Cleaning Outdoors: Decks, Furniture, and Patios in Style

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It has been a busy week around here…B-U-S-Y. Busy not with fun creative and decorative stuff, but boring cleaning stuff – yep, cleaning, you know the water and scrub-brushing kind! You don’t read about that much here, but it does happen on occasion. Today, it’s all about cleaning outdoor furniture.

Now that it is nearing the end of May the start of outdoor living and entertaining has arrived. I had to get my butt in gear to get my deck, patio, and backyard in general – fit for outdoor living.

I prefer interior decorating over exterior any day, but I do love to be outside and want to make the outdoor space at my house as nice as afford-ably possible.  When it comes to getting the outside DIY done, the words – chores and drudgery come to my mind.

Tasks is how I have to think of them or I would be too overwhelmed by all that has to be done.  I completed one of these “tasks”  this week with the help of my daughter.

My backyard gets full sun all day, but we still end up with lots of mold and mildew all over – YUCK-O!!!  It won’t come off with soap and water – the big guns have to come out and I have found the best big gun to get rid of all of it is with a few pumps of a trigger.

Here is the gross BEFORE of the rails around my deck.

Wood Deck Before Cleaning: Cleaning Outdoors

This year I got to do this chore “task” in style as the makers of Bogs Footwear sent me a pair of their waterproof boots to try out.  They were the perfect footwear for the wet and messy job I took on.

How to Remove Mold and Mildew From Outdoor Furniture and Surfaces

The “big cleaning gun and trigger” I needed to use to get this job done – Clorox Pro Results Outdoor Bleach.  They are not paying me for this post. This stuff works wonders and makes cleaning my deck and outside furniture truly – EASY!  All you need is a bucket, sponge or scrub brush, rubber gloves and boots to protect your hands and feet. If you are going to clean something high, I would recommend safety glasses so that when you rinse with a hose, the spray doesn’t get in your eyes.

Clorox PRO REsults Outdoor Bleach: Cleaning Outdoors

Tilex brand also makes a Mold and Mildew formula. I have used both and they both do the job – excellently!!!  What I like about them is that the bottle has a handle that you can carry around as well as a hose and trigger spray that makes it easy to walk around and simply spray all the yucky mold and mildew away.  I bought both at Lowes.

Tilex-Pro-Results Outdoor Cleaner

Once you have the mildewed surfaces sprayed, let it sit for awhile and then hose it off. If there are any stubborn spots, use a scrub brush.

My older daughter helped – she thinks the boots are ultra cool, and has been wearing them to garden over the last few weeks, too.  I picked out the Classic Mid Lanai 52483-400  that are just high enough that your feet stay dry if you step in a big puddle or are using a hose and not too tall that they would be uncomfortably hot as a higher boot would be in the summer months.

Bogs Waterproof Boots: Gardening and Cleaning Outdoors

They are quite roomy and my feet stayed dry the entire time I worked, even with everything around me soaking wet.


AFTER spraying and rinsing the cleaner off, the deck rails were all white again.

Outdoor Wood Deck Cleaning Tips


I also needed to do the patio chairs.  I did the work, my daughter modeled so I could take photos.  :)

Outdoor Patio Cleaning tips

If you have mold and mildew problems, you know soap and water will not remove it. Before I found out how well the Clorox/Tilex cleaners work, I was ready to throw the chairs out.  Not anymore – they look as good as new after one treatment. I am just thrilled to have them look good again.

How to clean outdoor furniture

Bogs boots come in many different styles, prints, and colors – all are warm, waterproof, and ready for all-weather conditions.  They have men’s, women’s, and kids outdoor, casual, industrial, hunting and agricultural industries boots.

Bogs-Footwear and Boots

My daughter also wore them when she planted a veggie garden a few weeks ago.  She had been stomping in mud and muck and told me her feet stayed warm and dry, plus she never brought the caked-in mud into the garage or mud room because she simply hosed them off, soles and all while she had them on.  They looked like new after hosing off.

Bogs Boots review

They are a little heavy, but once you walk around for a while, they are nothing but comfy and easy to work in.

Bogs boots

They only come in whole sizes and fit true to size. There is plenty of room to wear thick socks if needed as I think they are a tad roomier than most boots. My daughter agreed with me. I also think my daughter

Bogs Footwear

has taken ownership of them she likes them so much.  Of course I will let her have them especially since she has been such a huge help in getting the back yard summer ready.

Raking (1 of 1)

It always takes some doing to get me going with the cleaning and drudgery tasks, but once I start I always seem to get on a roll and get it all done.  I am now rewarded for all my hard work  – My backyard, deck, and patio are ready for summer. I hope it is a good one with lots of perfect sunny days to sit outside and enjoy.

Cleaning Outdoors to get ready for spring

I started this morning and ate my breakfast outside – it was a perfect.  I have to thank Bogs Footwear and the Clorox/Tilex cleaners for helping me make it happen.


You can also see how I utilize my clean deck and furniture in my Outdoor Living Archives.

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  1. What an awesome deck, Diane!!! Wow! Love it! Thanks for the tip on cleaning the yuck! I’ve never heard of it and plan on picking some up!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  2. Well, it looks like it cleaned things up beautifully, Diane. I wish I knew about this stuff when we were in our old house. Those resin chairs and table would have turned out much better. Even though I would use a bleach based cleanser on them, they never really cleaned up 100%. Your deck area looks just beautiful. Enjoy it!

    1. Hi Kathy I learned the hard way about resin chairs and used Windex to clean them once years ago. The ammonia takes the finish off. Wish I had the Clorox back then. I hope u have a splendid weekend .

    1. Hi Becky. Thanks. It is very sunny – sometimes a bit too much. Did you get that retractable awning you mentioned on Pinterest for your backyard? Do you like it.