Cleaning Tips for Summertime

Cleaning Tips for Summertime

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Summer is finally here, and with it comes a lot of fun, memories, and time spent with friends and family. Unfortunately, summer comes with its own house cleaning concerns, too. How do you handle that messy grill? What about your patio furniture?

Don’t worry, a few simple cleaning tricks will make these summer jobs a breeze so you can get back to enjoying the season!

Outdoor Furniture. Make cleaning outdoor furniture easy on yourself—even fabrics—with this simple technique:

  • Spot clean any dark or dirty areas. Dishsoap and water works well for this, but you can use any gentle cleaner.
  • Wipe down the arms and legs of the furniture. You can just use the same dishsoap and water solution, but you will want to give it a bit more of a scrub.
  • Rinse off the whole piece with the hose. Set it out in the yard and spray it down top to bottom to get the soap off.

You will have patio furniture that looks great without too much effort.

The Grill. Summer is a great time for putting some burgers, steaks, hot dogs, chicken, or veggies on the grill. After a while, though; little bits of burned food begin to stick to the grill. How do you clean it?

  • Remove the grate, and if applicable, the charcoal. First things first: get this stuff out of the way.
  • Wipe down the inside of the grill with dishsoap and water and rinse. You’ll probably want to use a nice, coarse brush for this. Don’t forget to let it dry completely once you’re done.
  • Clean the grate with a wire brush. While the grill is drying, get your wire grill brush and go to town, cleaning off the grate itself.

Once that’s done, just reassemble to start using again!

Outdoor Lights. If you have outside lights, you will find yourself using them a lot more now. Make it look better without much work by quickly unscrewing the globes or sconces and sticking them in the dishwasher.

Use a cloth to wipe off the light bulb and the area inside and around the globe or sconce. 

If your light doesn’t have a globe or a sconce, open it the way you would normally to change the bulb, then use a cleaning brush or duster to clean the inside out.

Impress everyone with your clean yard!

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