7 Ways to Clean Your Outside Space Before Summer

Do you want to enjoy your balcony or garden in the summer, but you just don't have the energy to properly clean your outside spaces? We give you 7 tips so that you can do that bit of cleaning that you've been putting off!
7 Ways to Clean Your Outside Space Before Summer

Last update: 24 September, 2021

When the heat comes, family life often moves to the patio or balcony. It’s common for many people to spend more time outside enjoying the fresh air than inside. Today, we want to share some ways that you can clean your outside space before summer so you can enjoy it to its maximum.

From the grass and the plants and flowers to the garden furniture, each balcony, patio, or garden will need special maintenance. It’s a good idea to keep it in a good condition so it’s ready for the intense and frequent use it’ll get.

Below, we’ll suggest some tips that you can use to clean your outside spaces in an organized way.

Tips to clean your outside space

Try not to forget anything, but more importantly, try and follow a specific order. We suggest you take a careful look at your balcony or patio and make a list of activities to do.

This way the job will be more efficient, effective, and productive.

Here are some of the options:

1. Throw away what you don’t need

This is the first thing that you have to do when cleaning your outside space before the summer. Once you’ve reviewed every corner, throw away anything that you won’t use or repair. This way, you’ll have more space to work and renovate things.

Here, we’re talking about old furniture that you’ve been planning to restore or reuse for ages but whatever reason, you’ve never quite gotten round to it. If you have children in your family, you can donate or throw away the toys that they’ve not used for a long time.

box full of old toys to donate
You can donate any toys that the children no longer use or that they’ve abandoned on the patio.

2. Clean the furniture

Depending on the material of the outside furniture that you have, you may want to rent a pressure washer. The great thing about these is that the water comes out at a great pressure which usually provides a deep clean.

If your furniture is wood, take care not to damage the paint with the strength of the water. Once they’re squeaky clean, you’ll be able to tell if they need to be restored or retouched.

Some renovation options for wooden furniture may include using a sealant to avoid humidity, sunlight, or rainwater damaging the wood. If it’s made from plastic or metal, a lick of paint may be enough to spruce it up and protect it.

You’ll need to deep clean any cushion covers or blankets that you have on your outdoor furniture. Also, don’t forget to adjust any screws, nails, or fasteners. This way you’ll make sure that everything is in order when you go to use it again.

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3. Fix the grass to clean your outside space

When doing this, you can do several other bits as well. For example, tasks like removing weeds, adding fertilizer, sowing seeds, and fixing plants. If you decide to start with the grass, start by removing weeds, and any branches or leaves that may still be there from winter and autumn.  Once you have a clear space, it’s a good idea to spread mulch or compost to make it stronger.

When it comes to the plants, the pruning process will depend on each species. What you can do is remove any dry branches or leaves to improve how they look.

Similarly, when you’ve finished cleaning, we suggest you plant some seasonal flowers to give your garden a little more color. A medley of colorful pots will bring your garden to life!

4. Clear out your drains

Over the autumn and winter months, your drains may accumulate all kinds of waste. And, when the rainy season comes, they can become blocked. It’s for that reason that once you’ve cleaned your terrace, it’s time to turn your attention to this part.

5. Clean your outside space wooden floors

Generally, you can use a soft-bristled brush and water to get a deep clean. However, if you’ve already cleaned it and it doesn’t look much better, you could try sanding it down and coating it with varnish.

The varnish won’t just bring back the color and brightness, but also it’ll return some of the protection it has lost. You can easily clean ceramic or stone floors with water and soap.

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6. Take a look at the walls, ceilings, and corners

With a pressure washer, you can clean the walls, the corners of the roof, the gutters, and the drains. There’s also usually a build-up of old leaves and branches that may cause problems when the rain becomes more regular.

When it comes to the walls, it’s important to be careful with the machine because too much pressure could damage the paint or the joints if you have bricks or stones.

For awnings and umbrellas, you may need to use a vacuum cleaner first. After you have removed the dust, wash them with soap and water.

group of friends hanging out on a terrace after you clean your outside space
In the summer, we spend more time outside. Our outside spaces may be in a bad state because we don’t use them much in autumn or winter.

7. Get all the necessary tools

Before you start cleaning your outside space make sure you get all your tools together first. For example, you may need garden gloves, and a rake and shovel to work the ground.

Cleaning products, hoses, and tools should be ready in advance. If you don’t have them ready, you’ll have to stop halfway through to look for them and you’ll waste time.

Clean your outside spaces before summer without ending up exhausted

Using a tasks list is a great idea because this way you’ll know how to organize your time in the best way. The summer invites us to spend more time in the fresh air and to enjoy our outside spaces.

Cleaning your outside spaces before summer is essential to be able to enjoy it with friends and family. We encourage you to get each member of your social group to make their contribution when it comes to cleaning your patio or balcony. At the end of the day, they’ll all want to spend the summer there!

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