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Store Your Outdoor Furniture Safely!

The weather is cooling off, and the clouds are rolling in. The rainy season is upon us.  

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What then should we do with our patio furniture? Leaving it outside covered or uncovered is always an option, but it's even better to take it indoors. No room? Visit us at Downtown Self Storage for self-storage options. We have a few tips and tricks to make sure your lawn furniture sees many summers to come. 


Wash your pillows on the gentle setting of your washer. Wash non-removable covers with a diluted detergent. Make sure to dry all of your pillows completely, either in the machine or air dry, and then they're safe to store! Make sure to keep cushions (only once they're bone dry) in a sealed plastic bag or bin to prevent moisture and mildew. 

For the furniture itself, the treatment varies by material: 


Wood, on the other hand, requires a more delicate touch. A mixture of vinegar, baking soda (be sure to stand clear), ammonia, and water can be used to disinfect the wood, which will prevent rot. Furniture oil will then seal the wood, preventing any further damage. Dry thoroughly before storing!

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There are two types of wicker - natural rattan and synthetic rattan. Natural wicker is made of wood and is a thin, fragile material.  Synthetic is a little tougher but still needs treatment before storage. Mold builds quickly with wicker, especially in the small nooks and crannies in between woven areas. 
Work over the item with cloth, an oil-based detergent works best. Dry throughout before storing your wicker furniture.  

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Composite furniture is susceptible to freezing cold temperatures, and furniture can become brittle and break under extreme weather conditions.  Plastic also tends to fade, and keeping it in a dry place for the winter will help keep the color bright.  Wash and dry with a mild detergent and store in a dry place.

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Metal and Iron

Be sure to inspect metal and iron furniture for rust and treat any corroded areas with rust neutralizing primer, steel wool, and a fresh layer of paint. Car wax can also help to seal the metal and limit exposure. 

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Aluminum may be rustproof, but the damp, wet weather can cause the non-aluminum parts to rust and weaken in a long Oregon winter.  Also, aluminum can contract and expand, which can damage the frame of the furniture.  

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Here to help!

If you ever need a dry, safe, and conveniently located place to store your patio furniture, look no further than Downtown Self Storage! Check our website for specials and more information about your self-storage needs.  We have units of all sizes, even spacious enough for your largest garden bench!

Downtown Self Storage is locally owned and has been serving the community for over 30 years.  




Website: Davis Street 

1305 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209




Website: Johnson Street  

1304 NW Johnson Street
Portland, OR 97209


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