Another spring has arrived and it’s time to embark on some spring cleaning for your patio. It may be dirty work that no one likes, but you will feel much more comfortable with your space when you are done. The following five patio spring cleaning tips are going to help you do it right.
1. Spring Cleaning for your Patio Starts with Grime
Grime can build up on the concrete, brick, or stone surface of your patio. It is easy to overlook the grime that builds up on your patio floor, especially since it is hard to remove. But don’t worry, there is a trick that makes this a little easier. Start by removing the furniture from the concrete and rinse the entire patio with a hose (use a pressure washer if you feel comfortable with operating one). Then, you want to concentrate on oil spots or stains. Apply a mixture of warm water and an environmentally safe cleaner and let it soak for about 15 minutes. All you need to do after this is brush the areas with a stiff broom or a scrub brush and you are done. Add a cup of bleach to this mixture if the stains are stubborn.
2. Spring Cleaning is All About Pressure Cleaning
An article on spring cleaning for your patio would not be complete without a section on pressure cleaners. These devices make cleaning the exterior of your home pretty simple, making this chore that much more effective. What you want to concentrate on are areas that would be hard to clean otherwise like the siding, exterior steps, and patio concrete. Pressure cleaners should only be operated by people who are experienced with using them, because the pressure of the water is so strong that it can cause injuries and damage to your property. If you are not comfortable using a pressure washer, seek the help of a professional.
3. Cleaning Powder-Coated Furniture
Most patios have some powder-coated metal furniture. This type of furniture looks great on your patio but can begin to show its age over time. You can bring new life into this furniture while cleaning your patio. All you really need to do is rinse the furniture, and then wipe it down with a blend of dish detergent and water. You want to use a soft brush, cloth, or kitchen sponge, but make sure that you rub gently. Be sure to rinse off any residue as best you can before moving to your next job.
4. How to Clean Teak
Teak resists mold and rot naturally, but that does not mean it won’t need a little cleaning from time to time. Sometimes, if neglected long enough, this type of furniture can develop mildew, which can damage the furniture. What you can do is make another soap and water solution. Make sure that you use a soft brush when cleaning because the surface of this type of furniture is delicate. If some stains are hard to remove, you may need to add a little vinegar to your mixture because it is stronger but still gentle enough to use on teak. Make sure you add a safe sealer once the teak is completely dry.
5. Wicker and Rattan Spring Cleaning
No patio is complete without a few rattan or wicker pieces. This type of furniture brings the entire look together, but it does need to be cleaned from time to time. The first thing you should do is blend a little mild soap with water and use a soft cloth to clean off the exposed surfaces. The next thing you will need is an old toothbrush that is on its way out. Dip the toothbrush in the soap solution and use it to clean all those little hard to reach crevices. Make sure you let the furniture dry under the sun before adding a layer of lacquer to protect it.
These tips help ensure that your patio looks great this year no matter what kind of patio furniture you have. A good, clean patio is one that you can enjoy without unsightly dirt spots on the concrete or grime on your patio furniture getting your clothes dirty.
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