Tuesday June 10, 2014
Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. We all look forward to the backyard barbeques and summer get-togethers, but the truth is, getting the patio ready for all of that fun can be somewhat of a chore. Here are a few tips to help you get through your patio cleaning checklist.
- Old leaves and cobwebs can be common artifacts from winter storage. For grills, furniture and umbrellas, try using a leaf blower before cleaning to get rid of any loose debris.
- Check and replace light bulbs in any outdoor fixtures that may not have been used since last season.
- Grill looking a little dingy? Look for high temperature grill paint. These spray paints are specially formulated to withstand high heat and can be found in a variety of colors.
- Edge the patio pavers and any walkways for a fresh clean look where weeds or grass may have grown over the pavers.
Why Do You Have to Clean Your Pavers?
While pavers are known for keeping their good looks far longer than concrete or asphalt, they do require routine maintenance to keep them looking their best. In the same way you might polish your floors or wax your car, patio pavers require a sealing process that will restore them to their original look and further protect them from staining in the future. Many homeowners have turned to Seal 'n Lock, a patio cleaning system that can erase signs of harsh weather and age on your pavers. Depending on the weather and size of the area, the Seal 'n Lock system can be completed in a single day.
Added benefits include:
- Won't harm people, pets, or plants
- Provides a durable protective barrier against the elements
- Delivers a long-lasting, natural luster or enhanced wet look
- Inhibits the growth of mold and weeds
- Check cushions and pillows for mildew. Smaller accent pillows can go right in your washer's gentle cycle. For larger pillows and cushions, try the Borax solution:
Fill a commercial grade spray bottle ¾ of the way with warm water. (water must be 1st in order to prevent bubbling over) Mix in 1 teaspoon of dish detergent and 1 tbs. of Borax. Shake gently to mix and allow Borax to dissolve slightly. Avoiding grass and dirt, lightly dampen the cushions with your hose. Spray cushions, both sides, with the Borax solution. Work into fabric using soft bristle scrub brush. Allow the solution to penetrate for at least 15 minutes. Rinse off both sides thoroughly with clean water and allow them to dry in the sun. (flipping them as needed) When completely dry spray with Scotch Guard.
- Clean off any potted plant containers that were left outside. Warm water, dish detergent and a scrub brush is all you need to get dirt and grime off. Changing colors? Cleaned pots can be painted using outdoor spray paints that come in a spectrum of colors. Loosely cover the plant in plastic wrap to avoid re-potting.
Now's the time to take full advantage of the warmer weather and longer daylight hours so that later you can enjoy a summer relaxing with a good book, family or friends.