Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Porch, Furniture, Walls
In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at a theme that some homeowners don’t consider enough during their spring cleaning: Outdoor areas. While many typically have a yearly routine for cleaning their homes during the spring, one that may or may not involve professional housekeeping services, some don’t pay attention to some outdoor themes that also should be kept in mind.
At Healthy Homes Housekeeping, we’re happy to help a variety of Ogden clients with all their spring cleaning and maintenance cleaning needs, including every area of your home. Whether on your own or with our help, what are some of the other main outdoor areas you should be considering during outdoor spring cleaning? Here’s a primer.
Porch and/or Patio
Another common area to overlook during spring cleaning is the porch or patio. If you have either of these, it’s important to sweep them down and clean them off regularly – not just in the spring. However, the springtime is a great opportunity to give them both a more thorough cleaning.
This may include power washing if there is significant dirt or grime build-up. You may also want to consider re-sealing concrete or stone surfaces if they are starting to look worn. This will help protect them from further weathering and wear-and-tear.
Outdoor Furniture and Grill Area
Whether you have a porch, patio, deck, or other outdoor living space, chances are you also have some outdoor furniture. This may include a dining set, chairs, loungers, or other pieces — and may also include your grill and grill area. Many times, this furniture can be easily overlooked when it comes to cleaning because it’s not used as frequently as indoor furniture.
However, just like indoor furniture, it still needs to be cleaned on a regular basis – including in the spring. This may require simply wiping down surfaces or, if the furniture is significantly dirty, hosing it off and scrubbing it down.
You should also take this opportunity to inspect your furniture for any damage. This may include worn fabric, loose screws, or other problems. If you catch these early, they can often be easily repaired. However, if they are left unchecked, they can often lead to more serious damage – and may even require you to replace the piece entirely.
Finally, especially if you notice specific buildups of dirt or grime, it may be a good idea to give your home’s exterior walls a good cleaning. This is often best done with a power washer, which can quickly and easily remove dirt, pollen, and other buildups.
If you don’t have a power washer or would prefer not to use one, you can also clean your home’s exterior walls with a garden hose and some elbow grease. However, this will likely take significantly longer – and may not be as effective.
For more on these areas, or to learn about any of our basic cleaning, deep cleaning or other house cleaning services, speak to the team at Healthy Homes Housekeeping today.