4 Necessary Tools for Tackling Outdoor Surfaces
This soap is for more than just your dishes (really!). To easily clean stone surfaces, fill a large bucket with warm water, and then add a couple squirts of soap. Using a nylon push broom, scrub the ground until the solution suds. Rinse well to see the sparkle.
To buy: $3 at retailers nationwide.
Benjamin Moore Clean 318
Combat mold and mildew on your deck with this concentrated formula, which removes stains, restores finishes, and cleans surfaces. For simple care of a concrete patio, wet-mop the surface. Dilute the solution according to the directions, and then use a stiff push broom. Use some muscle to scrub the surface before you rinse off with the hose.
To buy: $24, benjaminmoore.com for stores.
Penofin Ultra Premium Red Label
Protect your wood deck from sun damage and mildew. By using oil that penetrates the wood, the color won’t fade or wash off (phew). Available in ten colors, you’ll be able to find the long-lasting shade that's ideal for your deck. For the best application, use a mini paint roller.
To buy: $50, 800-736-6346 for stores.
Enviro Klean 2010 All Surface Cleaner
Got a stain on your concrete? Use a cleaner that’s strong enough for industrial use. Free of harsh solvents or acids, this cleaner can be rinsed with water and can be used indoors or outdoors. For the best clean, use a stiff-bristled nylon brush to scrub the stains on a concrete patio.
To buy: $42, psc-solutions.com.