The cold weather is coming, that’s why it’s important to get your gazebo winterized. This process will help in the longevity of life for your gazebo, as well as get it prepared for the warmer weather. Plus, winterizing your gazebo will allow for little-to-no maintenance come Spring. We at O’Keefe Built have put together a few steps to get your gazebo winterized.

Sweep off debris: Sweep off any dirt, leaves, or twigs that might have been falling or blown onto the gazebo. This includes anything that stuck to the walls or under the benches. Take care of bugs nests and cobwebs, too, in a safe manner. Probably by fall, there won’t be anything alive, out in the open, but remove with caution just to be safe.

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“Sweep off any dirt, leaves, or twigs that might have been falling or blown onto the gazebo.”

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“Give the gazebo a good cleaning.”

Hose it down: Give the gazebo a good cleaning. Get rid of any dirt or debris you couldn’t easily sweep away. Get into the hard-to-reach areas including in between the floorboards, along with various cracks, and crevices that might be hiding some dirt and debris.

Deep Clean: Once the gazebo has been hosed down, look for any areas that might have mildew, algae, mold, and other things that might have built up. Use a natural or plastic bristle brush. Mix mold remover and mild liquid detergent in warm water and scrub gently at the affected areas. Avoid using a wired brush on your gazebo. It could end up damaging the wood.

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“Once the gazebo has been hosed down, look for any areas that might have mildew, algae, mold, and other things that might have built up.”

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“It will act as a water repellent, giving more protection during the winter months.”

Add a seal: If your gazebo is untreated, or you notice the sealant isn’t as effective as it should be, it’s advised to add a new sealant to the gazebo. It will act as a water repellent, giving more protection during the winter months. Water can crack and warp the wood causing your gazebo to become unsafe if untreated. Don’t apply the sealer over any existing stain or paint though.

Check the screws: Overtime the nuts, bolts, and screws might loosen. To ensure your gazebo stays sturdy take a screwdriver and check all of the fastenings to make sure nothing is loose.

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“To ensure your gazebo stays sturdy take a screwdriver and check all of the fastenings to make sure nothing is loose.”

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