You guys know that over the last few weeks I’ve been all about the Spring cleaning and organizing. I’ve been attacking each room of my home and ensuring that dust and dirt know that they don’t live here anymore. And I have to say, I’ve been ecstatic with the results that I have achieved. From getting rid of dirt and grime to simply helping organize essential areas, discovering a way to unleash clean on my home has helped me fall even more in love with the place where I live. Over the last few months we’ve spent so much time in doors that getting those areas spotless was naturally my first priority but now that I’ve achieved that, I realized that with Spring entertaining on the horizon, I need to do a little Spring cleaning on my outdoor areas and specifically my main entertaining area…AKA the porch.
You see, I’ve been waiting months for the weather to warm up and the cookouts to begin. Since our back porch has a beautiful Spring entertaining area, I’ve been dreaming of the day when I can pull the cover off the grill, set the outdoor table and well, pretty much live outside until the cold weather returns. And just last week, as the temperature soared towards the 80 degree mark, I threw open my doors and prepared to do just that….except, I was met with an outdoor area that wasn’t quite ready for entertaining. After a winter of not being used, my porch was in need of some major help. Thankfully, with a little help from Viva® Paper Towels, I was able to remedy the problem and turn my back porch from unusable to the perfect Spring Entertaining area in just a few simple steps!
Clean Your Outdoor Dining Areas
Chances are after a long winter, no matter what your outdoor entertaining area consists of, it’s in need of a good cleaning. Let me stress here that no matter what area you are preparing for outdoor Spring entertaining, getting rid of that layer of grime (and pollen if you live in the South) is essential. Thankfully, from counters to bar tops to tables, I know that it’s easy to clean all my outdoor areas with a simple homemade all purpose cleaning solution and Viva® Paper Towels.
For me, the first step to getting my porch Spring entertaining ready was to get that layer of grossness off the top of it. Starting with my tables, chairs and bar area, I used a simple natural all purpose cleaner and the strength of Viva® Paper Towels to rid my outdoor area of the grime.
What You Will Need:
1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Cold Water
5-6 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
How to Make It:
Using a juicer, I squeezed the juice from my half lemon and half lime into measuring cup and poured it into a clean spray bottle. Next, I poured my vinegar and water in and finally added in my essential oil. After shaking it gently, my all purpose cleaner was ready to use! Then all that was left to do was gently spray it onto any of my outdoor surfaces and use the strength of my Viva® Paper Towels to wipe away the dirt and reveal the beauty underneath!
With the ability to clean more that just spills, these amazing paper towels stood up to months of neglect and powered through pollen and dirt that had almost become part of our outdoor areas. And with different options like the Viva® Vantage® with a scrubby, terrycloth like texture or the Viva® Towels with a soft, undershirt like texture, no matter what surface I was looking to clean, I knew that there is a Viva® towel for that! In fact, I was able to gently clean my wooden surfaces using the smooth texture of Viva® Towels without worrying one bit that I would end up with anything less that wood that looked absolutely amazing!
But once my eating areas were spic and span, it was time to tackle some of my tougher jobs that were sure to make my porch perfectly ready for Spring entertaining.
Make the Grill Shine
Fact: Nobody wants to eat off a grill that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned since the turn of the century. Fact: Cleaning grills can be a challenge. Now that we’ve got those two facts out of the way, let me tell you my little secret to getting my grill sparkling….you guessed it, Viva® Vantage®! The scrubby texture of these paper towels paired with my homemade all-purpose cleaner means getting the grill sparkling is as easy as spraying it on and applying a little elbow grease!
With not too much effort, I was able to make over my grill and get it looking almost brand new again!
With my shiny centerpiece ready for all of my Spring cookouts, it was easy to see that all it really took to achieve the look I wanted was the scrubby texture that only Viva® Vantage® provides!
Provide Plenty of Seating
I know what you’re thinking….I’ve only got so much porch and I can’t make it work. But I’ve discovered that by maximizing my porch area, I can ensure plenty of seating for all of my Spring entertaining. Look for areas to add rocking chairs.
Perhaps add more seating to a bar area. Even squeeze in additional seats around the table.
But be sure that there is plenty of room for your guests to sit down and enjoy their time spent in your home.
Add Pops of Color
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a green thumb but in order to prepare my porch for Spring Entertaining, I had to find ways to add touches of color to a very monotone area. After doing a little searching, I discovered that by pairing bright flower pots with plants that are hearty, I could achieve the look I wanted…one which was very inviting.
By choosing pots that compliment each other (and the natural foliage which surrounds my porch), I was able to add some color and give my porch an even more inviting feel. And after planting and watering my pretty new plants, I was able to easily wipe up any excess water and dirt with…you guessed it, my Viva® Towels!
The end look I was able to achieve almost had my porch ready for all the Spring entertaining I had planned. I just had one more small detail to pay attention to before inviting guests.
Don’t Forget the Details
Once I felt my porch was ready for inviting over guests, I took one final look around and realized that while I had taken care of the seating areas and shined the grill, there was still a little work that needed to be done. By taking additional steps like cleaning the windows with Viva® Towels that don’t leave streaks due to their soft texture, I ensured that my guests would see that with help from my trusted towels, every surface in my Spring entertaining area was sparkling clean!
Once everything was clean and ready to invite over guests thanks to help from Viva® Towels, all that was left to do was sit back and take in the massive difference I had been able to make in my outdoor entertaining area with just a little bit of time, some homemade all-purpose cleaner and Viva® Towels. And I have to say, the transformation was amazing!
Where just a short time before I had been looking at an area that I would be embarrassed to invite friends to, now I was met with nothing but sparkling clean surfaces that were so inviting.
With just a small amount of time and the amazing power of Viva® Towels, it was easy to unleash clean on my porch and create a Spring entertaining area that I am proud to call my own. Now, I’m ready to call up my friends and family and start planning all the memories that will be made on my Spring ready porch!
While preparing my own porch for Spring entertaining was an awesomely amazing experience and the perfect way to unleash clean in my own home, Viva® Towels is not stopping with just providing people like me the perfect tool for getting a really great clean. Just last month Viva® towels gave back in a big way when they teamed up with Hollywood actress and home/ DIY expert, Monica Potter to host a pretty amazing clean-up benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Ventura. Through showing how donated items can be cleaned up and given new life with help from Viva® Towels they were able to provide makeovers to much needed appliances and patio furniture that made a very big difference in some very special lives. In addition, their efforts helped raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs or Greater Ventura. So before you head off to pick up your Viva® Towels and transform your porch, be sure to check out this video to be inspired to not only unleash clean in your own home but to also do the same in your community!
Now that I’ve shared all the amazing ways that I’m unleashing clean and preparing my home for Spring entertaining, tell me how you use Viva® Towels in your Spring cleaning!