The weather is warming up, which means outdoor fun is back on the menu! Get your home ready for outdoor activities with a few simple DIY jobs, all of which can be done in a weekend or two. Taking care of a few important Summer prep chores can make the difference between a relaxing season of sunshine and an unsightly Summer setup.
Here are 9 essential outdoor how-tos for your home this season!
Homeowners who love the look of their house siding understand that regular maintenance is key to keeping it looking great and extending its lifespan for years to come. Without proper cleaning, your siding can accumulate unsightly dirt, diminishing its appeal. To prevent this, and to keep your wood, vinyl or aluminum siding in top form, follow these basic maintenance steps about once a year.
Follow these simple cleaning steps to remove dirt, grime and stains from algae, mold, and mildew, and keep the best look and longest lifespan for your siding.
Regular bike cleaning and washing does more than keep your bicycle looking good – it prevents accelerated damage or corrosion from dirt and grease build-up that can chew into your drivetrain and other mechanical parts. Cleaning on a schedule can also help you find wear and tear at the start, and as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Or, in this case, some costly repairs.
Keeping your lawn mower clean can make a big difference in its efficiency and lifespan, helping prevent build-up, corrosion and diminished performance – and it can also minimize the spread of lawn diseases. Rust prevention is key as well, as wet grass will trap moisture in the underside of your mower and create prime conditions for rust buildup, reducing performance. Cleaning your lawnmower is easiest just after cutting your lawn, when the grass hasn't yet dried on your mower. The longer you wait to clean a lawn mower, the more difficult it will be due to matted grass buildup.
Here's how to get your lawnmower clean and ready for a Summer of cutting!
The outdoor barbecuing experience is a time-honored tradition in backyards around the globe. But keeping your grill clean can be a challenge, with marinade splatter, burger grease and accumulated leftover chunks of charred food on your grates. Simple Green is here to help!
Follow these simple steps to help you keep your gas grill in great working order for years to come.
We love our pets, but not the stink they make! It's time to reclaim your yard, patio, deck and other outdoor areas from unpleasant smells left behind by your dog, cat or other outdoor pets. It's important to use a non-toxic solution to safely eliminate bad odors such as urine, poop and vomit caused by your furry loved one, without harming your pet – or landscaping and artificial turf. Love the pet, lose the stink!
Air Conditioner condenser coils capture heat from the air inside your home, and tend to collect dirt and debris easily when in regular use. Regular, bi-monthly coil cleaning with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner during warmer months will keep your AC unit in great working order for years to come.
Here's how to get it done. Also, these steps can also be used to clean compressor coils in the outside cabinet of your AC.
Pressure washing your driveway is an important part of your home's general maintenance and curb appeal, and should be done about twice a year. With proper technique, you'll be able to safely remove dirt and stains as well as discoloration from weathering and deeply-embedded soil buildup, protecting your driveway from damage.
Concrete is relatively low-maintenance when it comes to outdoor surfaces. But despite its tough exterior, concrete is porous and easily absorbs liquids, which can lead to tough stains. The texture of the surface also provides plenty of pores for dirt, moss, and other materials to accumulate.
To remove stains and get your driveway clean, you'll need something that will also sink in and lift the offending spot. Cat litter, sawdust and other absorbent materials remove fresh spills, but do very little to absorb what sinks into the surface. Muriatic acid is sometimes used to clean concrete and masonry. But the binder in concrete, Portland cement, dissolves when it comes into contact with an acid. Plus, acid-based cleaners pull calcium hydroxide out of the hardened concrete, which then quickly forms a white, dusty material called efflorescence. This material can become so thick that you'll need to clean it off of your patio.
Your best bet is a non-corrosive and non-degrading cleaning formula which utilizes the natural power of peroxide to provide high-performance cleaning and stain removal, without toxic or abrasive chemicals.
Patio furniture with fabric or cloth cushions are prime stain spots, whether from dirt, bird droppings, tree sap or mildew. This is particularly true if your cushions sit out in the elements unprotected.
If your outdoor cushions don't have removable covers that can be put in the washing machine, pressure washing is often the easiest method for cleaning. It's much easier and less time-consuming than hand-washing or using a garden hose.
Follow these simple steps to bring your patio cushions back to life!
Composite wood is one of the most popular decking materials, due to its beauty and durability. It often requires less maintenance than other types of decking materials, but there is no such thing as "maintenance free" when it comes to any outdoor surface.
Like other wood deck varieties, composite decking is quite porous. Composite decks are susceptible to a wide variety of outdoor elements like mold and mildew, black spots, sap, grease, oil, food spills, pet stains, hard water, grass stains, ground-in dirt and rust stains. It's best to use an oxygenated cleaner that will sink deep into the material to clean the lower layers as well as on the surface.
Never use a chlorine bleach based deck cleaner, as it is extremely corrosive and will eventually discolor and damage your deck boards. Plus, it is unsafe to use around plants and in areas frequented by children or pets. If a cleaning product contains Sodium Hypochlorite, it contains bleach.