Are you one of those people who just has to head outdoors when the sultry summer weather settles in? We get it! For all the paito fiends out there, we know there’s nothing like visiting your favorite spots around your neighborhood — or, even better, setting up your own home’s patio or balcony for a relaxing time outside.
There’s just something about sitting outside and enjoying the summer air, with a warm breeze on your skin and the sights and sounds of summer all around you, that can’t really be described. Even better? When you bring friends and family into the mix, that summer day outdoors gets even brighter! What could beat that summertime feeling of sitting outside on a patio, rooftop, or balcony, complete with a gentle breeze, soft music playing in the background, and flowing conversation with friends and family?
Across Chicago, plenty of people spend the summer months throwing open their doors, sending out an e-vite, and bringing over their friends, family, and neighborhood to enjoy the summertime on their patio or rooftop.
Are you planning to throw the ultimate outdoor barbecue or pool party this summer? Ready to grill, entertain, or maybe even just have a relaxing space for yourself to sit back, relax, and take in the best of what summer has to offer? These simple steps can help you can get your patio, deck, or rooftop summertime-ready in a breeze:
1.) Plan Ahead
When your goal is to throw the ultimate outdoor soiree – you know, the one that will be the talk of the neighborhood well into the fall and winter – there’s a lot to get done, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You likely have a lot on your plate, from sending invites, to preparing food… the list goes on. Before that summertime stress really settles in, take some time to look over your outdoor area, and come up with a plan of what to do. Feel free to write down your “to-do list,” and break it up into manageable tasks. Survey your outdoor space, and then write down what you need to change, clean, organize, or get rid of — and then move in accordingly.
2.) Get Down and Dirty
Your patio, deck, or balcony needs to be party-ready – and, more often than not, that’s going to mean taking some time to clean!
First thing’s first, take some time to organize and declutter. Often, this is going to mean throwing out old or broken patio furniture, or perhaps dead plants that are still hanging around on your railing. After you’ve taken some time to declutter and get rid of anything unwanted in your outdoor entertaining area, it’s time to really get to work.
For starters, give your balcony or patio a good cleaning; start by sweeping off leaves, dirt, and debris from the floor, and then finish with a good rinsing and mopping (and maybe even a power wash, if you have the equipment on hand). Next, wipe down your railings and banisters, polish up your windows and sliding doors, and wipe down your outdoor lighting fixtures to get rid of built-on dust and grime.
At every step of the way, make sure you have the right tools for the job! Safety is important, particularly if you’re working on a high floor or rooftop. Check out our guide to the safest and most effective balcony cleaning tools here.
3.) Make the Space Sing With Furniture and Decor
Once your patio is clean and shiny, it’s time to fill this blank space and get it positively party-ready!
For one thing, this is going to mean unpacking and setting up your patio furniture. Whether it’s been sitting outside all season, or biding its time in the garage, your patio furniture is likely going to need a good cleaning. Wipe down your outdoor furniture pieces with a clean, dry cloth; for built-up grime or wear, you may want to use warm, soapy water to get a deeper clean. If you have any cushions, rugs, or outdoor fabrics, give these elements a good cleaning, as well. This may mean giving them a quick vacuum, or running them through the wash.
And don’t forget to break out the other fun decor items that can make your party sing, as well! Tablecloths, railing runners, door banners, games and activities — there is no shortage of ways to make your next summer party really pop!
4.) Landscape Like a Pro
Who doesn’t love settling down to a delicious summer meal with a prime view of flowers, plants, and greenery? Before the entertaining season kicks off in earnest, adding a little foliage — or tending to the greens and flowers you’ve already been cultivating — can help you create that ideal patio feel.
Around your backyard, pull out any unwanted weeds, and put in fresh mulch to help nourish and support your existing plants. If you need to add a fresh touch to your patio or deck, with more limited space, look into adding planters, hanging baskets, and flower pots, which can help create an ethereal and inspiring feel, without eating up your square footage.
5.) Add Those Key Finishing Touches
Are you planning for a party that stretches from daytime to nighttime? This summer, remember that lighting is essential for creating the ultimate party mood. For your outdoor space, invest in some patio lights to string overhead or around the porch. Floor lanterns and table lights can also create an incredible mood, look stylish — and they don’t require a live candle.
And what’s a summer party without a perfect playlist? You can invest in a professional audio installation service to create an enveloping summer soundscape, or just simply bring along a wireless speaker to get the party going — and keep the good vibes up all night long.
Ready to Get Outside and Entertain?
This summer, you deserve time to kick back, soak in the sun, and really celebrate the season. Scheduling service with Sweeping Dimensions can help give you back time for friends, family, and all of the most important things in your life!
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we always a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! Whether you’re looking for a deep clean, routine housekeeping, or service for a special event, we can help! With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
We’re so confident that you’ll love our service that we offer the Sweeping Dimensions guarantee! If our cleaning services should ever fail to meet your expectations, you can call us within 24 hours of your cleaning and we will send out a supervised crew to correct anything that needs attention.
Ready to get started truly enjoying your summer? Need help getting everything ready for your big outdoor event? We can help! Get in touch today for your free service estimate!