Inexpensive ways to prepare your summer furniture for winter

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We are only a few days away from November and that means those Michiana winters are soon to follow. So, you only have a few days left to get all of your summer furniture stored away, but what furniture can brave the winter weather and what has to go inside?

Before you do anything, one Home Depot expert says cleaning is a must. You can use a simple Dawn solution for easy stains or use ammonia, baking soda with a soft brush for harder to get out stains. For wood, you can use a Murphy's Oil soap and water solution. The best part, all of those cleaning solutions are only a few bucks.

After you clean your furniture, the next step is to put the furniture away. If you can, you should bring everything inside, that will protect it making it last longer.

If you can’t bring everything inside, you want to at least bring in anything wicker, any wood and all of those cushions inside.

Once they are inside, you want to cover them with a tarp and or cover them with car or paste wax. You want to take similar precautions with anything you leave outside.

“I know there are things that are too heavy to bring inside anyway like the slate top tables, things of that nature you can leave that out, the wind is not going to pick that up. Rod iron you can leave outside, again you may want to cover it through. There is heavy duty furniture, regular patio furniture covers, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They have some for stacked chairs, they are specific to rectangle tables, round tables, what have you, and they will just keep it extra nice,” says Home Depot Garden Department Supervisor Teresa Billingsley.

Another big question, what do you restore and what do you just throw out? Billingsley says if your cushions have small mold or stain spots they will be easy to clean. She says wood is also very easy to restore.

If you have any big tears on the cushions or a good amount of mold on your cushions, you may want to just replace them.

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