Spring is right around the corner, and that means it’s almost time to make sure your patio is in tip-top shape. This is part one of our two-part series for easy ways to get your outdoor space ready to see the sunshine. Next week’s blog will cover how to prep your outdoor furniture for spring, so stay tuned!
From Bottom to Top
Start with a clean slate. Move everything off of the porch or patio first so you can reach every corner. Remember to reach eye-level places like window sills, door frames, or any spots directly next to where your guests will be seated. Also don’t forget to clean umbrella tops before you put them up for the season so the sun won’t reflect grimy shadows.
Apply Some Elbow Grease
Spray down the entirety of your patio and even your vinyl siding with a high-pressure hose. This will clear away dirt and debris without having to resort to using harsh chemicals.
Sand down splintered wood and replace broken tiles or boards. Have dirty grouted tiles or hard-to-reach cracks? Get right into them with a stiff-bristled brush if you find that the dirt is especially stubborn.
Make Your Hard Work Last
If you have a wooden porch or deck, consider sprucing it up with a new coat of deck stain or sealer. Simply sprinkle water on your deck to test whether the wood can absorb sealer or finish—If it soaks in and doesn’t bead up, your deck is ready for sealer. Remember not to apply deck product directly in the sunlight as it will usually dry up before it has a chance to absorb into the wood.
You can also seal tile or stone patios so that they maintain their gorgeous look. Find the right sealer products at your local home improvement store.
Now let’s get ready for a great spring! If you found this post helpful, then check back into The Patio each week for part two, or sign up at WickerCentral.com to receive our weekly newsletter.