Summer is a great time for playing, swimming, camping and being outdoors. But if your own outdoor space is cluttered, a few summer cleaning tips can help.
If you use your outdoor areas regularly, especially if you have children, you know how quickly things can get cluttered. Combined with the normal dirt, dust, grass, leaves and other debris that piles up here and there, most yards and outdoor living areas need to be cleaned periodically.
Benign Neglect is a Clean Killer
Like most things in life, left to itself, a residential outdoor area will gradually and inevitably fall into an ever-increasing state of scruffy and unkempt landscaping and lawns. Sidewalks will begin to stain and sprout various vegetation in the cracks, usually weeds. And the general state of things will become dirtier and more cluttered over time.
On the other hand, a bit of domestic diligence on the part of a homeowner can prevent this natural tendency of decline. Outdoor spaces can retain a fresh, manicured and inviting state with clean walkways, patios or decks, and uncluttered yards free from debris.
While that sounds easy enough and simply just a bit of common knowledge, the reality is that for too many homeowners, this almost never happens. Instead, there is the fevered whirlwind attack of cleaning and pruning after a long winter, then little else gets done unless there's a big event planned with guests.
Then another fevered cleaning assault is staged.
But it doesn't have to be like that!
Hot Summer Cleaning Tips for Your Space
While much of the cleaning involved is likely to be fairly straightforward such as raking and sweeping, here are some great summer cleaning tips to speed you along your way to a neat and tidy outdoor living area.
Sweeping. Have a few inexpensive brooms in different spots around your property to use for various cleaning chores. They’re good for brushing spider webs from windows, screens, railings, mailboxes, and other structures. Sweeping your porch and patio or deck each day will easily remove any debris left weather and feet.
Patio Furniture. Plastic and finished or painted wood patio furniture can be cleaned by first rinsing with a garden hose. Mix a solution of 1/2 cup of bleach with a gallon of water in a bucket. Using a sponge, wash down your furniture items with the bleach solution and keep them wet for about five minutes. Next you want to rinse them well and let them dry. Avoid splashing plants and wear old clothes!
Rain Gutters. For many folks, the dry summer weather tends to make them forget about the rain gutters. But they can still get dirty and filled with debris even in summer. Gutter-cleaning attachments for your lawn blower or garden hose lets you blow or wash out debris easily. But avoid ladders if possible. And, If you're using the hose, you’re likely going to get wet! If you must use a ladder, be cautious when pushing leaves out of the gutters. And if you are washing the gutters out, use latex gloves to keep your hands dry and protected.
BBQ Grills. You can clean your gas grill by getting the grates hot first, then turn it off. Put a sliced lemon half on a long-handled fork or metal skewer, add salt to the lemon and rub it over the grates. The acid in the lemon cuts grease while the salt provides grit. and dip it into a bowl of salt and rub it across the grates. The lemon's acid will cut grease, and the salt acts as a scrubbing agent. Another option is to make a ball with foil, dip it in white vinegar and scrub the grates with the foil ball.
Garbage Bins. Outdoor trash cans often become dirty and even develop a bad odor, especially if you have a lot of barbecues and pool parties. The good news is that the smells can be gotten rid of easily. Just spread a light layer of baking soda at the bottom of the trash cans to absorb lingering odors. In addition, consider adding a layer of old newspaper at the bottom to soak up leaky trash residue. And, if possible, use large trash bags.
Concrete. What about concrete and masonry surfaces? Using a push broom or a leaf blower to remove debris from your patio and sidewalks is easy enough. But a good washing with a pressure washer might also be needed. Concrete and masonry can develop tough stains that don’t come out with just water. Try pouring white vinegar directly on the stains and scrub with a stiff brush. Another option is lemon juice brushed on with a stiff push broom. The acid reacting to sunlight can bleach out tough stains.
Mold Growth. Keep the shady parts of your outdoor surfaces free of mold by regularly scraping and sweeping it away. Once you’ve done that, spray some vinegar on those places to kill any remaining mold spores. For those cracks you can’t get into easily, or on brick surfaces, try mixing one cup of bleach with a gallon of water and apply the solution with a sponge. A natural or nylon-bristle scrub brush should be used to remove the mold afterwards. growth. Avoid using metal brushes since they can leave bits of wire, which will rust and leave stains.
Getting Professional Help With Your Clean Up Disposal
Yard waste can come in many forms. In addition to your major cleaning debris or the landscaping project that’s left dirt and debris everywhere, everyday activity can leave things all over your yard.
And you may also have large amounts of junk and clutter in your yard that you haven’t had time to dispose of.
Whatever it is and whatever the reason, Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly yard waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of your yard debris. Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have. Unlike the backseat of your car, our junk removal trucks are made to handle those dirty yard debris items.
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Our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home or office, and we’ll call 15 minutes before we arrive on site. Once there we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You just point, and we haul the debris into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.