Quick and Easy Porch/ Patio Cleaning Tips


Time to head outside! Before you start using your deck or patio for outdoor fun this upcoming season, you’ll need to get rid of the dirt that built up over the winter. To get you started here are some quick outdoor spring cleaning tips!

Washing the porch and patio
After a Southern Oregon winter, your porch and patio could use a quick clearing of debris, by attaching a sprayer to your garden hose. Be sure to rinse the buildup of foliage in the hard to reach corners when cleaning. For a deeper clean, have the porch, eaves, walkways, and side of the house power washed.

Porch wipe down!
When cleaning your porch be sure to look under the eaves and porch lights. You may be surprised at what you find! Spiders and other insects will create homes in various areas outside your home making it necessary to clean all corners. To clear them out all you need is a Cobweb Poly-Fiber Duster with a telescopic pole. Walk around the outside of your home and capture any webs you find in the eves and awnings.
Light fixtures, porch screen, inside and outside glass
Outdoor glass looks attractive, but a few smears of dirt can spoil it completely. The following tips will help keep your outdoor glass clean.
  1. Door frame – With a damp cloth wipe clean around the door frame and handle.
  2. Window tracks – Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the grit and dirt that collects in the window tracks and wipe with a damp cloth.
  3. Screens – If you have a screened in porch, vacuum the screens to remove dirt and allergens. Fill a bucket with soapy water and wipe down the screens using a rag.
  4. Glass – Spray glass cleaner on both sides, then using a microfiber cloth or rag, polish to a streak free shine!
  5. All outdoor light fixtures can be cleaned using a soapy rag.
Make doormats welcoming – Shake them, wash them, swat them with a broom, giving them the toughest cleaning they can take.
Cleaning patio furniture
Clean and refresh your metal and plastic furniture, by checking out these quick cleaning tips from the experts at the DIY network.
Patio umbrellas, awnings, and other outdoor furniture
Fabric covered accessories are generally pre-treated with chemicals that help them stand up to the elements. However, they still are in need of a good scrub-down before making their debut at your first spring cookout. Follow these steps to wash away the residue of a long winter in storage:
  1. Umbrellas – Use a gentle cleanser like Biokleen to avoid wearing away the exterior coating. Mix Biokleen with warm water and use a scrub brush to remove dirt and mildew. For tough stains, repeat the process with a mixture of bleach and warm water, (always do a patch test on an unseen swatch of fabric first to ensure the color won’t be affected).
  2. Awnings – Biokleen and warm water is perfect for awnings. Rinse, extend it and scrub in the mixture. Rinse again and allow the outdoor awnings to air dry. As awnings tend to collect dust and wind blown debris, repeat this process several times throughout the season and always before storing. To prevent mildew, extend awnings and allow them to dry completely after each rain.
  3. Upholstery – For removable pillow cases and cushion covers, wash them in cold water and allow them to air dry. For pieces that require hand washing, use a mild soap and water mixture, rinse, and air dry. To combat stubborn mildew stains, dilute two tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of water and scrub in with a soft brush.
Grill cleaning
Before you fire up the grill for the season, try our quick and easy three step cleaning tips!

1. Using a wire brush to clean the grate, brush out the ashes and cooked on foods.
2. Scrape the bottom of the grill to remove the caked on debris.
3. Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and give it a good scrub down.

 

Now it’s time to relax and unwind in your freshly clean outdoor space!

~ The Cleaning Crew

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