- How to Clean Garden Statues
- How to Wash Blinds
- How to Clean Granite Boulders
- The Best Way to Clean Snorkel Masks
- How to Clean Efflorescence Stains on Concrete
- How to Clean Concrete & Brick
- How to Clean Indoor Plant Leaves
- How to Clean Limestone Tombstones
- How to Clean Pruners
- How to Recondition Teak Furniture
Garden statues can dress up your outdoor space and give it distinct character. Unfortunately, these pieces of outdoor decor are susceptible to the elements and can quickly become dirty. A regular annual or semi-annual cleaning will help keep your garden statues glowing and clean year-round.
Rinse the entire statue thoroughly with clean water. Use a toothbrush, new paintbrush or small soft scrub brush to get into nooks and crannies and scrub out the dirt and grime with water. In some cases, this may be all that your statue needs to look refreshed.
Scrub the statue gently with a mild mixture of liquid dish soap and water or a home cleaner, such as Simple Green. Use a soft scrub brush and work in circular motions over the surface of the statue. If you are working with wood, work with the grain. Use a toothbrush or new paintbrush to get into small crevices.
Rinse the statue thoroughly to remove any traces of soap residue.
Allow the statue to dry thoroughly. If you are working with a concrete piece that uses water, such as a fountain or birdbath, apply a water sealant before refilling it. Use a soft sponge to apply the sealant to the surface of the statue and allow it to dry completely before filling with water.
Apply a paste wax to the surface of the statue if it is made from bronze. Use a clear wax and soft rag to gently wax the surface of the statue.
Use a ladder or step stool to reach the top of the blind. Make sure blind is extended and slats are open. Carefully remove blind from the brackets. Put any removed hardware in a secure place.
Fill the bathtub with warm or cold water, and add a small amount of liquid soap. The bathtub should be filled with enough water to cover blinds.
Place blinds into the bathtub, and let soak.
Using a soft brush, scrub several blind slats at a time. When the entire blind has been scrubbed, pull blind up and down in the bathtub several times to release soap and dirt left behind.
Hold blind up, and rinse with water from the shower head. Hang the blind over the shower curtain rod to dry.
If you have a swimming pool, another way is to put the blinds into the pool spreading the blind out. The chlorine in the pool will clean the blind. Leave it to soak for awhile. Remove from pool and hang outdoors to dry. Do not use this method for metal blinds.
Hose down the granite boulder as soon as you notice any stains, such as spots left over from birds or moss and grass stains. The sooner you hose down the stains, the easier it will be to remove them.
Mix a mild soap with water and soak a rag into it. Wash the granite boulder around the stained areas. If the stains are fresh they will come off fairly easily.
Spray a stone-cleaning solution onto the boulder. You can find these cleaners at most home improvement stores. Allow the stone cleaner to soak into the boulder for a few minutes.
Rub the cleaner into the stone with a rag or sponge. The cleaner is good for tough stains that may have been sitting on the granite boulder for a while.
Rinse off the soap and cleaner and dry the granite boulder with a clean rag. Leaving water on the boulder for the sun to dry can age the granite faster.
Pour vinegar onto a rag and wipe any areas of the snorkel mask that have calcium or lime deposits. Rinse the mask.
Pour two to three drops of dish soap into the bucket. Fill half the bucket with water.
Put the mask in the soapy water. Let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes.
Dip the rag into the water to wet it. Scrub off the mask, including the lenses. The soft cloth won't scratch the lenses.
Rinse the mask off with water until no suds appear in the water. Set out to dry.
Put on a pair of latex gloves, a dust mask and safety goggles to keep the efflorescence away from your hands and eyes, and to keep from breathing the substance into your lungs.
Scrub off the efflorescence with a dry, non-metallic, stiff brush. If cleaning a concrete floor or driveway, use a dry, non-metallic, stiff push-broom.
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water.
Dip a clean sponge into the bucket of water. Remove sponge and wring out excess water.
Scrub off any remaining efflorescence debris with the damp sponge. If cleaning a concrete driveway or floor, pour the water directly on the concrete surface and scrub the remaining efflorescence debris with the push broom.
Saturate the sponge with white vinegar to remove stubborn efflorescence stains. If cleaning a concrete floor or driveway, pour ½ cup of white vinegar directly on the efflorescence stain and scrub with a sponge.
Let the concrete surface air dry once the surface is efflorescence-free.
Attach a pressure nozzle to your garden hose. Adjust the nozzle to create a high-pressure stream. Turn the water on and direct the stream at the brick or concrete surface to rinse loose dirt and debris away.
Mix a solution of bleach and water in a bucket at a ratio of four parts water to one part bleach.
Put on the rubber gloves. Dip your scrub brush into the bucket and scrub the areas you're cleaning with the brush.
Rinse the scrubbed area with a high-pressure stream from the garden hose.
Scrub the surface again if it is not completely clean, working on a small area at a time and rinsing with the garden hose after each pass.
Dampen a soft clean cloth or sponge. Make sure that whatever you use is as soft as possible to avoid harming your plant.
Wipe down both sides of each leaf with the cloth to remove any loose dirt and dust. Support each leaf with your free hand as you clean it, to avoid applying too much pressure and breaking it off.
“Wash” dirty leaves by adding a small drop of a mild bleach-free dish soap to the dampened cloth. Follow up with a second soft damp cloth to rinse the leaves.
Allow your plant to air dry in a cool dry place with a breeze by placing it near an open window or turning on a fan and setting it nearby.
Soak the tombstone with natural spring water. Sulfites from a well, or chemicals from tap water, can cause a reaction to the calcite in the limestone.
Spray a non-ionic detergent onto the tombstone. A base liquid dish washing detergent should work, but read the label first. Non-ionic detergent has no ionic groups in its molecular makeup. This prevents the detergent from reacting poorly with hard water ions.
Sweep the tombstone with a natural or nylon soft-bristled brush. Use a mild amount of pressure while cleaning. Do not try to remove stains from the tombstone.
Brush detailed areas with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Soak the tombstone several times with water to remove the detergent.
Repeat the process, if necessary. It is better to lightly clean the tombstone several times, than to give a hard cleaning once.
Remove any mud or dirt from your pruners with water and a wire brush.
Fill a bucket with warm water about halfway full. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of liquid soap as you fill the bucket to get a foamy lather.
Place the pruners in the bucket and scrub them with a cloth until all grim, sap and other unsavory elements are removed.
Dry the pruners with a clean towel.
Wipe down the pruners with alcohol or bleach to disinfect them.
Spray WD-40 or another lubricant oil spray on the metal parts of the pruners to help keep them in good working order.
Sand the teak furniture with fine-grain sandpaper.
Mix 2 cups of household ammonia with 1 capful of laundry detergent after donning a pair of rubber gloves.
Apply the cleaning solution to the teak furniture, using a scrub brush to gently clean the furniture while working in straight, horizontal lines from top to bottom. Dispose any unused cleaning solution after you have cleaned the entire piece of furniture.
Rinse off the teak furniture with a hose and allow it to dry completely, preferably in the sun, for at least three days.
Pour teak oil onto a clean, lint-free rag after donning rubber gloves and apply the oil to the teak furniture from top to bottom. Allow the furniture to dry overnight before using.