Cleaning Spring Pollen from Outdoor Spaces

Posted April 18, 2023 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Tags: Decks, Fences, Screened Porches, maintenance, maintence

As the weather warms up and spring begins to bloom, so too does the pollen count. For those of us with patios, this can mean a thick layer of yellow dust covering our outdoor living spaces. Not only does this make it difficult to enjoy time outside, but it can also exacerbate allergies and other respiratory issues. In this blog post, we'll provide some tips for cleaning your patio after pollen season so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors. 

1. Start with a Good Sweep 

The first step in cleaning your patio is to sweep away any loose pollen or debris. Use a broom or leaf blower to clear the surface of your patio, being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. This will help to remove the majority of the pollen and make the rest of the cleaning process much easier. 

2. Wash with Water 

Once you've swept away the loose pollen, it's time to give your patio a good wash with water. You can use a garden hose or pressure washer to do this, depending on how much cleaning power you need. Start at one end of the patio and work your way across, making sure to get into all the corners and edges. 

3. Add Soap and Scrub 

If water alone isn't enough to get your patio clean, you can add a little bit of soap to the mix. Choose a mild detergent or dish soap and mix it with water in a bucket or spray bottle. Then, use a scrub brush or sponge to work the soap into the surface of your patio. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water when you're finished. 

4. Don't Forget the Furniture 

While you're cleaning your patio, don't forget to give your outdoor furniture a good scrub as well. Use a mild detergent and water to clean any cushions or fabric, and a scrub brush and water to clean any hard surfaces. If you have metal furniture, you may want to use a rust remover to get rid of any rust stains. 

5. Protect Your Patio 

Once you've finished cleaning your patio, you'll want to take steps to protect it from future pollen or dirt buildup. One way to do this is by using a sealant to create a barrier on the surface of your patio. This will help to prevent stains and make it easier to clean in the future. You can also invest in a patio cover to help keep your outdoor living space clean and protected. 

Cleaning your patio after pollen season doesn't have to be a difficult task. By following these simple steps, you can have your patio looking clean and refreshed in no time. And if you're in the market for a custom porch or fence, be sure to check out Sierra Structures for all your outdoor living needs. 


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