Not that you would need an excuse to go outside to enjoy this beautiful spring weather, spring-cleaning the porch, deck, or patio is a perfect one to use. To help you out we have provided some helpful tips to get the job done.
Start by sweeping the porch clean of any debris. Use a putty knife to loosen dirt that may have fell in between the floorboards. Rinse the ceiling, walls and floor with a hose. You may use a bristle brush with some soapy water to help with dirty patches. If there is a stubborn stain, you may have to upgrade to a commercial cleanser. Light fixture shades that are removable can be washed inside in a sink bath. If you are unable to remove a light fixture then vacuum it out bugs and dirt. After this is done wipe with a soft cloth and some glass cleaner.
To stain or not to stain your hardwood flooring, a simple test, pour a small amount of water on the floor and wait five minutes. When you come back to check if there are small beads of water then there is no need to restain. If there are no beads of water then it is time to stain. A tip before you stain make sure to power wash the flooring allowing it to dry thoroughly before you start staining.
Don’t forget to clean your chairs and other outside furniture. All it takes is some mild oil based soap, warm water and a soft brush to clean wooden chairs. For metal chairs use some soapy, warm water and wipe. Touch up bare or damaged spots with paint specially made for meter. Make sure to coat with a clear protectant. Wicker is easily cleaned with a vacuum, after wipe with a wet, soapy sponge. You may have to use a toothbrush for tricky spots. Fabric furniture or umbrellas need to be dry scrubbed with a soft bristle brush then wiped with a soapy sponge. If mildew is present, place a half-cup of bleach and a gallon of water in a sprayer. Spray on the mildew spot, wait fifteen minutes and rinse.
Finally, after all this is done, sit back and relax on your spring clean porch.