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Tips to keep your terrace clean

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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For those of us who don't really have the time to take good care of our gardens and terraces - due to work or simple lack of time, in general—and it's often the case where we look out of the window of an evening and think 'why are you so dirty!'. The aim of today's article is to give you guys a few helpful tips on not just how to keep the place clean but also to make it stay that way! We hope you find it useful. 

Treating wood

After a few years decking starts to look old, worn and quite frankly unpleasant. This is especially the case with the common place grooved decking that is available even at all DIY and home stores. In order to keep the place looking fresh and attractive, we'd advise splashing out a little more on your decking—yes, we realise that it make an initial, and slightly significant, price difference, but after a few years you will see that the money has been well spent. You can sand and re-stain real wood decking fairly easily, and the more intense and aged looking the stain, the better and more authentic it will look—sort of like an old leather jacket of boots! 

Easy access

Sandstone paving & steps:  Terrace by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Sandstone paving & steps

Paul Newman Landscapes

For gardens and terraces with a lot of plants on them, a good idea is to have a nice, open easy to access surface to work from. Smooth and polished concrete or stone is very easy to clean and won't stain particularly either. Things like leaves and water can be easily dealt with, with a broom, and it'll be fast to dry out—leaving you happy and the terrace looking great.

Keeping it simple

De-cluttering the terrace or balcony is also a sure fire way of making it look aesthetically pleasing all year round. Take this minimalist approach, for example: very few plants, a garden furniture set and clean, angular geometry in the architecture. An awesome scene!

For more garden furniture set ideas click here.

The right floor surface

For busy and often used areas like a family home and party venue, things like wind, dirt, water and leaves combine to make a mess that can be hard to clean. Sometimes this is unavailable too, especially in areas that get a lot of bad weather. One trick to avoid this being completely problematic, is to choose a rugged floor surface. This way it wont become damaged easily and a heavy duty yard broom will clean up most of the mess afterwards.

Smart plants

Plants can be your best friend and your worst enemy! Why? Because when the wind picks up and the buds and leaves start to blow around, the place looks untidy, the pool dirty and you feel the worse for it. Keeping these things on order shouldn't be problematic, simply choose your plants wisely—a palm tree by the pool instead of hanging baskets and evergreen shrubbery instead of seasonal plants will create less mess and overall, keep your place looking awesome all year round. 

For more garden ideas look here.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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