When Spring Cleaning, Don’t Forget Your Outdoor Space

Close-up detail of white pivoting louvers in pergola with two wood tone fans affixed to beams

Most folks start their Spring cleaning as soon as the weather is warm enough to keep the windows open for ventilation. In some parts of the country we’re still waiting! But regardless of when you take on this annual chore, don’t forget to include your outdoor living space. 

Maureen Campaiola, from A Mess Free Life (www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com) provides a clear and concise checklist for Outdoor Spring Cleaning, which includes the following areas:

  • Gutters
  • Garage Door
  • Windows
  • Cobwebs
  • Garbage Cans
  • Siding
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Lawn Furniture
  • Planters/Flower Pots

In addition to offering up some great tips, like starting high and finishing low in terms of washing away dirt and grime, the list suggests cleaning products for different purposes: degreasing agent for the grill; oxalic acid for wood decking; as well as power washers and steam cleaners. 

At StruXure Outdoor, all of our pergolas are made with powder-coated aluminum, which is one of the easiest materials to clean. No harsh chemicals or “elbow grease” required. In fact, solvents and fierce scrubbing will actually degrade the product. Here are the simple cleaning instructions for StruXure’s products, explained by duluxpowders.com.au:

  • Carefully remove any loose surface deposits with a wet sponge.
  • Use a soft brush (non-abrasive) and a diluted solution of a mild detergent (a pH-neutral liquid hand dishwashing detergent) in warm water (DO NOT use solvents) to remove dust, salt, and other deposits.
  • Ensure you thoroughly rinse the surfaces with clean fresh water after cleaning to remove all residues.

And that’s it! What could be better than a pivoting louvered structure that you can operate at the touch of a button and that is nearly maintenance free. The structure will also help protect your deck or patio and outdoor furnishings throughout the year, making next year’s Spring cleaning a breeze. For more information contact your local dealer today! 

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