The dog days of summer are winding down, and fall is just around the corner. Check out these cleaning tips to guide you through your late-summer to-do list.
If your garden tools are caked with dirt and rust, it’s time for a deep clean. Scrape off dirt with a putty knife. Use steel wool to remove any rust. Rub lighter fluid or another petroleum-based solvent on shears to remove sap. Soak the tools in hot water and dish soap and dry before storing.
By late summer, your outdoor furniture likely needs a good scrub. Do your research since certain fabrics require different methods of cleaning. Spot-clean cushions according to their instructions.
Summer barbecues are bound to cause some buildup. Heat the grill and scrub the rack with a wet wire brush. Use grill cleaner or soapy water on tougher grease spots. Allow the grill to cool and wipe down with a damp cloth.
The end of the summer is a great time to maintain your lawn mower. Change the oil and spark plug. Replace the air filter, if necessary. Drain the gasoline before storing it away until next year.