting ready to pack up your outdoor furniture, give it a good scrub down. Usually, a solution of water and dish soap will do the trick and is generally safe on materials such as wicker, mesh, plastic, and wrought iron. That being said, always do a spot test in an inconspicuous area if you aren’t sure.

If you’re tackling wood pieces, it’s best to pick up a specially formulated cleanser that will leave your pieces spotless and condition the wood at the same time. Helpful hint: a toothbrush is a great tool for getting into small crevices that may otherwise have been overlooked.

  • Give it a Rub Down!

Depending on the type of outdoor furniture you have, you will want to add a layer of protection to help keep the integrity of the material. It’s not absolutely necessary, but doesn’t hurt and you will be happy with the results come spring.

For recycled plastic furniture, such as Polywood or Seaside Casual, because it’s made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, it is extremely durable and weather resistant. The most you will probably need to do is wipe it down with a mild dish soap and warm water. Use a clean cloth or soft bristled brush to tackle tough dirt and let air dry. Even though this material can hold up to harsh weather conditions, if you are forced to leave in elements all winter, it makes sense to cover it up for less clean up when the weather warms up.

MalibuRightArmFor wicker furniture, dust it regularly with a soft cloth, and avoid using abrasive cleaners or creams or furniture polish on it. If you see signs of mildew or mold, clean with a strong solution of bleach in soapy water. Otherwise, before storage, clean with a damp not wet cloth. If any piece gets saturated, bring it inside to dry and be careful not to bend, fold or flex any part of it while its wet. For that added layer of protection, paste wax works the best for wicker or rattan furniture.

If you have cast-aluminum or wrought-iron furniture, there are different trains of thought when preparing for winter. Wrought-iron pieces should not be left out, as it can rust easily. Since it tend to be a heavy material, it’s recommended to purchase quality covers that encompass all aspects of the furniture. If rust does appear, sand down any troubled areas and apply a silicone sealant.

Cast aluminum furniture is one of the most durable and weather resistant pieces of patio furniture that you can buy. Cast aluminum is basically rust proof so you don’t need to worry too much about moisture. There are plenty of covers that are available that fit all sorts of different shapes and sizes of patio furniture. Another added benefit of cast aluminum is that it’s super lightweight. If you’re concerned about a big windstorm or crazy snow conditions, it should be easy to move this furniture into a place away from the elements.

  • Go ahead, cover it!

Tagalys Web Banner-Outdoor CoversEven if you’re planning on storing your outdoor furniture in a shed or garage, you need to cover everything up to protect it from dust, moisture, and all those other things that are best avoided. If you’re leaving everything outside, you absolutely need to ensure that the covers you choose are weather resistant and are able to withstand the elements. We have a great selection of outdoor covers for any size furniture, to include fire pits/tables.

Don’t forget your furniture cushions need love too. They should be wiped down with a damp cloth and let air dry before storing for the winter. If you find yourself needing replacement cushions, we have a great selection of those as well and can offer pretty much any size for any brand of furniture.

The key component in prolonging your outdoor patio furniture is yearly maintenance. It’s time well spent when the next season rolls around. Outdoor decor is an investment in your home, and as such you will want to protect yourself in the long term.

 

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Ratana Collection

Vendor Spotlight: Ratana – Timeless Lifestyle Furniture

Everything we do at All Backyard Fun is in keeping with our customers, making sure that we offer the very best selection of products and follow that up with outstanding customer service. It’s this same philosophy we look for when working with different industry vendors. We always expect the same service and quality of products, so we never miss a beat.

This is why we’ve worked so closely with Ratana for the past seven years, and look to continue the relationship for years to come. They have outstanding products and take great care in providing us with the best prices, that we then pass on to our customers.

Ratana, as a company, has been around since 1980 and they signify “elegance in timeless design and exceptional quality of outdoor furniture.” Both their Park Lane Collection and Madison Collection have been mainstays for us because of the quality of construction and how great they look.

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Both collections feature superior aluminum frames that have a 4 step powder coat process. They are hand brushed so they have a wood like finish. Their modular designs allow for flexibility within your space, and the interlocking systems create a sturdy base that withstands heavy winds. Ratana uses Sunbrella fabric in many of their collections, which offers maximum comfort with minimal maintenance.

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Quick dry cushions – Wow! They use reticulated foam that allows for draining and a fast dry time, after inclement weather.

Ratana also uses a very special foam that allows your cushions to dry out faster.   They are more of an open cell structure.   This allows the water to drain through vs. holding onto the water.  In turn, allowing you to use your furinture faster. This will also help maintain the overall cushion shape.

No matter the size of your outdoor space, Ratana offers many different solutions that will make you the envy of your friends and family. We have inventory of both collections that is available to ship in 2-3 business days. Give us a call if you need help designing your space.

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*New Product Launch* ZGrills 7-in-1 Premium BBQ Grills

It’s summertime and you know what that means…it’s time to get your grill on! We are beyond excited to introduce a new line of barbeque grills, that do so much more. These 7-in-1 grills from ZGrills are ‘beasts’ when it comes grilling . Go from 180°F to 475°F with an upgraded digital control board that auto ignites the grill. Its automated electric feed system maintains the heat for you — no more babysitting the grill when you can be spending time with family & friends.

How the ZGrill Works

WOOD PELLET GRILLS vs. TRADITIONAL GRILLS

The real difference is in the taste. ZGrills use wood pellets that infuse your food with natural, wood-smoked flavors. There are many different choices of wood-smoked flavor, from oak to mesquite, or maybe pecan is something that gets your fancy. I think what we’re saying, there are many choices for flavor enhancers out there. Just play around and find what you like best.

ZGrills Master 700D

ZGrills Master 700D

ZGrills Premium 7002E

ZGrills Premium 7002E

ZGrills 450A

ZGrills 450A – Perfect for Tailgating

These grills are also known to be very versatile. The 7-in-1 feature allows you to grill, BBQ, smoke, bake, roast, braise and sear. With the digital temperature control and automatic pellet feeder, there is less labor involved with producing that perfect meal at your next BBQ.

You can see all the features of the 3 different styles we offer by clicking here.

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