Revitalize Your Outdoor Living Spaces: A Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining

As the weather warms up, our outdoor living spaces become a hub for relaxation, entertaining, and enjoying nature. However, after months of neglect during the winter season, these spaces often require some thorough cleaning and maintenance to regain their beauty and functionality. In this blog post, we'll provide you with a comprehensive guide to cleaning and maintaining your outdoor living spaces, ensuring they are ready to be enjoyed to the fullest.

Get prepared before you start! 
You Need: 
- Bucket 
- Cleaning Solution, ex. Soilmaster
- Broom 
- Scrub Brush
- Microfiber Towels 
    1. Assess the Area: Before diving into cleaning, take a walk around your outdoor living space and assess its condition. Look for any debris, damaged furniture, or areas that need special attention. This will help you plan your cleaning strategy and prioritize tasks.

    2. Clear Away Debris: Remove fallen leaves, twigs, and any other debris that may have accumulated over time. Use a rake or leaf blower to clear the area efficiently. Pay special attention to corners, under furniture, and in-between planters.

    3. Sweep and Pressure Wash: Give your outdoor surfaces a good sweep to remove loose dirt and dust. For concrete, stone, or wooden decks, consider using a pressure washer to remove deeply embedded grime and stains. Be mindful of the pressure settings to avoid damaging delicate surfaces. At Don Aslett we love using the Rubber Broom for inside & outside cleaning. Its easy to use on concrete or decks and when you are done, hose it off! 

    4. Clean Outdoor Furniture: Outdoor furniture often requires a thorough cleaning after being exposed to the elements. Wipe down surfaces with Soilmaster. Refresh Upholstery: If you have outdoor cushions or upholstery, they might need a refresh after being stored away for the winter. Vacuum or use a Rubber Brush to clean off any dirt or debris, and spot clean stains using Stain & Odor Remover

    5. Tend to Outdoor Fabrics: Outdoor rugs, curtains, and shade sails can accumulate dirt and mildew over time. Shake off loose dirt and wash them according to the manufacturer's instructions. For stubborn stains or mildew, use Soilmaster. Allow them to dry thoroughly before placing them back in the outdoor space.

    6. Revive Plants and Garden Beds: Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate your garden beds and potted plants. Remove dead leaves and debris from planters, and trim any overgrown branches or shrubs. Add fresh mulch to garden beds to suppress weeds and retain moisture. Water and fertilize your plants to encourage healthy growth.

    7. Check and Maintain Lighting: Outdoor lighting adds ambiance and functionality to your living spaces. Inspect your lighting fixtures, replace any burnt-out bulbs, and clean the fixtures if needed, with a microfiber cloth. Consider installing energy-efficient LED bulbs for longevity and energy savings.

    8. Maintain Grills and Outdoor Appliances: If you have a grill or outdoor kitchen, they may need some cleaning and maintenance. Scrub the grill grates & clean the interior surfaces with Soilmaster, and check for any gas leaks or malfunctioning parts. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for specific cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

    9. Protect and Store: Once your outdoor living spaces are clean and refreshed, take steps to protect them from future wear and tear. Apply weather-resistant sealants to wooden furniture or decks, cover outdoor furniture with protective covers when not in use, and store delicate items indoors during inclement weather. Use indoor and outdoor mats to protect your floors. 

    10. Windows: Read our Window Cleaning Blog - HERE!

By following these tips and investing some time in cleaning and maintenance, you can transform your outdoor living spaces into inviting retreats that are ready to be enjoyed throughout the season. Regular upkeep will help preserve their beauty and functionality, ensuring you can make the most of your outdoor oasis.

May 16, 2023 — Marissa Benson

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