Oates Supreme Garden Broom
To make maintenance easier, keep your cleaning tools and other materials at the beach house. That way, you've always got everything handy when you need it.
You can keep your garden healthy while you're not around with a good quality mulch. A nice thick layer stops weeds from growing, prevents soil erosion, adds nutrients, and it looks good. It also retains moisture in the soil to keep your plants moist while you're away. When using it, make sure you wear gloves and a dust mask.
It's also a good idea to give your house a once over with a cobweb broom. This will keep the spiders from getting inside your place while you're away. If there are any areas that you can't reach, then give them a spray with your water blaster. It'll also get rid of any salt around the house or any build-up from the weather.
If you have a deck, give the floor and any rails a clean with your water blaster and scrub with your wire brush. Then oil the timber with some decking oil to protect it from dirt and mould, and keep it looking its best for longer.
Air conditioners have filters to catch dust. Over time these can get quite dirty so remove and clean them. You can use a brush or rinse with water, but make sure they're dry before you put them back in the unit.
Give your fans a good wipe over with a cloth to remove any dust or build-up. It will improve the efficiency of the fan and prolong their working life. If your fans are positioned over a bed or furniture, lay down a drop sheet to stop any dust getting on them.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.