The nice days are back and the desire to enjoy your terrace while reading a book in your hammock as well. However, the cold and the bad weather of winter may have dirtied or even clogged your terrace. With our advice and a few tips, you’ll be able to get your terrasse back to like-new condition in no time and enjoy your outdoor space for the spring.
How to clean your deck after winter?
Cleaning your terrace or balcony may seem overwhelming at first, but step by step and by following our tips, you’ll manage.
Start by removing cobwebs and dead leaves from your terrace. That’s already a good thing done! Now tackle your shutters or blinds. If necessary, use liquid black soap diluted in water to clean your blinds, before drying them with a cloth. Finally, you can clean your windows and window frames.
How to remove moss from your terrace?
The most obvious thing to notice when spring arrives is the moss that accumulated on your terrace during the winter. Remove most of the moss from your terrace surface with a spatula, then remove the remaining moss with a mixture of liquid black soap and baking soda. Avoid using chemical products, as they go directly into the soil, which greatly pollutes the water table. Instead, use biodegradable products such as the following solution:
In a basin of hot water, mix one tablespoon of liquid black soap with two tablespoons of baking soda. Scrub your terrace with a broom. Leave to act and rinse your surface.
Grandma’s Tips : Pour your potato cooking water over the moss-covered surface. The starch in the potato will effectively destroy the moss. A 100% natural solution to get rid of moss.
What products should I use to clean my deck?
The products you use will depend on the material of your terrace. Tile, wood, flagstone or stone, you must adapt the products and tools to avoid damaging your deck.
You can mix a few spoons of baking soda in hot water. Simply scrub your terrace with a broom. Baking soda can be used on any surface. For tile and concrete decks, you can let the product work before rinsing.
Dishwashing liquid and black soap
Combined, dishwashing liquid and black soap can also work wonders. Using a broom, apply it to your deck and leave it on for a few hours. Then scrub the surface to remove the dirt. This solution is perfect for wood terrace because it is much less aggressive than baking soda.
Finally, you can also use high-pressure water, but with caution! Many people tend to want to use high pressure to clean exteriors, but you risk damaging your terrace. On wooden floor in particular, the karcher is absolutely to be avoided. For stone and tile decks, you can use high pressure, but be sure to lower the pressure to avoid damaging the surface and avoiding the joints.
Terrace cleaning: A professional cleaning
Why use a professional company?
You can obviously call on a cleaning company that will gladly take care of your terrace. Especially in the case of a handover, the cleaning of the terrace must be done and is a part that should not be neglected. It takes a few hours of work depending on the surface of the terrace and the traces to be removed: you already have a lot to do with the organization of your move? You can leave this task to professionals.
How much does a professional end of lease cleaning cost?
The cost of an end of lease cleaning depends on multiple factors that you can find in our article. You will be able to get an idea of the budget to be devoted to call upon a company of cleaning at the end of the lease. You will have to add between CHF 50 and CHF 100 for a simple cleaning of your terrace, and between CHF 150 and CHF 200 for a high pressure cleaning.