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Practical (and Effective!) Ways to Clean Your Outdoor Space

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A clean, tidy outdoor space improves a home’s curb appeal. Imagine picture perfect yard with a mowed lawn and sparkling-clean patio! In today’s post, we are dishing out practical ways to keep your outdoor space clean and organized:

Clear the Clutter

Let’s face it, the yard is prone to clutter. Unfortunately, old toys, magazines, rusty tools, and other overlooked items are typically left somewhere in the yard, gathering dust and adding to the clutter. So to keep your outdoor space organized, you want to clear that clutter. Donate unwanted yet usable items and throw away broken ones that you no longer need. Clean broken up flower pots, fallen branches, and other obstructions that accumulated on the yard. Finally, give your yard a good hose down to remove unwanted debris.

Sweep the Decks

After a good hose down, wait for the deck or patio to dry. Then, sweep the patio and decks, removing dried leaves, dirt, dust, and other debris. If you’re dealing with hard to remove stains, use the spray hose attachment to blast away the stains. If that does not work, you’ll need a pressure washer to remove the stains. Use a cleaning detergent made specifically for power washers for best results.

Cleaning the Fire Pit and Grill

Fire pits add a homey vibe to the outdoor space. You can use the pit to grill meats, entertain guests, or cast ambient glow on a summer evening. You want to clean the fire pit regularly to keep it looking new for years to come. For fire pits made of porcelain, ceramic tiles, or steel, you can use an all-purpose cleanser to wipe away grease and grime. For cast iron, stone, and slate fire pit, do a spot testing first before using any detergent to clean it.

As for grills made from metal or stainless steel, you can also use a damp cloth with dishwashing detergent to remove grime. Start by removing the interior grate and clean it thoroughly with soapy water and a dishcloth. You want to scrub the grates to remove any caked-on food residue. You can also replace the lava rocks if you are using a gas grill. Rinse with water very well and wipe the components with a dry cloth before putting them back together.

Cleaning Patio Furniture

Plastic patio furniture will eventually lose its original color because of the constant exposure to the elements. You can restore your old plastic patio furniture using WD-40. Just spray WD-40 directly on the patio furniture and wipe the product with a clean, dry cloth.

For teak patio furniture, don’t use WD-40. Instead, get the pressure washer and start giving your patio furniture a good cleaning. The accumulated grime and discolored film should come right off. You want to clean any type of wooden furniture on a sunny day. Otherwise, the added moisture could ruin the finish of the wood. To keep teak furniture looking new, add a teak sealant after pressure washing.

For wicker furniture, you can use a soft brush and mild dish soap to clean the surface and remove grime. Do not use solvents or harsh detergents or the furniture will sustain damage! Finally, for powder-coated aluminum furniture, use a soft kitchen sponge and mild dish soap to wipe away dirt and grime.

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