Its summer in San Diego, and you want your patio to look great and be ready for all that summer entertainment! Here are 3 tips to make your summer patio sizzle with beauty not heat!!!
Begin with the furniture for your patio
Once your patio furniture is again facing the light of day, get rid of the cobwebs that took up residence over the fall and winter. Anything that appears unsafe or broken should meet the trashcan. Then, check the bolts and screws and tighten any that need it.
A buildup of dirt and debris dulls the finish and shortens the life of patio furniture. Use a damp cloth to wipe off “the gunk.” If the accumulation requires more work, use a few drops of dish soap in a bucket of water, and a scrub brush. Depending on how long it’s been between cleanings, you may need to blast the furniture with a power washer. If so, we feel your pain.
Otherwise, use the appropriate products, depending on what the furniture is made of. For instance, a few drops of dishwashing detergent in a quart of warm water is fine for aluminum and even some wicker.
For moving parts and hinges, a couple of squirts of a lubricant, such as WD-40 or an all-purpose oil will quiet them.
Cleaning patio furniture is no fun…
. . .regardless of the season. But, when your neighbor gets up from the patio chair to get her steak from the barbecue, you want to make sure there are no dirt stains on their clothing from those nasty patio cushions.
Remove the cushion covers and launder them if they are cloth, and vacuum them. If they are plastic, scrub them clean with a solution of 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a gallon of warm water.
If they have mildew? Bob Vila from this old house, suggests adding one-quarter cup of borax (an all-natural mineral powdered product) to the solution and allow the cushions to soak for 15 minutes. You can even use the borax for mildew stains on the covers, depending on the material (check the labels). Purchase borax at hardware stores, some grocery stores (Walmart, Safeway and others), health food stores, farm supply stores and online at amazon.com and bulkapothecary.com.
Hose off the patio cushions to remove the solution and allow them to air-dry. Don’t rush to put the covers on until the cushions are completely dry, or you’ll end up creating more mildew.
Cleaning Plastic Furniture
Use a clean wet cloth dampened with a mixture of water and mild dishwashing detergent, like Ivory. Hose furniture off.
Tackle the rust on your patio furniture
Humidity is great for our skin but takes a toll on our metal patio furniture. The Family Handyman has several suggestions for how to rid the furniture of the red/brown stuff:
Don’t use chemicals to get rid of rust:
With ingredients such as hydrochloric or phosphoric acid, and a warning to wear goggles, a respirator mask and gloves, you know this stuff isn’t to be taken lightly. He says, at handyman.com there are “newer nontoxic and acid-free soaking solutions, such as Evapo-Rust” (which he got at an auto parts store).
Please follow every word of the instructions on the label.
Sand, scour or grind to get rid of rust:
This method can remove the paint as well. you may need to use use a power tool like a grinder, sander, oscillating tool or drill, to “keep the tool moving so you don’t gouge the metal,” according to the Family Handyman.
“Rust converter” has to be among the most arcane terms, but it can be either an aerosol spray or a liquid that you brush on, like paint.
“It kills the rust, prevents its spread and dries into a ready-to-paint primer,” according to the Handyman. Prep the surfaces by rubbing with a wire brush and then spray or brush on the product. When it dries, you can either paint the surface or, as the handy guy recommends, apply another primer and then paint.
Cleaning patio furniture is a lot of work, but well worth it when your summer soirees are the talk of the town . . . or at least the neighborhood.
Dr. Deena Stacer is a real estate agent with a PHD in psychology. When it comes to preparing your home for summer or getting it ready to sell, you want to know the best tips to attract the most buyers and bring in the most money when you sell your home. Dr. Deena offers psychological real estate strategies to help you think more like a buyer when preparing your home for sale.
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