As summer winds down and the first signs of fall appear, it’s time to prepare our homes for the transition. Cleaning up after summer activities may seem daunting, but cleaning and storing seasonal items extends their lifespan and saves you money in the long run. To get ready for fall, here are a few end-of-summer cleaning tasks.

End-of-Summer Cleaning Tasks

Clean Outdoor Furniture

Clean the patio furniture before storing it for winter. Baking soda removes stains from painted furniture, while dish soap and water are great for scrubbing plastic furniture. Different types of outdoor furniture require specific cleaning techniques, so research how to clean your outdoor pieces.

Clean the Outdoor Cushions

Cleaning patio furniture cushions keeps them looking new. Start by brushing off any loose dirt or debris from the cushions. For spot cleaning, gently scrub the area with a mixture of mild soap and water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and let the cushions dry completely. To give them a deep clean, use a mixture of water and vinegar or a fabric cleaner specifically designed for outdoor cushions. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

Launder the Beach Towels

With swimming season coming to an end, it’s time to clean the beach towels. Use hot water and a small amount of fabric softener to wash them thoroughly.

End-of-Summer Cleaning: Scrub the Grill

Your grill has likely seen some use this summer. Before putting it away for the season, clean it well. Use a scraper to remove cooked-on grime and grease. A clean grill is safer to use, and your food will taste better.

While you probably wash them after every barbecue, give your grill accessories a deep cleaning before stowing them away for the season.

Prepare the Lawn Mower for the End of the Season

Cleaning and preparing your lawn mower for storage ensures its longevity and functionality for next year. Clean the exterior of the mower, removing debris, grass clippings, and dirt. Give extra attention to the undercarriage and blades, making sure they are free from debris. Drain the gasoline from the tank or add a fuel stabilizer to prevent it from breaking down during storage. Change the oil and replace the air filter if needed. Store your lawn mower in a dry, cool place, and cover it to protect it from dust and debris.

Gardening Tools and End-of-Summer Cleaning

Clean the garden tools to extend their lifespan and ensure they are ready for gardening next spring. Start by removing any caked-on dirt and debris from the tools using a stiff brush or hose. For stubborn mud, a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap works well. After cleaning, thoroughly dry the tools to prevent rusting. To provide extra protection, apply a light coat of oil on metal parts. Store your clean and dry garden tools in a dry, sheltered area to keep them in good condition.

By taking care of these end-of-summer cleaning tasks, you’ll prepare your tools and equipment for next season. Take steps to ensure a smooth transition into fall and winter and feel ready for next year.

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