It might be winter now, but summer will be here before you know it! As soon as the weather starts to warm, it's time to get your patio ready for summer fun. By refreshing the decor and cleaning the space, you can turn your patio into a center for warm-weather entertainment. Sprucing up your patio requires no great investment, nor a lot of work. In this post, we'll discuss six easy tasks that can make all the difference for your patio.
1. Clean, Clean, Clean
Move furniture off the patio to start with a clear, wide-open space. Sweep your patio with a stiff broom to remove sand and dirt. If your patio is stained with mildew or moss, scrub with 1/4 cup of bleach mixed with a gallon of water. Use a stiff, non-metal brush. Wait till the cement dries before moving furniture back.
Tip: Chlorine bleach will damage nearby landscaping. Clean your patio with oxygen bleach to protect your plants and remove mildew at the same time.
2. Light It Up
Install lights on your patio to illuminate your outdoor space at night. Cafe lights are lighthearted and effective even over big spaces. Seeking something more permanent? Hire a contractor to install mounted lights on your home. Hang lanterns over your patio to create a party atmosphere.
Tip: Use warm LED light bulbs to keep energy usage down.
Landscaping around your patio adds shade on hot days and makes your patio a more attractive place to spend time. Select landscaping that grows easily without extra maintenance or tending from you. Palms and ornamental grasses in particular are low-maintenance plants that give your patio tropical appeal.
Tip: Native plants need less care and water than plants from non-local areas. Visit a local nursery and get help from the experts to find native plants.
4. Refresh the Furniture
Use a vacuum extension to vacuum dirt from wicker furniture, then wipe down the furniture with a damp microfiber cloth. Wash outdoor furniture upholstery with a solution of 1 quart warm water, a dash of dishwashing detergent and 1 tablespoon borax. Use a sponge damped with the solution to scrub the cushions. Rinse the solution, then allow the cushions to dry.
Tip: Place the cushions on their side as they dry to prevent one side from trapping moisture within.
5. Shade It
Provide some relief from the hot summer sun by covering your patio with a broad patio umbrella, or work with a contractor to construct a more permanent source of shade over your patio. A wooden pergola covered in vines is an excellent way to provide shade and natural beauty at the same time.
Tip: Flowering or fruiting vines can attract bees, so choose the vine for your pergola carefully.
Decorate your patio with accessories like potted plants, outdoor candles and outdoor pillows. An object like a mini-statue can add an attractive, whimsical focal point.
Tip: Match accessories to the upholstery on your patio furniture, to unify the space.
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