Porch & Patio Clean Up – The Right Way

The fresh warm air of spring is here! We’re going to start migrating to our porches and patios more often now, so let’s get them tidied up. We have constructed an easy 5-step plan to making your porch and patio looks brand new. We know you’re thinking, “Can’t I just use a pressure washer?” Pressure washers will actually cause severe damage to your outside surfaces over time, especially wood. To keep them looking clean and in great condition, follow our quick, little how-to.

Sweep

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Start by sweeping the entire area. Anything that gets left from the broom will stick when it gets wet and will become a much bigger pain to deal with than just sweeping.

Hose It Down: Part I

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Hose down the plants on and around the area, because by doing this, it will help whatever soap gets on the plants just slide off. If you have a garden, this is a very important step.

Stains

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Try to tackle stains first. Ways to take care of stains depends on the different surfaces you’re dealing with. With the right product, it should be quick, fast, and easy no matter the surface.

Deck Brush

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Again depending on the type of surface, select your cleaning solution and follow the directions to dilute it. Use a deck brush, or a stiff push broom, to really create some strength. Dip it in the bucket, get the surface wet, and use some serious elbow grease.

Hose It Down: Part II

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Hose down the entire area. Make sure you get all the solution off, and let it dry. Your porch and patio are complete!

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Patio Preparation For This Beautiful Weather!

Winter is coming and that means it’s time to make sure the backyard looks perfect for all the times you want to cuddle up with a blanket and hot cocoa outside! We’re here to help you make your patio space just as inviting as your interiors. Spicing up your backyard is a lot easier than you may think. With the right tools, strength, and some spare time, you’ll have the absolute best hangout spot just in time for those inviting cold nights!

If you have an open deck or an area adequate for an eating space, this project is perfect for your patio! If your flooring is similar to the one in the picture, you can start by picking a fun rug to place under your table. You can use a table that you already have or buy a new one that will fit in the space comfortably. Then, you can pick out colorful outdoor pillows and tableware for the sitting area. If you can, it’d be nice to incorporate light curtains around the space for decorative and privacy purposes. Lastly, lights must be added for that final touch of pizzazz! You can choose any hanging lights and place them to drape above your seating area. Now, you have designed the ultimate patio to help you enjoy those perfect weather meals!

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     Why not make your own day bed to lounge on this season!? There’s no reason to buy expensive outdoor furniture when you can make it yourself. There are countles wood plank projects to try, but you have to start with this one! By using pallets you can create a modern and chic patio day bed all on your own. To begin this project, you’ll need a lot of wooden planks and screws to make the foundation of the bed, which can be purchased at your local Home Depot. Once the bed is built, you’ll need a mattress to place on top. The photo below used a folding foam mattress from a folding guest bed. Then, you can paint the wood and style your bed however you please!

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     For our last idea, you can simply add some colorful paint to your existing furinture. Whether you have plastic chairs or wooden tables, a little bit of pretty paint won’t hurt! As long as your furniture can tollerate paint, this project is perfect for your patio. You can start by figuring out which items of furniture can be safely painted without ruining the material. Then, you can select your favorite fun paint colors and get to work! For a final touch you can throw in some patterened pillows like the ones shown in the picture to top off your patio. You now have a vibrant, personalized space to show off this season!upgrade your patio3

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     We hope you’ve enjoyed our patio ideas and use them as jumping off points to make your own perfect oasis. We know it’s Florida, but don’t let the cold stop you from making your backyard just as beautiful as the inside of your home! This season, be creative and let your patio be the talk of the town!

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