Winter brings in the harshest elements, how can you restore your your outdoor surfaces to their former glory without spending a fortune or breaking your back?
We've got some tips you can try first to help you regain the cleanliness of the exterior surfaces in your home before the need to call in a professional.
So it's been pouring with rain, blowing a gale and your bricks and pavers have accumulated some debris which can seem almost impossible to remove without a scrubbing brush and a whole lot of elbow grease. There are a few things that you can try to take control of your post winter house cleaning blues.
Tips you can try at home before calling in a professional:
Using high temperature water instead of chemicals can be extremely effective. As a test, the next time you have a greasy roasting dish, place it in the sink and cover the surface with boiling water, leave for a few minutes and you will see that degreaser is not always necessary to remove the grease and grime. You can replicate this method when you are cleaning outdoor areas. Be wary of the surfaces you are using boiling water on as some surfaces can be damaged using heat such as plastics or rubber.
A simple technique to use which is easily accessible and inexpensive is a pressure nozzle which you can attach to your garden hose at home. You can pick these up for as little as a couple of bucks at your local hardware store. In some instances the surface may require something a bit tougher, like a commercial grade pressure cleaner, but this is a good way to spray off some minor debris build up.
Okay, so as much as we would love to be able to clean without the need for nasty chemicals, it's not always possible. You can pick up a bottle of degreaser or detergent with a degreasing agent from your local supermarket or hardware store. Add to warm water and apply to the area. You can use a broom with hard bristles to give the surface a scrub and loosen the dirt underneath.