Eight easy ways to maintain your beach house

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Eight easy ways to maintain your beach house

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If you’re lucky enough to own a beach house, chances are you probably don’t spend a lot of time in it. But even though you’re not there, you still want to make sure the place stays in good condition for your next holiday. We’ll show you some quick and easy maintenance tips to keep your getaway looking its best all year round.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Keep tools and materials at beach house
2 Mulch your garden
3 Get rid of cobwebs
4 Clean and oil your deck
5 Clean air conditioner
6 Clean ceiling fans
7 Check your smoke alarm
8 Store away furniture
  • Step 1. Keep tools and materials at beach house

    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.

  • Step 2. Mulch your garden

    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.

  • Step 3. Get rid of cobwebs

    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.

  • Step 4. Clean and oil your deck

    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.

  • Step 5. Clean air conditioner

    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.

  • Step 6. Clean ceiling fans

    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.

  • Step 7. Check your smoke alarm

    A smoke alarm can save your life, so make sure they’re working properly. It’s important to replace the battery at least once a year. Once you’ve done that, press the test button to see if it’s working.
  • Step 8. Store away furniture

    There’s nothing worse than coming back to your holiday home and finding your outdoor furniture covered in dirt and leaves. Next time, make sure you store it all away from the elements before you leave. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Brooms
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cobweb broom
  • Decking oil applicator
  • Dust mask
  • Duster
  • Dustpan
  • Garden gloves
  • Hose
  • Ladder
  • Water blaster
  • Wire brush

Materials

  • Decking oil
  • Mulch
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