Outdoor Cleaning Tips for the Perfect Victoria Day Get Together's featured image

Ah, Victoria Day! A long weekend synonymous with sunshine, burgers sizzling on the grill, and laughter echoing in the backyard. But before you can light the grill and unleash the laughter, the state of your deck and yard might be causing a wrinkle on your brow. Breathe! We can transform your pre-BBQ backyard cleaning into a quick and painless task, allowing you to focus on what truly matters – celebrating with loved ones!

STEP 1: The 15-Minute Tidy

The first step to creating a welcoming space is to clear the clutter. Grab trash and recycling bags, and a couple yard bags too  and set aside 15 minutes for a quick backyard purge. Here’s what to tackle:

  • Fallen leaves and twigs can create a messy and slippery environment. Rake up any debris and dispose of it in your yard waste bag or bin.
  • Clear off any patio furniture that’s been hibernating through the winter. Give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust and cobwebs.
  • Gather stray toys and sports equipment, put them back in their designated storage space. A clear and organized space sets the stage for a more enjoyable gathering.

STEP 2: The Deck Refresh

Now let’s focus on the heart of your backyard party – the deck! Here’s how to breathe new life into your outdoor oasis:

  • If your deck is looking a little worse for wear, consider renting a power washer. It’s a fantastic way to remove built-up dirt, mildew, and grime, leaving your deck looking bright and refreshed. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and wear proper safety gear.
  • Give your deck a good sweep to remove any remaining leaves, dirt, or cobwebs. A broom with stiff bristles will help dislodge debris from cracks and crevices.
  • If your deck is looking a little faded, you could apply a fresh coat of stain. While optional, this will not only enhance the aesthetics but also offer an extra layer of protection against the elements.

STEP 3: Scrub the Grill

Don’t forget about the star of the show –  the grill! Here’s a quick cleaning method to ensure your culinary creations have a pristine platform:

  • Preheat the grill to a high temperature for about 15 minutes. This will burn off any leftover food particles and debris.
  • Once the grill has cooled slightly, use a grill brush to scrub away any remaining residue. You can also use a damp cloth with soapy water for a more thorough clean.

For more tips on cleaning your dirty BBQ the easy way, click here.

STEP 4: Set the Stage

With the cleaning out of the way, it’s time to add the finishing touches to create a little ambiance.

  • String some outdoor lights or place lanterns strategically around your deck. This will create a warm and inviting atmosphere as the sun dips below the horizon.
  • Arrange your patio furniture to create conversation areas. Consider adding extra seating or pillows for added comfort.
  • Add some potted plants, flowers, or wind chimes to personalize your space and bring a touch of nature to your backyard oasis.


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