Spring is here – time for a patio hygiene check!
Ladies and Gentleman – Good day – It is Mat from MenClean and today, with the help of Casabella products, we are going to do a hygiene check on our patios. You may be saying to yourself – why is Mat using the word hygiene and patio together…..? Well folks, the fact of the matter is your patio is the “face” of your house. Just like in life, first impressions are everything, and for anyone visiting your house – they will greet your patio first.
Dirt, leaves, twigs, dust, spider webs... oh my! At first glance our patio needed a good face lift. Areas to tackle include: the deck floor (sweep and wash) and the door alcoves (dust). Casabella Tools in our cleaning arsenal –
To begin, remove all of the plants, pots, and decorative paraphernalia on your patio. Step one – dry sweep the patio with the Casabella Height Adjustable Broom with Dustpan. This is no ordinary broom, because once again, Casabella has your lumbar back in mind with this invention. Look in the middle of the broom for a grey pivot lever. With the flick of your thumb, pop the grey lever out and this will either shorten or elongate the handle of the broom. For me, it was time to lengthen the handle as my six foot build did not feel like bending over this evening while cleaning. The broom moves gracefully over the patio floor, trapping the likes of small twigs, leaves and pollen all in one sweep. For the finishing touches the broom comes with a paired dustpan that is light and easy to grip while scooping up all the debris.
After sweeping, it is time to remove any winter residue that may remain on the surface of the wood. For this task, we will use the Casabella Height Adjustable Roller Mop. Similar to the Height Adjustable Broom with Dustpan, the first step is to protect your back by adjusting the pivot lever in the middle of the mop, release the lock, and truncate or (in my case) extend the mop handle. For a patio cleaner I choose a small bucket of warm water mixed with homemade all purpose cleaner (see MenClean.com for recipe) and a few drops of dish soap. With your roller mop, dunk the mop head in your bucket full of cleaner. To rinse – pivot the bottom lever which will gently squeeze the mop sponge. I would like to highlight two characteristics of the roller mop that will get cleaning fanatics, like me, excited. First – the microfiber scrubbing pad on the end of mop is superb – in the event you encounter sap, dirt, or rubbish on the wood flooring – use the scrubber – IT WORKS!! Second – the squeezing lever of the mop is a value add. Whoever designed the mop was an ergonomic aficionado as the lever arm for the squeeze handle is brilliant. If you are looking for a “wet mop” – just pull the lever down ever so lightly and the head will remain soaked. If you are dealing with a surface (such as wood) where you prefer a “drier” mop, give the lever a deeper pull and the mop head will be practically dry..
As you can see the finished product is dazzling clean!
Final area to surmount – the door alcove. At our house, our patio is a spider magnet, and as you can see from the pictures, the patio door alcove contains our family arachnid’s dinner trapped in the web – flies, mosquitos, moths. For this job, we enlisted the help of Casabella’s Height Adjustable Pivot Duster. The pivot duster has a mammoth white microfiber dust head that is magnet for bug carcasses! I adjusted the pivot duster into several different dimensions by manipulating the yellow “pivot point” button on the handle. For extended reach I keep the pole elongated. But for a more gliding approach along the ceiling of the alcove – I contorted the duster to be perpendicular to the handle which gave me way more surface area of the microfiber to trap particulate with. Voila! – We have eradicated any and all web remains from our entrance way!
In closing – I highly encourage as part of your spring routine to freshen up your front and rear patios to kick off the seasonal change. This job took a short 30 minutes because I had the right tools from Casabella at my fingertips and maybe more importantly, I finished the job relaxed with no unsightly backache!! Until next time friends – clean, relax, and then clean some more!!