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It’s supposed to be spring. Usually by this time of the year, we are having warm sunny weather. In fact, we often have our air conditioning on by now.
Of course this year, we had snow in May!!! So it’s not quite time for fun in the sun and relaxing on the patio with a good book! I’m still holding out hope that the nice weather is right around the corner (she says as she looks out at the cold, rainy day) and I’m going to start getting ready for it!
I can’t wait for barbecuing in the backyard and beautiful mornings enjoying a cold brew coffee on the patio. The trouble is, that after a long fall, winter and early spring, the patio is probably not so relaxing right now. In fact, it may be covered in leaves and other debris, the lawn furniture may need some freshening up, and it may just look downright drab out there.
There is no time like the present to get started on cleaning up your patio and getting it ready for spring and summer.
How to Spring Clean Your Patio
Organize Your Supplies
There are a few things that you will need in order to clean your patio and restore it to that beautiful backyard oasis you have come to know and love. Organize your materials prior to even going out there. Making sure that you are prepared is a good way to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
What You Need:
· Push broom
· Stiff brush
· Dish soap
· Power washer (optional)
Sweep it Up
Giving the patio a good sweep is the perfect place to start. Removing the debris will make it easier to scrub without setting in stains or creating mud.
· Move all the furniture from your patio and place it away from your work area.
· Remove any weeds that may have sprung up between stones, cement or wood.
· Give the patio surface a detailed sweep, making sure to remove any loose materials and debris in your way.
Scrub it Down
Once your patio is clear from all debris and loose material, you can start scrubbing. If you have a power washer, you can easily use that to rise the entire area, if you prefer to use elbow grease that will work too.
· Use a stiff brush to scrub off any tough, stuck on dirt and then wipe clean with soapy water and a sponge.
· Using your garden hose, rinse your patio off and allow to dry.
Focus on the Furniture
While you are waiting for the surface of your patio to dry, turn your focus onto the patio furniture. Before you put it back on your patio, you will want to ensure that it too, gets a good scrubbing.
· Remove any cushions that may be on your furniture. If you store the cushions over winter in another location, it is time to bring them out and give them a wipe down with a sponge and soapy water. If your cushions are machine washable, now is the best time to put them in the laundry.
· Wipe down the frames of your furniture, using soapy water and a sponge.
· Wipe down table tops using either soapy water or glass cleaner, depending on the surface. Don’t forget to get underneath tables as they can get rather grimy.
· Rinse all furniture off with your garden hose and allow to dry.
Don’t Forget the Barbecue
Now is as good a time as any to ensure that your barbecue is prepared for summer too. After all, once your patio is clean and ready, it will be time to have a cookout. I’ve got more tips for cleaning your BBQ here.
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Everything in Its Place
Once everything has had time to dry, you can start putting things back on the patio. Arrange furniture the way that you feel best suits your surroundings. It is also a fantastic idea to add little touches of colour with plants, some beautiful candles or even a few extra cushions.
Now your patio is ready for fun and relaxation! Hmmm, maybe I need to buy a hammock.