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Need advice on protecting patio table!

Nancy Adamopoulos
13 years ago

This is a bit OT, but I figured someone on this board may have some advice(I've cross posted in porches and decks and furniture forums(but they don't seem to get as much traffic)

My previous post about choosing a patio table fell off the board. But this is the table we ended up with (96x48 in size)

We had the new patio table delivered late in the season. It's composition is described as: "Our tabletops are made of stained glass and a natural cement-like stone blend (similar to a statuary piece)"

We cannot move the table inside for the winter(It is very large(96" x 48") and weighs almost 800lbs.

The weather had been nice up until this week. We hadn't covered it for the winter yet. However, in the last few days we received about an inch or 2 of unexpected snow followed by rain. Once the rain stops, does the table top have to be completely dry before putting the cover on? Should I dry it first?(obviously I will wipe it down as much as possible before covering it) How would I go about doing that if the temp outside is in the 40's.(?hair dryer at low temp?)? I worry about the moisture freezing and causing hairline cracks in the table top (forecast is for freezing temps later this week)

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


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