A balcony is a great way for urban dwellers to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors in privacy and comfort. As much as you love your home, there are times when you want to get out and spend some time under the sky, either in quiet solitude or with the one you love. Whether you want to get out and breathe in the fresh air while you read the morning papers on a sunny morning or enjoy a hot cocoa on a winter’s night, your balcony is there for you all year round.
A balcony is many things to many people. It can be a place of quiet contemplation, a space in which to draw paint and create or an outdoor space in which flowers and plants are grown, displayed and tended. But all that exposure to the elements, not to mention the soot and grime from passing traffic, can make even the most perfectly decorated balcony feel dirty and dishevelled.
Here’s our step by step guide for keeping your balcony clean…
Clear the space
All too often people try and clean around their outdoor furniture, pots and planters… but this only creates more work in the long term when new patches of unclean balcony start to present themselves. The best way to clean the balcony is to start with a clean slate which means all furniture and plants are moved indoors for a little while.
Sweep the balcony
Like Danny LaRusso in The Karate Kid Part 2, you’re going to have to sweep to succeed! Get your best stiff bristle sweeping brush and give your balcony a good once over, being sure to target all the little bits of leaves and other airborne detritus which can make their way onto the average balcony. Be sure to pay special attention to the corners where little crumbs of dead leaf and soot can gather. Sweep everything into a dust pan and dispose of it in the trash.
Attend to your windows, walls and railings
Before you start scrubbing the floor of your balcony, you should first attend to the railings and windows. Mix a few capfuls of multi surface cleaner into a bucket of warm water and dampen a clean rag for railings and a scrubbing brush for walls. Remove the buildup of soot and dirt that have accumulated as well as any spider webs that you encounter. After scrubbing, rinse the surfaces down with fresh, clean water.
When that’s done it’s time to move onto your windows and sliding doors. Use a domestic window cleaner or (if you’re trying to be more sustainable) use a combination of water, spirit vinegar and lemon juice. We recommend using a microfiber cloth because they are super absorbent for a streak free finish.
Scrub or mop the floor
If your balcony floor is tiled or wooden you should apply a mop to clean the smooth surface using the same combination of multi surface cleaner and warm water that you used for your walls. If you have a more rough and rugged floor surface like concrete, however, it’s probably better to get on your hands and knees and use a stiff brush to work all the dirt out of the myriad little crevices. Simply dip the brush in the warm water and apply liberal elbow grease.
If any residue is left behind after cleaning, simply give it another once over with a mop and clean water.
Spruce up your furniture
While your balcony floor is drying, it’s time to head indoors and attend to your balcony furniture. Use a clean cloth or sponge dampened with warm water and a dash of multi surface cleaner. Gently wipe down your furniture and rinse with clean water if necessary. When you’re done, simply move your furniture back into your balcony to air dry.
Don’t have the time or energy? Maybe you should call in the pros!
A clean balcony is a far more pleasant space in which to enjoy your very own little piece of outdoor wonder. But in an age where many of us are working longer and harder than ever before, many simply don’t have the time or the energy to invest in cleaning their own balconies.
Don’t worry, the professionals have your back. Get in touch with the team at SwiftClean to hook you up with a fully experienced and vetted cleaning professional who can make short work of cleaning your balcony and leave it looking pristine.
So you can focus on what really matters… enjoying your balcony!