On the agenda that day was to clean the awning and the front steps and other little details.
I was meaning to get a special awning cleaning product but, as is often the case, I couldn't wait so I just used what I had on hand; A power washer, soap, mildew remover (from the bathroom) and a long brush. Oh, and a water supply, aka the garden hose.
After wetting the awning I sprayed on soap and the mildew product and then used the long brush and scrubbed away. I let it sit for a while and then let the power washer do the rest of the work for me. I was up on the little step ladder but the dang machine leaked so although I was wearing a rain coat and rubber gloves I got completely soaked. The awning got clean and so did I. Or did I? Hehe.
After the awning got done I went to the front of the house and cleaned the steps and trellis with the power washer. I love to see the dirt just disappear. The powerful water stream is pretty harsh on the white paint of the trellises but I'm not too worried. I let everything dry up completely and then I'll repaint where necessary later this spring.
Obviously the pots needed replanting and I wanted to change from my winter broom to my spring one.
Martha and I get accused sometimes for paying way to much attention to detail and I guess the winter/spring broom thing is grounds for accusation. I plead guilty as charged. I mean how can I live with a winter broom next to my spring pots?! Impossible.
So that's part one of my spring cleaning routine (is it a routine if you only do it once a year?). Stay tuned for part two. Or don't if it's all too much of a good thing and if you're not half as excited as I am about this topic. I won't hold it against you.