After careful planning, you’ve finally constructed the perfect pergola for your backyard. You even added strip heating and a ceiling fan, making it suitable for every season! Now you can have the family and friends over for a coffee in a garden you can be proud of.
But now that your pergola is standing tall, you need to make sure that it is properly maintained. To help you with this ongoing task, we have put together some tips for you to incorporate into your regular home and garden maintenance schedule.
The Importance of Basic Cleaning
At Australian Outdoor Living, we construct our pergolas using high quality, Aussie-sourced materials. But due to the wear-and-tear caused by Australia’s harsh natural elements a build-up of dirt and grime can over time damage the structure of your pergola.
To keep your pergola looking like new, it’s best to make sure that every area of the frame is washed on a regular basis. There’s no need to invest in any special type of cleaner for this task; you can simply use soap and warm water to give it a good scrub.
Make sure you choose a mild soap so as not to damage the finish or paint of your pergola. If you find that you need to use a brush as part of the cleaning, make sure to go with one that has soft bristles. This will be enough to dislodge any build-up of dirt or grime while not causing any damage to the underlying material.
Scrub the Cooking Areas Regularly
A BBQ is such a treat and more often than not, a pergola is used for outdoor dining. If you have a barbie or food-prep area under your backyard pergola, it is important to keep the grill and bench clean and in a sanitary condition.
To clean the grill of your barbecue, use a grease-cleaning agent, a metallic bristled brush and a bit of elbow grease. Scrub the grill until you are sure it is spotless. It’s important that your grill is kept super clean as burnt bits and old food can over time fester and turn toxic. That’s the last thing you want in your next BBQ dish!
Using the same cleaner, you can also remove any smoke residue that is found on the beams over the cooking area. Removing any smoky, discoloured patches will ensure your outdoor dining space looks fresh and clean, but will also stop any residue from damaging the beams and inside structure.
Finally, be sure to wipe over bench tops with a sanitizing product. Warm water and an abrasive sponge are sure to do the trick! A quick clean each time you dine outdoors will save it from becoming an overwhelming task.
Trim the Vines
It is not unusual for people to adorn pergolas with some sort of climbing vines. In fact, growing greenery can add a nice touch and a bit of atmosphere to the space. One thing that you do need to keep in mind is that those vines will eventually thicken, and that means more weight on the pergola frame.
Although Australian Outdoor Living produces sturdy products that can withstand a considerable amount of weight, it pays to trim the older growth away at least a couple of times during the year. Doing so will alleviate any potential stress on the frame and at the same time, encourage the vines to sprout new lush, green growth.
Replace Damaged Sections at Once
Even with the most careful maintenance routine, at times the Aussie climate is an unpredictable beast! At some point your pergola might sustain damage. A particularly severe bout of weather could cause a tree limb to fall on your pergola, or high winds and flying debris might damage some of the more delicate elements of the structure.
When this happens, the entire structure is weakened. The weight bearing properties of those damaged sections is compromised and must now be borne by the surrounding sections. Over time, that additional stress will hasten the deterioration of those overburdened sections. It is imperative that you have your pergola undergo professional maintenance.
A quick call to your local member of the Australian Outdoor Living team will put your mind at ease! When any type of structural damage is sustained, an experienced technician at Australian Outdoor Living can safely remove or repair that damaged section to make the pergola structure sturdy and safe. A professional repair will restore the balance of load bearing, and prolong the life of the pergola.
Try to incorporate the easy maintenance of the pergola into the general maintenance, cleaning and upkeep of your home. A little bit of work every few months makes for light work, and will stop the build-up of dirt or grime or damage to the pergola’s structure.
With a clean, tidy and sturdy pergola, it’s time to crank up the BBQ, sit back and relax in your outdoor dining space!
Ready to Renovate?
If you’re looking to jazz up your backyard, you can’t go past a simple, transforming pergola installation. Check out our other resources to make the most of your new pergola:
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