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07 Apr 2021

Getting Your Outdoors Ready for Sunny Days

As the days get longer and the weather becomes warmer, Brits will finally get a chance to spend some much-needed time in their gardens and outdoor areas. Whether it’s catching some rays, getting green-fingered or preparing the BBQ to be fired-up, it’s great to be able to get the area revived and refreshed.

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To help get you started, here are five top tips from Jeyes Fluid to jump-start your spring garden cleaning.

Prepare the patio

The patio is an important part of the home, and acts as an extension to your living space, so it should be given the same amount of attention as the interior. After you’ve cleared away the clutter, use a specialist outdoor cleaning product such as Jeyes Fluid, which can be used on a multitude of surfaces like your patios, paths, driveways, decking areas, shed and more. It can also be used to help clean drains, limescale and rust on outdoor tables, killing up to 99.9% of germs. Use every couple of months when the dirt and algae start to build up again to keep your garden clean and sparkling.

Add a lick of paint to the fence

To revitalise your fence, start by inspecting it for mildew, dirt marks, chipped wood and peeling paint. Next, give it a deep-clean using a specialist cleaner, typically with a pressure washer or garden sprayer. To further remove any debris, use sanding paper to smooth the surface and help the paint go on evenly. Then, apply a layer of primer to all the panels of the fence and let it dry completely – this will help give it a better finish. Finally, add the finishing touches by painting your fence a neutral colour. Brushstrokes should be applied in the same direction as the grain. Remember not to overdo it as two thin coats will give a much better result than one thick coat.

Get green-fingered

The key to growing a garden that blooms all year round is to understand the preference of flowers and the environment that suits them best. For example, if your garden has spring flowers as well as autumn flowers, you’re likely to have colour all year round. Daffodils, for example, are the most well-known spring flowers. Delphiniums and cornflowers, on the other hand, are perfect for the summer as they can endure the humid heat that causes spring flowers to die. For colder months, opt for resilient flowers such as roses and cosmos. To make sure your garden stays green all year round, opt for succulents such as portucalaria or haworthia, which survive every season.

Add a splash of colour

Get creative and revive the colours of your old throws and cushion covers with DYLON’s easy-to-use Machine Dye Pods. To use, simply pop the pod into your washing machine alongside the fabric you want to dye. The dyes can be used on most cushion materials such as cotton, viscose, linen, canvas and ramie. They come in a range of 22 beautifully intense shades that provide permanent colour and are perfect for updating linens that you might have lying around. Tropical Green and Vintage Blue are expected to be the most popular ones for 2021.

Pay attention to the garden furniture

Did you know that a garden table has as many germs as a bin lid? So if you’re planning to haul your garden furniture out of the garage or shed to make the most of the warmer weather, it’s vital that it is thoroughly cleaned to avoid germs being spread.

When dining outdoors, it’s advisable to wipe down your garden table with a specialist cleaner before and after every use to avoid a build-up of bacteria. Bring your hardwood garden furniture to life by using a stiff bristle brush to remove all the excess dirt that has accumulated. Plastic furniture can be washed down with a sponge or cloth and a bucket of warm, soapy water.

When cleaning your garden furniture, much like your kitchen table or countertops, be sure to use a disinfectant, such as Jeyes Multi-Purpose Disinfectant, to ensure that your furniture is just as squeaky-clean outdoors as it is indoors.

Tackle the BBQ

The secret to a good burger is a clean BBQ. Before you start, remember to take the necessary safety precautions like disconnecting the gas canisters. Tackle your BBQ’s interior by turning on the grill to its highest temperature setting and closing the hood. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes, then open the lid and scrape the grates with a non-bristle metal grill brush, getting rid of the grit.

Make sure you’re extra careful when cleaning to ensure you don’t burn yourself. Move onto the grill’s interior ‘grillbox’ – as a lot of grease and food particles tend to end up here. Empty and wash it out with a mild detergent and warm water solution. If the debris has already hardened up, use an old metal knife or old spatula to scrape the sides of the grill chamber. Lastly, don’t forget to clean the exterior as the knobs and handles could be greasy.

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