Outdoor living areas need spring cleaning too. Chances are, your deck furniture went through autumn and winter without much use. Mildew, dirt, leaves, and debris collect. Winter ice melt leaves a white residue on the front porch. Early spring pollen coats everything with yellow dust. When the spring weather turns nice, you want to make your patio beautiful again so you can enjoy time outside.
As soon as the weather gets nice, the neighborhood trees start to bloom. Yellow pollen coats everything outdoors—including your chair cushions! Now they have to be cleaned before you can enjoy the season. To clean deck furniture, start by spraying furniture with a garden hose to knock off loose pollen. Fill a spray bottle with water, a few squirts of dish soap and a few drops of essential oil. Spray your umbrellas, cushions, and other furniture with the cleaning mixture and scrub thoroughly with a brush. Rinse it all again with the garden hose and hang the cushions to dry.
Mold and Mildew
Mildew and mold can discolor your patio furniture, and it can lead to health concerns. The remedy for fungus varies based on the material you are cleaning.
- For wooden furniture, wipe with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, 1⁄2 cup white vinegar, and 1⁄4 cup of baking soda diluted in 1 gallon of water.
- When it comes to wicker, wipe down the outside with soapy water and then use a low-power pressure washer to get into the hard to reach spots.
- For cloth cushions and umbrellas, dilute 1/2 cup of bleach in a gallon of water. Do a spot test to check if the bleach solution fades the fabric. If not, then use a spray bottle to apply this to the mold spots and clean with a scrub brush. For fabrics that are not bleach-safe, there are other options available such as lemon juice and salt.
Winter ice melting salt can leave a white residue all over your front porch. To remove this residue, start by getting the porch wet with a garden hose. Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water and vinegar. Dip a broom in the bucket and scrub until the residue starts to come off. Rinse with the garden hose. Depending on the amount of buildup, you may need several scrub-rinse cycles. When finished, remove excess water with a wet vac.
Once your outdoor entertainment area is refreshed, you can enjoy the lovely spring weather in the comfort of your yard.
Cleaning is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. If you need help getting your outdoor living space in tip-top shape for spring, call 732-763-2711 to schedule an appointment.