Can Patio Furniture Be Left in the Rain?

Patio Furniture
Patio furniture is a wonderful investment in your outdoor space, so of course you want to take care of it and make it last. Many people wonder whether it’s safe to leave it outside in the rain. Honestly? It depends. The main things to take into consideration are the material of the furniture and the severity of the weather conditions.

What Type of Patio Furniture Can Be Left in the Rain?

While some patio furniture is designed to withstand rain and other harsh weather conditions, others are not. For instance, metal and plastic furniture can generally be left outside in the rain, while wood and wicker furniture are more susceptible to damage from moisture. Additionally, furniture with cushions and upholstery should not be left out in the rain, as they can become waterlogged and moldy.

How Can I Protect My Patio Furniture When It Rains?

If you want to leave your patio furniture outside in the rain, or you’re unable to move it in time, there are a few things you can do to protect it. The best thing to do is to move what you can into a shelter such as a shed or basement, even if it’s only the cushions. Cover the rest of the patio furniture with a high-quality covering to help protect it against the rainfall. And, for those instances in which the bottom falls out and you’re nowhere near home, just make sure to lay out the pieces to dry as soon as the sun starts shining again. This will help prevent mold and mildew growth.

What About Severe Weather?

However, if the weather is severe, it’s best to bring your patio furniture indoors or under a shelter of some kind to prevent damage. High winds, hail, and heavy rain can cause significant damage to patio furniture, regardless of the material it’s made from. If you don’t have space to bring your furniture indoors, consider investing in a storage unit or covering it with a tarp.

Tips for Patio Furniture Maintenance 

Caring and maintaining your furniture will help to keep it looking new and lasting longer, even when the weather is nice. Try to clean your furniture regularly to prevent dirt and grime from building up. Use a mild detergent and water to clean metal and plastic furniture, and a soft brush to scrub away dirt and stains. For wood furniture, use a wood cleaner and a soft cloth to avoid scratching the surface. You should also store your furniture during the off-season to prevent damage from snow, ice, and extreme temperatures. Most patio furniture can generally be left outside in the rain, but the material of the furniture and severity of the storm are key factors to consider. If you’re ready to replace your current patio furniture or select some new additions for your outdoor space, Fronheiser Pools has what you need. Telescope Casual furniture offers American-made quality that lasts even when those rain clouds appear. Contact us today to learn more or stop in our Bally of Sinking Spring location to view beautiful in-stock furniture for your home in person.
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