The return of warm weather means it’s time for a patio refresh. The days are getting longer, and you want to spend more time outside, so it makes sense to clean and update your outdoor space.
Keep reading for our three easy steps to make your patio refresh as easy as possible.
Step 1: Assess & Clean Your Patio Furniture & Accessories
The first step of your patio refresh should include an honest assessment of your outdoor space and its decor.
Start with these steps:
- Closely examine any furniture and other accessories like pillows, and see if you can fix things that are broken, stained, or ripped
- Sweep off or hose down the entire patio floor
- Remove any cobwebs from the patio ceiling, if you have one
Then, put your remaining furniture back in place, and consider replacing frequently used items that you had to discard with new pieces.
Step 2: Schedule a Cleaning Day
Cleaning outdoor furniture as part of your patio refresh is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Different types of materials need to be cleaned with specific solutions.
For example, to remove grime from wicker and wood furniture, choose a mix of Murphy Oil Soap and warm water.
But to remove dirt and grime from a glass patio coffee table, use a sponge soaked in a non-abrasive cleaner like CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner to clean the legs and sides. Next, use a glass cleaner like Windex and a microfiber cleaning cloth to make the glass part of the table shine.
Don’t forget to clean your resin and plastic outdoor decor as part of your patio refresh, too. But instead of buying a cleaner at the store, you can make a variety of cleaners with things you probably already have at home:
- Make homemade cleaner with a blend of 1/2 cup baking soda with 1 GL of warm water
- Use white vinegar on a microfiber cloth on hard-to-remove stains
- Create a baking soda paste, which is also good for cleaning plastic patio furniture
Then for aluminum and other metal furniture you want to include in your patio refresh, scrub with a dry brush to remove oxidation and debris, and then assess. You can bring pieces that are rusty but still usable back to life with a new coat of paint. One way to do this is with Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Spray Paint. This paint comes in a variety of colors in an easy-to-use spray paint.
Step 3: Invest in Some New Items for Your Outdoor Space
The last step in your patio refresh is shopping for some new items to upgrade the area. For instance, consider products that can add more atmosphere to your patio, and make it a more usable space when you have company over.
The following three products are all great additions to a patio refresh:
Watch Movies & Television Shows With a Portable Projector
Enjoying a favorite movie or television show outside on the patio at night is a memorable summer experience. So if a portable projector is something you want to incorporate into your patio refresh, consider the Epson EpiqVision Mini Portable Laser Projector for outdoor movie nights.
This small but mighty projector will project shows on a wall or screen up to 150 in. in size.
The Epson Mini Laser Projector features:
- 1,000 lumens of white and color brightness
- A 3-chip 3LCD laser
- Full-HD 1080p resolution
- Dolby Surround Sound
Another convenient feature is that the projector connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, making streaming easy from your streaming apps and services.
Light Up Your Patio Space With String Lights
String lights are an easy and attractive way to add a subtle amount of light to your patio. For instance, the Ambience Pro LED string lights from Brightech can add a lovely glow to your evening entertaining.
The cafe-style bulbs are durable and waterproof, so they shouldn’t break even if someone drops them or they’re blown around by a summer storm.
The LED string lights:
- Use less energy than traditional bulbs
- Are made from industrial-grade WeatherTite Technology
- Are designed to withstand elements year round
Brightech LED string lights come in 24 or 48 ft. lengths, and you can link multiple strands together if you need to.
Make S’mores & Other Memories With a Fire Pit
A fire pit is another outstanding addition to your patio refresh checklist. For example, the Bonfire 2.0 from Solo Stove is portable and is designed to be used in a variety of outdoor spaces.
The Bonfire fire pit:
- Weighs just over 23 pounds
- Features smokeless flames
- Has a removable ash pan for easy clean up
You can use your fire pit for roasting marshmallows to make s’mores, or simply enjoy a relaxing fire at night on the patio.
Enjoy Your Patio This Summer Thanks to a Simple Patio Refresh
The patio is truly an extension of the home during the warm months. To enjoy the space to its fullest, a patio refresh is an important part of your annual backyard improvement checklist.
Make your outdoor living space more inviting and relaxing than ever by fixing anything worn out or broken, and donating patio items you no longer use. Next, clean off the space and wash the furniture. Finally, buy some new pieces for your outside space and you’ll be amazed at your patio’s transformation.