How To Prepare Your Outdoor Area For Spring

Spring is starting to arrive in some parts of the country with the temperatures warming and snow and ice disappearing. Now that your patio and outdoor areas are emerging from winter's frozen covering, you can plan for cleaning and preparing these areas for use when the weather warms up. Here are some recommendations to help you clean and beautify your patio and outdoor furniture for this spring.

Outdoor Fabrics

Outdoor fabrics that are used on patio cushions and pillows and on an outdoor umbrella can become soiled and dirty from sitting outside during the winter. And when the fabrics absorb moisture it can lead to mold and mildew growth when they have not dried out completely, so you may need to clean them.

Make a mixture of half vinegar and hot water in a bucket, combined with several squirts of liquid dish soap. Wipe this mixture onto your patio furniture upholstery with a sponge or plastic scrub brush, scrubbing the area to work the mixture into the fabrics and lift the dirt. Be sure you open up your umbrella and place it on the ground so you can clean its surface also. The vinegar in this mixture will help kill any mold and mildew spores. Let the solution sit on your outdoor fabrics for several minutes, then rinse it from the upholstery with your garden hose and a sprayer nozzle or a pressure washer with a low-flow tip.

Plastic and Wicker Furniture

To clean your plastic or wicker outdoor furniture, you can use the same cleaning solution to remove winter residue. Wipe the solution onto the surface of the furniture, rubbing it into the surface and letting it sit. The vinegar will help eliminate any mold and mildew growth that can occur in wicker furniture, which can also cause discoloration. Use a pressure washer with a medium-flow tip or your garden hose and a sprayer nozzle to rinse the solution and dirt from the furniture.

Furniture can become brittle over the winter from the extreme freezing temperatures and from sitting out in the sun's ultraviolet rays, which can cause breakage and cracking. For quality outdoor furniture that you have invested enough money into purchasing, you may want to repair the pieces. Contact a local patio furniture repair company for a price quote and to have the work completed to restore your furniture.

Concrete Slabs and Wooden Decks

After you have cleaned and restored your outdoor furniture and fabrics, cleaning the patio or deck's surface to remove mold, mildew, and dirt will improve the area even more. Use your pressure washer and a high-flow nozzle to spray down a concrete patio, or a medium-flow nozzle to spray your wood deck. Be careful with using a pressure washer as some of the higher-pressure tips can strip the paint or sealant from your deck. You can also use a garden hose with your nozzle sprayer to clean both surfaces.

To learn more, contact a company like Simon Patio Furniture & Powder Coating, Inc.