The weather is cooling and the days are shortening, sure signs that summer is over and fall is near. The changes also signal it’s time for annual fall cleaning of patio furniture and winter storage preparations. These quick tip will help get the patio furniture cleaned and ready for winter storage in a jiffy.
Gather Cleaning Supplies Before Heading Outside
Before heading outside to start cleaning, gather all the cleaning supplies and tools that will be needed. Gather all the items needed to clean and cover the patio furniture, grill, etc., fill a bucket with warm soapy water and grab some trash bags. Having everything needed nearby saves time.
Quick Clean Patio Furniture
Fall is not the time of year to do an intense scrub-down on patio furniture. Even when outdoor seating, tables and grill are covered, they will still get grimy and dirty over the winter months, so just do a quick clean to remove loose debris. Use a soft bristled brush to whisk away all loose debris from patio furniture tops, sides, legs and wheels. Next, dampen a large sponge with the soapy water and give the furniture cushions a quick wipe down. Focus on removing any stains left behind by food, dried berries or bird droppings, then let the patio furniture cushions air dry before covering or storing.
Degrease and Scrub the Grill Before Winter Storage
The grill rack can be quickly degreased by firing it up one more time. Turn the grill flame on and let it burn for 10 minutes to burn off any food residue on the rack, turn the flame off and scrub with a wire brush or ball of aluminum foil to remove all the gunk. Remove the grill’s grease tray and wash it in soapy water so it won’t attract any hungry critters looking for a meal. Wipe off the grill’s exterior surface with soapy water and rinse. If the grill will be stored inside during the winter, remove the propane tank before storing. Cover the disconnected propane tank with a trash bag and store separately in a dry location. If the grill will remain outside over winter, turn off the propane tank and place a cover over the grill and propane tank.
Empty Flower Pots This Fall
Toss out any potted plants that will not be over-wintering indoors. Empty the contents of the flower pot (it’s best to start with new potting soil next spring) into the compost bin or pull up dead flowers by the roots and dump the potting soil into a flower bed or garden plot. Give flower pot a quick brushing with a soft bristle brush to remove any clinging soil, then stack and store the smaller ones. Turn large flower pots upside down to prevent water from collecting in them and freezing during the winter. If a flower pot is too large to turn upside down, leave the potting soil in it until next spring to prevent the container from freezing and breaking.