We don’t know about you, but we’re excited that warmer temperatures are around the corner and spring is not far away! As temperatures begin to rise, your outdoor living space might need some TLC so it’s ready to go when warmer temps do hit! Here are a few great tips for getting your outdoor space ready for barbecues and backyard get-togethers.
Start with a Clean Slate
Clean your outdoor space by first sweeping the area to clear away any leaves, branches, or dirt that collected over winter. Then, to ensure a fresh canvas, power wash the area to get everything clean. Don’t have a power washer? You can rent them at most large hardware stores.
Freshen up the Outdoor Furniture
Next, give all your patio furniture a good scrub. Depending on the materials, use the cleaner that’s best for your furniture.
– Teak: you can use a simple blend of dish soap and water to clean and a teak oil or teak protector to insulate.
– Iron: sand away corroded areas & use a mild dish soap to clean stains.
– Aluminum: clean with hot water and vinegar.
– Wicker: vacuum and wipe with a warm cloth.
– Plastic: clean with a blend of warm water, vinegar and dish soap.
Prepare your Flower Pots
It might not be time to plant yet, but you can get your flower pots ready by cleaning out old soil and scrubbing them clean.
Hint: don’t use soap or chemicals that might contaminate the potting soil later.
Lay Fresh Mulch
Spring temperatures can be a bit unpredictable, so if you do plant early, be sure to lay a fresh layer of mulch to help insulate plants from the occasional cold snap.
Clean Out the Grill
No need to dirty the kitchen when you can cook your meals outside! Get your grill barbecue-ready by cleaning off charred food with a wire brush or scraper. For tough messes, try these steps (be sure the grill is off and propane is disconnected, of course!):
- Soak the grates in hot soapy water for a half-hour before cleaning.
- Loosely cover the heating elements with foil (this will help trap ash and debris!), then use the grill brush to scrub the inside of the hood and grill walls. Give everything one more wipe down with a damp paper towel or cloth.
- Next, empty the drip pan into a trash can and soak in hot soapy water.
- Rinse the grates and drip pan with clean water, toss the foil and replace the grates and drip pan.
- Wipe down the exterior based on the type of grill’s material.
- Stainless-steel: clean with stainless-steel wipes
- Cast-iron, ceramic or porcelain-coated: clean with soapy water and a cotton cloth
What tips & tricks do you have for sprucing up your outdoor space? We’d love to hear, comment below!