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Speed Clean: Dirty Decks and Patios

If stains on your outdoor surfaces make you want to go back inside, try these quick-clean tips



1. Delete Leaf Stains


Falling leaves are pretty, but the tannins they contain can leave behind ugly marks. To remove them:

  • Wet the stained spot well with
a hose.
  • Apply a household rust remover like 30 Seconds.
  • Spray it on and leave it for 30 seconds. Make sure you wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • Wash it off with water.
  • Hose the area off well.



2. Erase mildew marks


To zap spots caused by moisture trapped under planters and debris:

  • Mix 2 cups of liquid chlorine bleach and 2½tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent with 1,5 litres of warm water.
  • Soak the stain with the solution and allow it to set for 10 to 15 minutes; if it starts drying midway, wet it again.
  • Scrub it with a stiff brush, wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • Hose space off thoroughly, since remaining bleach, over time, can damage wood in particular.



Make it easier next time:

Trim overhanging branches and sweep wet leaves, pine needles and other debris ASAP, to prevent staining.

Place planters and pots on stands to keep mildew from forming underneath them.



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