The weather is getting warmer, the pollen has finally stopped and it’s time to get outside and get those porches and patios cleaned off and ready to enjoy. Basically we will live outside from now until I am sweating more then my cold water glass on a hot day. Today I am sharing some spring cleaning tips for porch and patios, including 3 of my absolute tasks before I can begin to enjoy outdoor porch living.
I go into full blown cleaning mode on our outdoor spaces around Duke Manor Farm as soon as any trace of pollen is gone, which is generally first week of May. There’s nothing worse then cleaning everything off just to have to do it again…and again…and again. Am I right?
After everything is cleared off the porch you will want to blow everything off. Ceiling, walls and floor. If you don’t have a blower, use a broom. The blower we use is an Echo. We have used a lot of blowers around here, big and small and this one is the best ones we have had. It’s a bit heavy, and powerful but I consider it my work out.
Next I use this extended pole with a cobweb brush to get rid of anything missed on the ceiling, around windows and lights. I actually own two of these handy dandy contraptions ( for indoors and outdoors) and love the reach for taller spaces and the fact that they can take down a spider web in 1.5 seconds flat. Side note, I think the haint blue really does keep some of the buggies away. I have had far less since I painted the ceiling, which I absolutely love.
Pressure washing the floor and walls are the next order of business. For my front porch, I use a mild stone cleaner to get any dirt or stains off the floor . I also apply a gloss stone sealer 1-2 times a year to keep the stone floor nice and shiny. You can read about that here. For our wood decks I use a cleaning solution that gets rid of stains, dirt and any mildew. The pressure washer we use is from Ryobi…and it’s a work horse. It’s a bit more expensive because it is 3100 psi. which means it has a bit more pressure then most.
The last step once everything is dried, is to clean the windows. So many of us buy commercial window cleaning products, but honestly you don’t need to do that. My window guy once gave me his secret….mild dishwashing liquid, warm water and a squeegee. And guess what, no streaks. But it never fails, moments after my windows are clean…..little kid paw prints suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Now it’s time to put the furniture back on the porch, move it around a few times, fluff the pillows, make the iced tea and sit back and enjoy the season….the porch….and the company.
I hope my spring cleaning tips for porch and patios can help you get your space all ready to enjoy for the spring and summer season.
for the chance to create memories on the porch
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