Cleaning your porch or patio doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process that you dread. There are many ways to speed up the process, while still being able to clean efficiently. Here are a few easy tips you can follow that will allow you to clean your porch or patio quickly and efficiently.
- Move everything from the patio or porch into your yard. This might include patio furniture, potted plants, bicycles, rugs, etc.
- Give any rugs or floor mats a good shake, or sweep them off with a broom before removing them from the porch. For rubber floor mats that have leaves, twigs, pet hair, and other debris stuck in the crevices, using a bucket of warm water and soap and a scrub brush or broom, wipe down the floor mat with sudsy water and scrub thoroughly. This will help clean floor mats more effectively. Sometimes even just hosing down the floor mat afterwards can help remove any debris that is still sticking to the mat. Afterwards, drape any rugs or floor mats over a rail or fence to air them out.
- Using a broom sweep all debris off of your porch and into a dustpan. Using your broom or an extendable duster, begin removing any dust or cobwebs from corners, siding, overhangs, windows, doorwall frames, and shutters.
- Using a bucket of warm water and soap or all purpose cleaner, use a cloth or wet sponge to wipe down everything that you placed in the yard. Make sure to get every nook and cranny on furniture and other items, where spiders or other insects might like to hide. Spiders are notorious for building webs and laying eggs in those hard to reach places.
- Wring out the sponge, and then re-wet it. Taking the damp sponge, give all wood and metal surfaces on your porch or patio a once-over. This might include doorwall frames, window sills, iron hand rails, siding, shutters, light bulbs or sconces, etc. You can use a microfiber cloth to dry everything off afterward.
- Check porch or patio to see if it needs swept again. The wind might have blown debris from your patio furniture cleaning back onto the floor or cement of your porch or patio. A push broom works great for this task and will help easily remove twigs, leaves, and other debris.
- Using a mop or long-handled scrub brush, and a bucket of clean soapy, warm water, mop down or brush down the floor of your porch or patio thoroughly. Sometimes a hose might also come in handy if your porch or patio is cement, or has hard to reach stains like bird poop on it. The pressure of the water from the hose can help clean any leftover debris off quickly.
- Allow the floor, siding, framework, and lighting, etc. to air dry. Then replace all patio furniture and other items to their rightful places, while weeding out any items you no longer need.