One of the joys of living in North County San Diego is being able to enjoy our outdoor living spaces year-round. What better way to enjoy the warm breezes and sunshine of Southern California than from the comfort of your own backyard? But like any other room in the house, outdoor spaces need a good spring cleaning, too. That’s why we’ve compiled our best tips for making sure that your beautiful exterior living spaces are clean and ready for the coming season.
Clean the deck or patio
The first place to start when you’re spring cleaning your outdoor spaces is the deck or patio. Remove items, sweep, and pressure wash the floor. If you don’t own a pressure washer, then you can rent one from a local home improvement store. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner your surfaces will look when you power wash them. Repair any cracks or sagging boards that you find. If you’re feeling ambitious, then now is also a good time to repaint or re-stain your deck.
Freshen up the furniture
Cleaning and refreshing outdoor furniture is the next task on your list. Start by washing down your furniture, using a cleaning product that is appropriate for the material. Once dry add a coat of protective finish to wood furniture or repaint with a fresh, new color. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to make an outdoor space feel totally new and inviting. Wash or replace furniture cushions and wash outdoor curtains and rugs if you have them.
Tidy up the garden
Now is a great time to tidy up your garden. Remove dead leaves and other debris that has accumulated over the winter. Top off garden beds with fresh soil, compost, and mulch. Trim trees and shrubs of their dead branches. If you have any trees or shrubs that flower in the spring, then wait until the flowers have faded to prune them. Divide and transplant perennials and add spring-blooming annuals to the landscape for a quick pop of color.
Check your outdoor appliances
Dining al fresco is one of the pleasures of outdoor living. Scrub your outdoor grill and replace the propane tank if needed. If you have an outdoor kitchen, then check to make sure sinks and faucets are in working order. Check that all your wiring is intact, that gas lines are not damaged, and that your electrical outlets are debris-free. Also, check any outdoor fireplaces or fire pits for damage and give them a good cleaning if needed.
Wash the windows
“Washing windows is my favorite chore!” said nobody ever. But clean, sparkling windows can make a big difference. They let in more light and look better both inside and out. Clean the glass as well as the screens with soap and water.
Don’t forget the garage
Finally, while not technically an outdoor living space, it’s still important to give your garage a little spring-cleaning love, too. Sweep out the garage, clean gardening tools, and reduce clutter. Reorganize what you have left so that seasonal items are easy to access.