BrightNest's mission is to make homeowners happy.

FREE, START NOW

BrightNest's mission is to make homeowners happy.

Our tips and tools will shape up your home & simplify your life.

Make Your Porch Presentable in 7 Easy Steps

985

FAVORITED

SHARE
FROM
Jessica
07.11.13

Your front porch is the first thing guests see, and a huge part of your street cred (aka, curb appeal), but it rarely appears at the top of cleaning to-do lists. While the inside of your home probably should take priority, it’s important to clean your porch at least once a year.

Here’s a no-nonsense guide to making your porch pretty:

1. Move Everything

Anything that isn’t nailed down has gotsta go! Move everything out to the yard or into your house – you want your porch to be a blank canvas prepped for cleaning. Tip: If you have some heavy stuff out there, make this task faster and safer by grabbing a buddy to help you move.

2. Tackle Cobwebs

Cobwebs are a quick way to turn a porch from welcoming to frightening. Even if spiders don’t currently call your porch home, their old webs are a bad look. Grab a broom and knock down any cobwebs clinging to your porch corners.

3. Sweep Away Dust

Is your broom still in your hand from tackling cobwebs? Good! It’s time to sweep. Do a quick once-over of your porch, making sure to sweep away any visible dirt and dust. Tip: To make this a quick job, skip the dust pan. A little dirt in your yard is fine, so just sweep it straight off of the porch!

4. Wipe Down Wood

Wipe down anything wood with a moist cloth. Railings, the front door, shutters and sconces all need a quick wipe. If you haven’t done this in a while (or ever), you may have your work cut out for you on this step.

5. Clean the Furniture

Fill a pail or bucket with equal parts mild dish soap and warm water, grab a sponge and head out to the yard. It’s time to clean the porch furniture. Give everything a good wipe down (assuming you have outdoor furniture that’s safe to clean with soap and water), paying special attention to stains and noticeable dirt. Use a hose to rinse away any soap residue. Note: If you have wrought iron furniture, your set is going to need special care to prevent rust.

6. Mop the Floor

If you’re going to skip a step, this is the one to move past. But if your porch is stained, it’s worth having a dance with Mr. Mop.

7. Put Everything Back in Place

Once the porch is dry, put all of your furniture back where it belongs. Give your porch some personality by adding a few indoor furniture pieces, and you’re done! 

comments powered by Disqus
Already a member? Sign In

WELCOME TO

BRIGHTNEST

Take our 60 second Home Quiz to

unlock custom tips and local offers!

Which of these do you have in your house?

(Please select all that apply)

KIDS
PETS
NEITHER

What else do you take care of?

(Please select all that apply)

EXTERIOR
POOL
BASEMENT
LAWN/GARDEN
GARAGE
ATTIC

Does your home have a...?

A/C
BOILER
FURNACE
WATER HEATER

What kind of tips do you want for your home?

SAVVY
CLEAN
GREEN
HEALTHY
HANDY
CREATIVE

You're almost done!

Sign up below to see your custom tips.

Next