Cleaning Tips to Perk Up Your Porch

From the Editors of Fabric Care Solutions


Whether your porch wraps around your house or is only big enough to fit an armchair, you can turn it into a cozy nook for reading, sipping a glass of wine, or getting away from it all (without really leaving). You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time prepping your porch. A few simple tricks are all it takes to create an outside oasis.

Hang some drapes. Add a little romance—and privacy—to this outdoor space by installing curtains. All you need is an inexpensive rod and tab-top curtains (consider ones in a durable, weather-resistant fabric, many of which are as soft as cotton) to give your porch a breezy, laid-back vibe. Bonus: On sunny days, the curtains can also be pulled shut to provide shade.

Paint your floor. Set a clear divide between indoors and out by giving your porch floor a few coats of a bright, invigorating paint. Remember to choose a shade that complements the exterior of your house.

Think bright. Patterned cushions or throw pillows add instant chic to a porch swing or a comfy chair. If you already own cushions, freshen them up by laundering them with a lush smelling detergent. Think of it as cleaning and aromatherapy in one!

Lay down a rug. Pull your porch together with an indoor/outdoor area rug or a couple of cotton area rugs. (Don’t forget to buy a rug pad to keep the carpets from sliding around.) Add colorful garden stool too. It can pull double duty as both side table and extra seating.

Include cozy throws. Fill a basket with soft, comfortable throws and quilts laundered with laundry detergent and dryer sheets in soothing scents. You’ll appreciate the smell when you curl up for a nap in your newly revitalized outdoor room!

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