A porch is a part of the home that stirs the nostalgic and romantic in people. It was originally built in the late 19th century. In the United States, it has been estimated that around 90% of homes constructed before 1930 had porches. However, because of the progress of air conditioning, the demand for porches shrank by the 1950’s. But, porches did not entirely disappear.

Porches became more spacious over the years, adjusting to various functions and prospering from every part of the home. However, a porch installed in front of the house is the most popular of them all. It is a place to enjoy a swing on a heat of the summer, drink a glass of iced tea, a place to socialize. Basically, it is an outdoor living room.

If you already have installed a screened in porch in Richmond, here are some ways to keep them looking new.

Routine Care

  • Each week, using an outdoor push broom, sweep the floor of your porch. Also, dust the ceiling-fan blades, door frames, and windowsills with a counter brush.
  • Each month, wash the covers of your light fixtures. To clean them, always remove the covers since insects tend to gather in them. Before putting them again, rinse and dry thoroughly.

Seasonal Maintenance

  • Using a cord broom, sweep away debris and cobwebs from ceilings and walls. Using an all-purpose solution cleaner, wash down the walls and water it using a huge sponge. Make sure the sponge is a polyester one.
  • Using a long-handled deck brush, scrub away the grime. You can do this after you sweep thoroughly the floor using an outdoor push broom. Also, it is best that you use an all-purpose cleaning solution and hot water to completely remove the grime.
  • Scrub with a mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part oxygen bleach if you see some accumulation of mildew on the porch’s floor. Scrub it using a deck brush and do not forget to wear protective goggles and gloves.
  • Using warm water and an all-purpose cleaning solution that is non-ammoniated, clean porch screens with a utility brush or a scrub. Wash the frame as well as the mesh. Thoroughly rinse the screens using a garden hose and let them dry. Whisk away dirt and dust between deep cleanings using a soft counter brush or a hand-held vacuum.
  • If they are painted, wooden porch steps and floors last longer and look best. Paint specifically formulated for floors and porches are oil-based or latex, self-priming, and are strong enough to endure the elements. Painting the floor of your porch is the same as painting any other surfaces. You should sand and clean first. However, it’s not worth investing a lot of time in thorough preparation if the floors of the porch are typically made from cheap wood. Sanding is enough. Priming is not that needed. Sweep the debris away, and clean well the steps and floor with water. Let it dry first before painting.