Did winter destroy your deck? Prep your outdoor space for warm-weather entertaining in a weekend (or less!) with these simple tips.
The Perfect “After”
Warm weather has arrived, and if you’re lucky enough to have a porch or deck you’ll want to hang out on it as much as possible this season. Get your outdoor space ready for summer with these spruce-ups you can knock out in a weekend.
When it’s time to start cleaning off a deck that’s had a hard winter, you’ll find the leaf blower is your BFF. Use it to blow dirt off the deck and railings, then give all the furniture a good once-over. Get extra close to cushions and pillows for a fast “dry clean” that’ll blast any stubborn dust or pollen off the upholstery.
Evaluate Existing Furniture
Take a good look at your existing outdoor furniture and accessories to determine what needs to be cleaned, as well as what needs to be repaired or refurbished. Consider the fact that a repair could cost more than replacing the item altogether. Once you have a game plan, gather your cleaning supplies and clear the deck.
A Greener Clean
If you like an all-natural clean, make your own soapy solution that gets the job done and smells great. To clean outdoor furniture, you need a mixture that can cut through grease and grime. Drop one tablespoon of unscented mild soap, several drops of lavender oil and a tablespoon of sodium borate into a 16-ounce squirt bottle, then top off with hot water. You can also do your own variation of this in a two-gallon bucket of hot water for scrubbing the deck. Bonus: Bugs don’t like lavender!
Prep Before You Paint
Proper preparation is essential before you repaint outdoor items, and that includes a thorough cleaning with solutions appropriate for the finish or material. Most real wicker can be cleaned with a mild soap and water mixture. Lightly scrub any stubborn stains, then rinse with fresh water and allow to fully dry. You may also want to give any rough or peeling areas a light sanding with extra fine-grit paper, then wipe clean with a damp cloth prior to spray painting.