When you’re home, there is no better way to spend time than lounging on a comfortable patio or deck. But these areas have endured a long, hard winter exposed to the elements and likely are not ready for relaxing just yet. Give your patio a spruce-up before the season of grilling and gathering starts. Here’s how!
- Sweep it up. Start by sweeping up stray leaves, dirt and debris with a broom. Don’t forget to clear away spider webs and old insect nests from the corners.
- Spray down surfaces. Rinse the entire deck or patio surface and spray between decking boards with a garden hose or pressure washer, taking care not to set the pressure washer higher than 1,000 pounds per square inch to avoid damaging wood. For heavily soiled or mildewed surfaces, use a deck cleaner available at your local home improvement store.
- Spruce up furniture. Get patio furniture out of storage and inspect for wear and damage. Tighten bolts and screws, and lubricate hinges. Consider repainting or restaining patio furniture if needed. Wash cushions and pillows with soapy water and rinse to remove dust and dirt.
- Set up the patio. Coordinate patio décor – outdoor rugs and mats, planters, furniture and decorative items – just as you would inside the home. Inspect, clean and test the grill. Make sure the propane tank is full, and keep a spare full tank to avoid running empty when the in-laws are over.
- Care for landscaping. Trim back any tree branches and bushes that are encroaching on your patio or deck. Pull weeds and add mulch to flower beds and around trees. Check outdoor lighting for burned-out bulbs and malfunction.
- Clean patio sliding doors and windows. Make windows and sliding glass doors sparkle by following these tips. Also learn how to keep the track system of your patio door functioning smoothly.
This summer, enjoy spending time with family and friends on your newly refreshed deck or patio!