It’s spring, so take advantage of it by relaxing on your screened porch. What if your patio is too dirty to be enjoyed? It’s time for you to get your hands dirty and start cleaning.
DIY Porch Cleaning vs. Hiring a Professional
It is up to you whether you want to tackle the porch cleaning project yourself or hire a professional. The DIY method can save you money and give you a feeling of satisfaction when caring for your outdoor area. You can set your schedule and use the cleaning products that you like.
DIY porch cleaning is a time-consuming and laborious task. Cleaning supplies and equipment may also be required. Hiring a professional is a good option if you prefer to spend money over time. It can also save you time. Professionals are equipped with the right tools and cleaning products to ensure a thorough job.
Follow these eight steps to make your porch look as if professionals cleaned it.
How to clean a screen-in porch
Plan your day
Make a plan before you begin cleaning. Consider factors such as the weather, the order in which you will tackle the tasks, and the cleaning equipment and supplies needed. A clear plan will help you to organize and streamline the cleaning process. It will also ensure that nothing is missed and you have all you need.
Clear the area
Remove all decorative items, furniture, and potted plants from your porch. This step is important for two reasons. It ensures you have access to every area and prevents the items from becoming dirty or in the way during the cleaning process.
It’s best to begin dusting a room before you start cleaning it. If some dust falls on the floor, it can be vacuumed up later. You may have to vacuum again if you vacuum first. Dust all surfaces with a microfiber cloth. This includes window frames, sills, and walls if needed.
Sweep and vacuum
After dusting, you can clean the floor. Use a vacuum with a brush to remove any loose debris, such as dust, leaves, and dirt. Special attention should be paid to the corners and crevices where land is likely to collect. You can finish off the job by using a paper towel dampened with water to remove any residues that your broom and vacuum were unable to capture.
Clean the floor
After sweeping and vacuuming, you can now wash the floor. Depending on the material of your porch flooring (e.g., wood, tile, or concrete), you will either mop it or scrub it by hand. Follow the instructions on the cleaner to avoid damaging the floor.
Start by mixing warm water with mild dish soap and a bucket in order to wash your screens. Use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub your screens gently. This will remove any dirt and grime. Rinse them with clean water, and let them air dry. You don’t have to remove the screens to clean them.
Spray the glass cleaner onto windows and frames. Then, wipe them down with a paper towel or lint-free cloth. It may be necessary to spray and wipe down windows a few more times before they appear clean. For a clear view of the outside, make sure there are no streaks.
Reassemble and sweep
Do you get to sweep the porch floor again? Once everything has been cleaned and dried, vacuum or sweep the porch floor to remove any dust or dirt. Reassemble your furniture, plants, and decor in their original position once your porch has been cleaned. Or, try rearranging them to keep the style of your patio fresh.
Cleaning Tips for a Screened-In Porch
Here are some tips to make the cleaning process easier.
Better cleaning products are worth the investment.
Cleaning with the right products can be easier and quicker. Dusting with microfiber cloths is great because they actually pick up the dust, rather than just transferring it. Cleaning hard-to-reach areas is easier with retractable cleaning tools. Stop scrubbing if you can’t remove grime or stains from your coffee table. Instead, look for products that will help you clean dirt and gunk.
Repair and inspect
When cleaning your screen porch, you can take a close look at the screens and window frames as well as the porch’s overall structure. It would be best if you looked for signs of wear and tear, damage, or deterioration. This includes holes or tears in your screens, damaged or loose window frames, or structural problems.
Rugs can hide stains.
You may not be able to remove a stain no matter what you do. Instead of spending hours scrubbing that stubborn stain on the floor, choose a stylish carpet to cover the spot and enhance the look of your porch.