10 Spring-Cleaning Tips for Your Porch
Get your outdoor spaces summer-ready with cleaning tips for everything from set-in concrete stains to mildewed umbrellas.
Degrime with a 10:1 solution of warm water and an environmentally safe cleaner, such as Simple Green. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, scrub with a stiff broom, and then rinse.
Stains on Concrete
Add bleach to the solution on the previous slide—about a cup for a 10' by 10' patio.
Steps and siding
Pressure wash these areas to tackle dirt and mildew. Avoid pressure washing tiles, which can loosen from the force.
Powder-coated Aluminum Furniture
Don't scrub; if the finish wears off, it will corrode. Use a soft kitchen sponge and soapy water.
Wash, allow to dry completely, and then apply a teak sealer for added protection.
Wood and Wicker
Clean with a soft brush and mild dish soap. Anything harsher could damage the surface.
Remove algae with a brush and a strong disinfectant—OdoBan works well.
Outdoor Light Fixtures
Wipe with a soft, damp microfiber cloth. Avoid chemical cleaners, which can leave behind a filmy coating.
Clean with a sponge, water, and mild dish soap. Then prop them in the sun to dry.
Use warm water and an environmentally safe cleaner to rinse away mildew, and then leave open to dry.