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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!