A balcony can be a place of refuge -- a quiet escape where you can enjoy the scenery and take in a breath of fresh air. This is the area of the home that's undoubtedly the most difficult to keep clean. Most of the time cleaning feels like an exercise in futility. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can make your life easier, as well as keep your outdoor space looking its best.
If you’re waging an unrelenting war on exterior dust, dirt, grime and filth, read on below and pick up a few handy hints to keep your space tidy and ordered.
The first step toward making your balcony as spotless as possible is to remove all plants and furniture. If you live in a high rise building, and need to bring items indoors, clean them off first with a damp cloth while outside. Lay down a large piece of plastic, an old sheet, or a drop cloth so you don’t soil interior floors and carpets.
Next, sweep or vacuum the area to pick up cobwebs, dead insects and other debris. A handheld wet/dry vacuum just for outdoors is a helpful tool.
Always use the top down approach when cleaning. Begin cleaning high places first as debris and dust will fall to the floor. Check your local market for cleaning tools that offer extension rods for cleaning out of reach places. Be courteous to neighbours and use a dust pan. Don’t sweep debris over the side.
Using a hose or power washer to clean is a great temptation because it is convenient.
A gentle mixture of one part bleach to one part water applied with a brush or mop will sterilize the ceiling corners, floor and railing. Use a mop and a bucket with wringer to keep water from spreading to unwanted areas. If you are concerned about water dripping over your balcony, roll up towels and place them around the perimeter of the space.
Clean any exterior windows or glass, such as a sliding glass door, accessible from the balcony, you likely have glazed doors that lead outside. These unfortunately become extremely dirty, extremely quickly. Implement a regular polishing and scrubbing routine, to ensure your balcony looks inviting, and your indoor aesthetic is one of dazzling cleanliness. Spray a commercial window cleaner onto the glass and wipe clean with paper towels. Continue until the glass is clean and streak-free.
The floor surface of your balcony is likely to become extremely dirty, and because of this requires special attention. Invest in a steam cleaner, which will make the job of removing grime that little bit easier. You can also scrub or mop the floor. Combine a fresh mixture of multi-surface cleaner and warm water in a bucket. If the floor of the balcony has a fairly smooth surface, such as wood or tile, a mop should suffice. If the floor has a rough surface, such as concrete, you will need to use a scrub brush. In this case, dip the brush in the cleaning solution and scrub the floor by hand. If any residue remains after cleaning, use a mop and fresh water to go over the floor.
Clean any furniture that had been on the balcony. Use a clean cloth or sponge, multi-surface cleaner and warm water to wipe down the furniture. Rinse with clean water and allow the furniture to air dry. Move the furniture, as well as any other objects, back onto the balcony.
How to Get Rid of Bird Poop on My Balcony
While birds might be fun to watch, the damage that they can leave on your balcony isn't. Watching the birds on your balcony enjoy seeds and flowers is a pleasurable, relaxing activity. Unfortunately, where there are birds, there's also bird poop. Unless you clean up the bird poop regularly, it accumulates to create a mess in your outdoor space. Bird poop is an equal-opportunity stain-maker, leaving marks over balcony furniture and on the balcony floor. Although the mess looks unsightly, it's simple to clean and regular maintenance keeps bird poop messes away. It's important to make sure to clean it from your home's outdoor areas.
For stuck-on droppings, take the scraper and remove it from the balcony. You are just trying to scrape off all the larger pieces. Be careful not to gouge wood. Use the broom and dustpan to sweep this up and dispose of it properly.
Combine 1 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent in a bucket with 1 gallon of hot water.
Wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from germs and bacteria in bird poop residue.
Wash away bird poop residue and stains from seeds and berries consumed by birds and passed through their feces. Begin by washing the surface of your balcony furniture, then work your way to the balcony floor. Use the scrub brush to remove any fecal matter. This will take a bit of elbow grease. For stains, sprinkle the area with baking soda and allow it to sit for 30 minutes or so. Use the scrub brush to scrub the area.
Rinse your balcony furniture by wiping it down with damp cloths before drying it with clean, dry cloths. If possible, rinse off the balcony floor by pouring a bucket of water over it. If this isn't possible, wipe the floor with wet cloths to rinse.
Allow your balcony to air dry completely.
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