Entertaining is so much easier in the summer. I have spent several years creating a large patio garden and entertaining area. (It’s my hobby so I am always changing something.) The spot is perfect for cookouts, birthday parties, impromptu evenings with friends and family, or holiday gatherings. I do a yearly spring cleaning indoors, but after looking around my patio and garden area, I discovered I needed to tackle the outdoors too. These Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips will help you be ready for any family fun you want to enjoy.
Thanks to P&G, Costco and Smiley 360 for partnering with us to create this #DetailsMatter post. All opinions are our own.
5 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips:
1. Clean The Patio Furniture and Accessories. Summers are hot and humid in Georgia. The pollen count is high and items become covered with a layer of dirt and pollen. I begin by scrubbing all my furniture and accessories. Once they are dry I check for rust spots and repaint anything that is faded or rusted. Tip: Keep a supply of Mr. Clean Erasers on hand. They are great for scrubbing grime and removing any dried paint that gets on the wrong things by accident.
2. Wash all rugs, cushions, and table coverings. I store my rugs, cushions and table coverings in our shed during the winter. A good wash is the easiest way I’ve found to perk up tired fabrics and remove any dirt or allergens they’ve picked up. I keep a supply of Tide Pods and Tide Liquid for my multiple loads of washing. (And if you have a lot of furniture like me, there will be loads and loads of laundry!)
3. Clean Glassware. Scrub those table tops, lanterns, glass picture frames wit glass cleaner and Bounty Paper Towels to remove any grime or dirt that has accumulated over the winter. I also keep an ice scraper nearby for any stubborn stains I need to tackle.
4. Remove any weeds. I’m always surprised by the amount of weeds and plants that can grow in the minuscule cracks on my patio! Remove the weeds and plants while they are still small. It’s easier to get rid of the roots of the weed this way and the plants can be transplanted into the garden.
5. Sweep and Clean the Patio Flooring. I save this chore for last because I prefer to work my way from top to bottom. This allows all the dirt to drift to the floor and I am not forced to redo something I’ve already cleaned. After I sweep the patio, I spend time mopping to make sure all the dirt is out of corners and crevices. It’s a good way to make sure no weeds grow out of the cracks too!
These are simple tips but include often overlooked details. Because details matter when it comes to cleaning, I purchased all my P& G products at Costco. I was able to get the items I’ll need in bulk and at a good price. You can find out more about why the Details Matter here. Now I’m ready to spend the rest of your summer outdoors! I’ve also included a free printable Outdoor Cleaning Checklist. Just right click and download.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?