Many people love to sit on their front porch and enjoy some outside time. However, if it is rundown and not looking so great, it can be a place that you dread. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to keep your porch looking new so that you and your family can enjoy it for years to come.
Front Porch History
In the late nineteenth century, the front porch was at its prime. It was advancing with the Industrial Revolution. During this time, Americans were able to enjoy the outdoors more.
Houses that were built before 1930 will have porches. In fact, over 90 percent of them do. However, by the 1950s porches seemed to disappear because the air conditioner was invented. However, this does not mean they disappeared completely.
Over time, porches were more accommodating. They were used for many functions and had been coming out of all parts of the home. Some had screened-in porches that were off their living room, some had back porches that were connected to the kitchen. Some people even had structures that were connected to the front entryway of the home.
But let’s get into the tips you’re waiting for…
1. Partake in Routine Care
To keep your porch looking new and fresh, make sure you are keeping it clean. A clean porch will last a lot longer than one that is filthy. You always want to make sure you are doing these few things weekly.
- Sweep your porch floors with an outdoor broom.
- You want to dust your windowsills, ceiling fans, and door frames.
- Wash your light fixture covers.
- Insects love to get into these areas.
- Make sure you are removing the cover completely when you clean them.
- Make sure they are rinsed and dried completely before you put them back on the fixture.
- You want to sweep your ceiling and corners so that cobwebs are gone and debris is gone. You should be using a corn broom for this.
- Use an all-purpose cleaner to wash your walls. You will also want a large sponge.
- Sweep the floor with a large outdoor broom and then you want to use a deck brush to scrub the grime away. You can use all-purpose cleaner mixed with hot water for a cleaning solution.
- If you see mildew on the floor, use one-part bleach to three-parts water. You should be wearing gloves and goggles for this. Scrub your deck with the solution and a deck brush.
- You will want to clean your screens. Use warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. You can use a utility brush or a scrub brush. You should wash the screen itself and the frame. Make sure you are rinsing thoroughly. You can rinse with your garden hose. Allow the screens time to air dry.
- Paint your wooden porches so they last longer. You should use latex or oil-based paint for your floor. However, before you do this, you should sand your deck first. You do not need to prime, just get any existing paint away or roughen it. Make sure the floor is clean as well before painting.
Every month you should partake in these cleaning tasks to ensure the life of your porch.
2. Seasonal Maintenance
There are a few things you should do when the seasons change. You should make sure to do these chores seasonally for the best results. We recommend keeping these items done so that your porch looks great and stays looking new.