With spring in full swing, it’s about time we all started that spring clean we’ve been thinking about and keep up with the maintenance of our homes!
It is important to remember that spaces like your outdoor patio, entertaining area or carport, much like the inside of your home, all need some regular TLC to keep them in tip-top shape.
So how do you keep your patio looking schmick well into the future?
Regular Patio Maintenance is Key
It is important to get into the habit of regularly looking after your patio.
Regular maintenance of your patio will reduce the chance of staining, increase the longevity of the structure and reduce the amount of spring cleaning you have to do.
So make the most of the cool, spring mornings – use our top tips to keep your outdoor patio looking good year-round.
Spray Down Roof Sheeting & Structure
While we tend not to pay a great deal of attention to our roof, it’s important to give your patio roof and structure some attention at least twice a year.
To wash your patio roof down, all you need is a mild cleanser such as washing detergent, a spray hose pack from your local hardware store and a can-do attitude.
Regular cleaning of your roof can remove any nasty spiders, dust and if you live coastal, salt builds up. It is particularly important to get rid of salt build up as it can cause premature aging and sediment build-up
If you are keeping up with maintenance, you will never need to clean with a high-pressure cleaner!
Keep Furniture Covered
Even if your outdoor patio furniture claims to be UV and water resistant, you should do your best to protect your furniture from rain, moisture, and sun damage.
Keep furniture covered or out of the weather as best you can – purchase a lounge or dining table cover, or move your furniture into a space that is less likely to get any weather. This will prevent rust, fading or other weather damage.
Check & Clean Your Gutters Regularly
Your gutters are actually an important feature of your home, controlling rainwater and protecting your home’s structure.
Checking your gutters for leaves, sticks and other matter, especially before and after winter, can save you a lot of hassle in the long run, as a clogged gutter can result in roof leaks and water damage!
We recommend checking your gutters:
- Before Winter: Make sure your gutters are clear before the rain.
- After Winter: remove any debris that may have blown in during storms.
Giving your outdoor patio a good scrub or wipe down is an important step to avoiding mould from forming and spreading. Depending on the mould it may only need a wipe down to be removed, or in worse cases a good old fashioned scrub may be needed. Once mould has started to appear on your patio, it is hard to remove.
To get scrubbing, use a mild scourer with mild warm soapy water, then rinse it down with fresh water.
Our inside tip: It is best to do this on a crisp morning when there is condensation in the air, if the steel is wet from condensation is it much easier to clean.
Maintaining the Floor
Whether you have outdoor tiles, pavers or a deck, it is important to take good care of your flooring.
By getting outside to check on the flooring regularly, you can pull out or spray weeds before they take over, keep an eye on any insect behaviour that might ruin your flooring and keep your Stratco Outback® patio looking the goods.
Undertaking regular flooring maintenance can also:
- Prevent build up of weeds, mould, leaves and dirt.
- Prevent unwelcome guests from taking up residence, such as termites and mice.
Plan to do some tidying up at least twice a year or as needed, if you have large trees or trees that drop leaves in the area, get into the habit of sweeping more often. If you have kids, turn it into a game and get them out to help sweep and clean.
The Patio Perfect Difference
While the Stratco products we sell are well-designed and durable, they do need some TLC every now and again.
When you consider the benefits of keeping your outdoor patio or carpot maintained, it shouldn’t be a chore – rather a way to enjoy your outdoor patio, carport or alfresco area for years to come.
Trust the expert patio builders in Perth – choose Patio Perfect for all your patio design, building and installation needs. Contact the Patio Perfect team today to view the full range of Stratco Outback® patios and see the difference for yourself.