End-of-Summer Cleaning Guide

Gardening Tools

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.

Garden tools

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.

Outdoor furniture

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.

Barbecue grill

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.

Lawn mower

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.


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