How To Tidy Up Your Outdoor Space

 



The summer is coming to an end and you’ve probably used your outdoor spaces a lot recently. With that in mind, it could probably use a really good cleaning job. Here are a few ways to tidy up your outdoor space for the cooler months ahead of you, where you hopefully will be spending even more time outside:


Clean Your Gutters

According to Peach State Pressure Wash, “Your gutters are designed to catch rainwater as it flows off your roof, collecting it and redirecting it to the downspouts and away from your home. But when your rain gutters are blocked by leaves, dirt, twigs, and other debris, the water can’t be effectively channeled away.” With that in mind, there is no doubt that you cannot skip the chore of cleaning your gutters year after year. “That’s because clogged and overflowing gutters can actually cause serious damage to your home and property. Even if gutter cleaning isn’t your favorite task, you need to have it done to protect your home.” If you do not want to do it yourself, which I do not blame you, contact Peach State Pressure Wash.


They provide comprehensive gutter cleaning in Dunwoody and the rest of Metro-Atlanta to get your gutters clear and free-flowing. They can also help you with window washing, pressure washing, soft washing, pool deck cleaning, gutter brightening, stone restoration, and much more. Peach State Pressure Wash is a veteran-owned company out of the Atlanta, Georgia area that offers advanced technology, special cleaning products (designed to kill buildup), certified expertise (each member comes with training, liability, and workman's compensation insurance), and convenience + satisfaction. Peach State Pressure Wash is happy to come out and give you a free estimate, but a lot of the time, they are also able to give an estimate completely digitally by pulling up your property on Google Earth. Talk about convenience - especially during the COVID times where social distancing is encouraged. 


One really cool thing that I love about Peach State Pressure Wash, besides the amazing services, is the fact that they are a living wage employer. They say, “The living wage is a calculation that looks at the amount that a family of four needs to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage includes costs like rent and groceries as well as items like extended health care and two weeks savings for each adult. When low-wage workers see an increase in their wages they spend their money locally. A living wage allows families to participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities. They support local business and participate in community events. We all benefit when we reduce poverty in our communities, and Peach State Wash is dedicated to paying ALL of our employees above the living wage for Atlanta.”


There are so many reasons why I recommend Peach State Pressure Wash, but you can look them up yourself! Call them for a free estimate today and go check out their website to find out more information.


A Fresh Paint Job

There is nothing worse than an old, peeling home. That’s why I think it is important to get a paint job to make your home stand out. Plus, it is not only making your home look better, but it is also protecting your home from water and wear and tear for years to come. My friend needed a paint job for the exterior of her home and kept pushing it off. Over time, she ended up getting water between the cracks in her siding and had to spend way more money to get it all replaced. If you just spend the money upfront, you will end up spending less in the long run!


Add In Flowers

While you are busy sprucing everything up, don’t forget to make it look pretty, too! Of course, cleaning your gutters and getting a fresh paint job will do wonders, but add a bit of color into your outdoor space, as well! More than likely, the pop of color will greet you each morning, getting your day off to a great start. You could also think logically about it and add in plants that will deter pests, such as mosquitos. Lavender is a great option for this! 


Think About The Things You’ll Be Using

Your clean-up job should not just be limited to the things that will make the main features of the house noticeably cleaner. You should also think practically! What will you be using that needs cleaning up? For example, your grill is a good thing to tackle while you are tidying up your outdoor space. If you only grill in the spring and summer months, then hopefully you cleaned and put away your grill in the fall. If you are like us, you grill year-round and that means that your grill practically never gets a deep clean. Use a scouring metal brush or grill stone to scrape the grates to give it a good cleaning job. Using a soapy bucket of water (a storage bin works really well for this), soak the grill to loosen up any bits that are stuck on. Then scrape again using the stone or brush. Wipe the grates clean with a rag or paper towels. If you just need to “spruce up” the grill, you can use a simple surface spray of water, a ½ cup vinegar, a teaspoon of Castile soap and few drops of orange essential oil to cut grease. Spray the grill and surfaces and then rinse and wipe clean and you’ll be ready to grill up dinner! This is an easy way to spruce it up and get it clean, easily.


Don’t Forget About The Toys

If you have kids, don’t forget about the toys! Toss the ones that they do not use anymore (or better yet - sell them!) and organize + clean the ones that they still use. How do you clean them? Swing sets, playhouses and outdoor toys can usually be cleaned with a little soapy water and the hose. Most plastic toys will start to break down and fade in the sun after a few years, so if you can store them in a covered area, that will keep them looking their best. If you have a wooden swing set, most are pressure treated to prevent rotting, mildew and decay. However, they may need to be stained or re-treated every few years (I bet Peach State could help you with this if you asked!). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for deep cleaning. For mild surface cleaning, a good sweep and brush off and some soapy water will do the trick. Wipe down plastic surfaces, handles, and seats as well. Check for any cracking or anything that needs to be replaced (cracked handles can lead to injury, so always check the swing set thoroughly after winter).


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