As fall begins to take hold, you might feel the impulse to close up shop on your outdoor spaces and hobbies. And you’re right on time: When the temperatures start to drop below freezing at night, you should protect your outdoor furniture, tools and equipment by covering them up or bringing them inside.
Outdoor furniture and tools are, of course, designed to be used outdoors. But many pieces of gear that Forbes Vetted recommends—including patio furniture and larger items like grills and smokers—are not designed to be left outside in the snow or cold temperatures for months on end without protection. Storing this gear properly is essential to keeping it safe from mildew, mold and pests like mice. Wicker, plastic and glass can also crack under extreme temperatures.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to store all kinds of items, including:
- Gardening tools
- Outdoor furniture
- Outdoor equipment, like lawn mowers
- Grills and smokers
As you prepare for winter, you might also consider donating or selling some of your used equipment to clear clutter. If you want to ensure that your outdoor furniture, garden tools and grills stay in good shape until spring, here are the steps you should take to store outdoor items properly.
How To Store Your Gear
Grills And Smokers
Make sure all of your outdoor cooking equipment is completely clean and dry before storing it, or you risk finding unpleasant surprises later on. Grills should be deep cleaned before winter to eliminate mold and bacteria (and to make it an inhospitable nesting place for animals). Remove all ash and any other debris, then spray the grill surface with canola or peanut oil to keep the metal from rusting.