It’s getting to that time of year again, time to spring clean. One area of your home you’ll want to ensure is in tip top condition is your outdoor area (ready for those summer BBQs!).
To help you, here’s a list of everything you’ll need to clean, from start to finish:
For both your doors and windows, you’ll want to clean inside and out. For the windows, use windex or vinegar to ensure a streak-free finish. If there are windows that are hard to reach and you don’t want to use a ladder, you might want to consider a professional window cleaner.
Wash the door with a cloth and hot soap water, removing any grime, salt residue, and dust. If you have a garage door, you’ll want to clean this too. Again, wash with hot soapy water to remove any dirt and use a duster to remove cobwebs.
Again, you’ll need a ladder for this job and small plastic scoop (a kitchen spatula also works well) to remove debris. To ensure the debris doesn’t fall into your beautiful garden, lay down tarp underneath the ladder for it to fall on to.
Once you’ve done this, you can hose down the guttering to remove any remaining debris and to show you if you have any leaks.
Sweeping your patio will give you a good idea of the state of your patio, and whether it requires any repairs. If your patio is particularly grimey, you’ll want to use a power wash tool for a quick and easy wash. Otherwise, hot soapy water, a brush, and a fair bit of elbow grease will work well.
It’s almost certain that your outdoor lights will have accumulated cobwebs over the winter months, so dusting is essential! Once you’ve done that, use a mixture of hot soapy water to remove any grime.
Depending on the material of your furniture, there are different ways to clean it.
Plastic - all-purpose cleaner Metal - mild dish soap and water (if you detect rust, use steel wool to remove it and consider repainting the furniture) Wicker, Teak, or other wood - Soapy water and sponge or soft brush Fabric - Dish soap and warm water or washing machine (read the label)
To clean your grill, use a stuff wire brush dipped in water. If there are particularly hardened grease spots, use a grill cleaner or dish soap added to the water. Once you’ve finished, wipe with a damp cloth.
Check all the other components of the BBQ and see if they need a clean, and remember to replace your propane if needed.
And there you have it, your ultimate outdoor spring cleaning checklist.
You’re all set for garden rendez-vous, but is your laundry room? Read our laundry room spring clean checklist before you go!
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