Is your patio looking a little worse for wear after surviving the fall and winter? If so, you’re not alone. Fall debris and winter weather leaves patios in need of good spring cleanings before the outdoor seasons begin. Luxury Landscape Supply has what you need in order to get started on your outdoor cleaning.
1. Use a Broom or Leaf Blower to Get Rid of Loose Debris
If you’ve got a portable leaf blower or a broom, you’ve got what you need for the first step. During fall and winter, and even in early spring, lots of debris tends to collect on patios. Leaves, twigs, and even petals from flower blossoms are blowing around and getting stuck in corners. Get all of that off your patio, and then you can start to tackle the rest of the job.
2. Mix up a Simple Cleaning Solution
You don’t need a strong cleaning solution, even for the most stubborn patio gunk. Start with a bucket of warm water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Swish the dish soap around a bit to mix it thoroughly. Using bleach or other chemicals can be a bad idea for the plants around your patio, and they can also ruin your bricks, cement, or patio pavers.
3. Scrub with a Stiff-Bristled Broom
If you’ve got a stiff-bristled broom or a scrub brush, dip it in the soapy water and start scrubbing away the patio grime. Focus on the grout between the bricks and pavers to get that clean, too. You might need less elbow grease than you realize to get your patios clean. This can also be an easy way to clean off patio furniture. Grab a sponge to use the soapy water on areas that need a gentler touch.
4. Rinse Thoroughly
Next, it’s time to rinse everything off to see your progress. Odds are very good that you’ll see a much better result than you expected with just a little soapy water. Most patios aren’t incredibly dirty, even if they look like they are. In fact, sweeping your patios may be the only thing you need to do to get them in spring shape. You will still need to clean your patio furniture, however, unless you cover it.
5. Don’t Forget to Replace Burned-Out Lightbulbs
Something else that’s good to do every year is to check your exterior lights. Spring cleaning is a perfect time to do this. Turn on all the exterior lighting, particularly around your patio, and double-check that they’re all in good working order. Swap out any burned-out bulbs so you won’t be caught in the dark.
Need some tools and supplies to tackle your patio spring cleaning job? Luxury Landscape Supply in Lawrenceville, GA has what you need. Stop by our shop today.