Spring has sprung and in the wonderful way only this season can provide, the weather is proving to be inconsistent. Sun, wind, rain, and grey days full of moisture, these weather conditions can be brutal on our newly uncovered patio area. Here are some hints for keeping your outdoor area looking great through spring, so when the sun is upon us in full force your furniture will still look amazing.
Is your outdoor umbrella looking sad?
Has the wind, rain, and even local bird “treasures” done a number on your element protecting patio umbrella? If so, wash it down really well with your backyard hose. Get a soft bristled cleaning brush, a gentile soap, and give it a once over in suds from bottom to top. Make sure to rise thoroughly to avoid excess soap residue. Try not to let bird dropping stay to long on your umbrella due to the acidic nature of the droppings it tends to stain the fabric. Make sure to leave your umbrella open until completely dry, this prevents mold issues that occur when closed too soon.
Trouble keeping your outdoor furniture looking clean?
Windy days during this time of the year spread all kinds of things from leaves to pollen soaring all over your outdoor area. It can be harder to keep your outdoor area looking great. However, using the backyard hose on weather resistant furniture and a good microfiber cloth can do wonders. If your outdoor furniture is not up for the hose the microfiber dampened does a great job too. If you have wicker furniture that is collecting leaves pull out a shop vac, with appropriate crevice attachments, to reach the in between places. This trick works well under chair cushions and hidden areas of all patio furniture.
Finally… is the BBQ looking like it wants some love?
The BBQ is a staple during the summer months, but in the winter it tends to sit sadly covered until Spring reminds us of corn on the cob and late summer nights. To get your BBQ in peak optimal summer working order here are some tips.
Light your BBQ and allow it to warm up. With your BBQ bristle brush rub the excess grime off your grates. Once the grates have cooled remove them and soak with warm water and kitchen soap in empty buckets. While your grates are soaking use your BBQ bristle brush to rub down the inside hood of your BBQ. After your BBQ has had a good scrub take a bowl of warm water, kitchen soap, and a heavy duty sponge and give the inside a wipe down. Use paper towels to make sure you have cleaned the excess soap if there is any.
One mistake we have all made is running out of propane right as the meat hits the grill. It’s a good idea to have two tanks. That way the backup can be switched out in case of a BBQ emergency. Keep your extra tank in a safe place away from heat, so you can easily access it in your time of need.
Now it’s time for a guest list!
Now that your yard is back to its original splendor invite your friends and neighbors over to bask in all your hard work. Poor yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy your cleanly outdoor oasis.