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Eight outdoor cleaning jobs to tackle in winter

Clean your deck with Resene Timber and Deck Wash to remove dirt and grime from the surface.

When it comes to cleaning, spring gets all of the glory, but autumn and winter can be the perfect time to have a clear up. By tackling your outdoor projects before the really wet and cold weather kicks in, you’ll prevent moss and mould from building up while making your areas safer and less slippery. So let’s get to it!

Get rid of the gunk

If left untreated, moss, mould and lichen can damage timber and can penetrate paint film, destabilising the paint. The damp conditions of winter help these baddies thrive, so treat them with Resene Moss & Mould Killer to stop them in their tracks. Apply Resene Moss & Mould Killer with a garden sprayer or brush and allow it to soak in. Scrub vigorously and rinse with water. 

You can use it to tackle mould indoors too. Black mould can be a problem in damp, poorly ventilated interior spaces. To prevent regrowth, repaint using a Resene waterborne paint such as Resene Kitchen & Bathroom paint or Resene SpaceCote dosed with Resene MoulDefender additive.

Rub a dub dub

Next it’s time to clean your timber surfaces with Resene Timber and Deck Wash. As well as removing dirt and grime from timber, it will open up the wood fibres – perfect if you’re planning on repainting or restaining, as it will allow the Resene paint or Resene Woodsman stain to penetrate into the wood. 

Apply the Resene Timber and Deck Wash solution generously using a wide brush and allow it to soak into the timber for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing using a hand brush, following the grain of the timber. Rinse with water.

Get deck-orating

If you’re packing away your outdoor furniture for winter, why not take advantage of the clear surface and restain your deck? Resene Woodsman Decking Oil Stain is a penetrative stain that will not only protect your deck from the elements, but it will enhance the natural beauty of timber. Staining a deck is a reasonably quick job that can be done over a weekend, particularly if you use a PAL Deckmaster deck brush to apply the stain in long strokes, just like you’re mopping the floor.

Slip one past the mould

Exterior surfaces quickly get grubby and become home to moss, lichen and the like. Get in first by cleaning concrete and pathways with Resene Deep Clean. This slow-acting preventative cleaner is ideal for patios, paths and decks. It simply needs to be sprayed on and then you let it and nature do the rest. 

Get a grip

In 2022, there were just under 750,000 new ACC claims for injuries from falls. Children and adults over 65 are particularly vulnerable to injuries from slips. Apply Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path grit finish to stairs and paths to help your feet and shoes grip the ground and keep your family safe. Add extra grip to flooring and other foot traffic areas with Resene Walk-on paint.

Concrete ideas

Did you know you can also stain concrete? While re-laying new pavers might cost thousands, staining your concrete is a far cheaper way to smarten up your entrance. Resene Concrete Stain is a solventborne stain available in seven colours, including Resene Bleached Grey, Resene Deep Grey, Resene Black and Resene Red Terracotta. For a natural look opt for the clear version, Resene Concrete Conserver. 

A clear winter day might be the ideal time to apply this product, as in the heat of summer stains dry very quickly on concrete. Apply using a brush, sprayer or short-nap fibre roller and avoid lap marks by maintaining a wet edge. Resene Concrete Stain can also be applied to paving stones − you could even consider a patterned design using two or more colours. 

Washing time

You probably wash your car regularly, but how often do you wash your house? Cleaning it once or twice a year with Resene Paint Prep and Housewash helps your paint last longer and can save you time and money in repaints. Plus, it’s a great job to tackle on an overcast day.

Be winter wise

While it’s tempting to sit back and leave all the hard work until spring, you can paint in winter and get some of your to-do list done early. When doing any job in winter, you need to keep an eye on the temperature. The ideal painting conditions are 15-20°C – if applied in lower temperatures, paint can powder and crack and fail prematurely. So when the temperature drops, simply grab some Resene Wintergrade Additive and mix it into selected Resene paints. This will allow you to apply paint in temperatures as low as 3°C.

When painting outdoors in winter, your windows of opportunity are smaller due to fewer daylight hours. The formation of dew at the beginning and end of the day can also affect the drying of paint. Plan your time carefully and work in small manageable sections. Winter is also a great time to paint indoors – use the cooler evening time for prep work such as sanding and cleaning with Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner.

Whatever the weather, there are plenty of jobs that can be done in winter, leaving you more time to enjoy your home when the warm weather finally arrives.

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