Getting your Patio ready for Spring!
Just as you would regularly vacuum the floor and dust your furniture inside your house, you should keep your patio clean so it’s ready at a moments notice to entertain. Start in early spring with a complete cleaning.
Remove all the furniture, the grill, container plants and accessories. Give the patio a good sweeping and washing. Wash cushions and furniture frames with mild soap and clean water. Let cushions dry completely before replacing them on the furniture to prevent mildew from growing.
- Use auto polish on metal frames to make them shine.
- Use a glass cleaner on glass tabletops and don’t forget to clean the glass on the windows of your outdoor lanterns so the light shines through.
- Use a degreaser on grill grates and the outside of stainless steel grills.
- Open your umbrella and wash the fabric with mild soap and water and use a household oil on any moving parts to keep them working well.
Remove and discard any old potting soil from planters and clean the insides of pots with a bleach and water solution to kill any insects or bacteria that may have over wintered in the pots. Fill with fresh potting soil and put in new plants.
Spring is the perfect time to get moving on your patio maintenance and enlisted help to do it may end up being festive. When the weather starts to warm, it’s a good idea to make a list of all things you need to do get your patio ready. Make it fun and get your children, spouse, friends and family involved, and reward them with a nice kick-off party or barbecue to celebrate all their hard work.