It’s finally spring and time to get your screened porch ready to use. Here are some tips to make the preparation easier and more efficient.
Check for needed repairs
Check your lights and electrical outlets. Inspect the paint, trim, and screens. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, do that first so you don’t have to clean up twice.
Gather your cleaning supplies
You’ll need a long-handled duster or mop, a bucket, a large soft-bristled brush, a sponge, cleaning solution, and a broom or mop.
A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is optional, but it’s the fastest and cleanest way to remove dirty water once you’ve finished cleaning.
Choose a cleaning solution that won’t damage your screen, the porch trim, or the floor surface and prepare a bucket of it mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean from the top down
Use an extension mop or duster to wipe down the ceilings, lights, and ceiling fan blades.
Then hose down the screens from inside, top to bottom. After wetting the screen. Use a soft-bristled brush dipped into the bucket of cleaning solution to clean the screen and remove the dust and pollen that has accumulated over the winter. Remember, clean from the top down. Hose down the screen from the inside to rinse.
Use the same cleaning solution and a sponge to wipe off the porch trim, then rinse with the hose or the sponge and a bucket of clean water.
Now you can scrub the floor with a broom or mop and your cleaning solution. If you have indoor/outdoor carpet, use the manufacturer’s recommended method. Dry by sweeping the residual moisture out the door (if possible) or vacuum with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.
Now your porch is clean and ready to use!