7 Easy Ways to Get Your Deck, Yard & Garage Winter-Ready

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Sadly, summer is over. The leaves are changing, backpacks are back, and football games are on. And though fall has a lot to offer, we still tend to look outdoors with longing, keeping that deck furniture out for just one more week, just in case we get a nice, warm day.

We know that summer won’t be back for a long time. But we also know if we don’t do our outdoor clean-up soon, it’s never going to happen!

Here are some quick tips for winterizing your outdoor areas. Just remember, nothing self-cleans, so don’t put it away dirty! All it takes is a little bit of time, and a little Arm & Hammer™ Super Washing Soda to make summer’s return a whole lot easier!

What outdoor items do you always forget to clean at the end of summer?

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  • Outdoor Furniture

    1

    Before you cover your wrought-iron or plastic furniture for the winter, scrub it down with a hard-bristle brush and a solution of Arm & Hammer™ Super Washing Soda. Rinse with the hose and let it dry in the sun. (Make sure you do this on your driveway because you don’t want to damage your deck’s finish.) Also, don’t forget to clean plastic seat cushions and pillows! A simple wipe down and rinse should do it. (Do not use on aluminum surfaces.)

  • The Greasy Grill

    2

    Don’t let this year’s steak greet you next season. To remove hardened grease and food, simply scrub your grill with Super Washing Soda sprinkled on a moist, stiff-bristled brush.

  • Barbecue Tools

    3

    No, you’re not the only one puts your spatula inside the grill after flipping burgers and forgets about it! Collect all your BBQ tools and give them a good soak in a solution of ½ cup Super Washing Soda dissolved in a gallon of warm water. Rinse and dry so they’re all set for next season - or ready for mid-winter grilling, if the cold doesn’t stop you! (Do not use on aluminum surfaces.)

     

  • The Toolbox

    4

    Your saw deserves to shine! And so do your hedge trimmers and clippers. Give them a scrub with Super Washing Soda and a stiff-bristled brush, then hose them down and let dry in the sun.

  • Sports Equipment

    5

    What about all those soccer balls and footballs and plastic bats in the garage? A quick wipe down will make them look new and inviting when your backyard ballpark opens again in the spring. While you’re at it, take some time to clean off the plastic playhouse and toy workbench!

  • Beach Chairs

    6

    Don’t forget to clean your beach chairs and coolers at the end of the season. Last year’s sand in your seat will be an unpleasant way to start next summer. (Do not use on aluminum surfaces.)

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