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Vacation Home: How To Maintain Your Getaway Home

By Wet & Forget

Did you make the trek out to your vacation home only to find green and black stains on its outdoor surfaces? Tackle your outdoor cleaning tasks as quickly and as easily as possible with these tips and tricks.

What should I check for when returning to my vacation home? 

If you have been away from your vacation home for an extended period, be sure to inspect the outside of your home. Organic growth can be a result of not routinely maintaining an outdoor surface.

Simply walk around and inspect areas of your house or property for any damage or growth like moss, mold, mildew, or algae. Some outdoor areas to check would include the roof, siding, walkways, porches, and decking.

A roof is a popular place for these organic growths to thrive. In case moss or algae is visible, check out this article, Roof Cleaning 101. Not only will you learn to upkeep your roof but also to prevent further growth.

Heading out into your backyard only to see that your deck is covered with green growth? Check out this article on Decking Cleaning.

It is especially important to keep frequently used areas like fire pits and outdoor sitting areas free of mold and mildew. Make sure to clean these areas before family and friends arrive at your vacation home.

Outdoor Tent

How should I keep my outdoor gear moss, mold, mildew, and algae-free?

Outdoor gear is more susceptible to moss, mold, mildew, and algae because they get exposed to many outdoor elements. Keep them as dry as possible when they are not in use, and make sure to store them away properly.

Boats, jet skis, and tents are just a few of the things that can be found at a vacation home. Here are some tips and links to properly care for your outdoor gear.

  • Boats-

Boats endure a lot of outdoor elements because they are always on the move. With so many interactions with different elements, make sure they are free of mold, moss, mildew, and algae.

Check out our recent article on how to prepare your boat for the water. This article should help you better understand how you can prevent and remove green and black stains on your boat.

  • Jet Skis-

Got a jet ski or two that have been in storage and are now covered in mold and algae? Easily clean up the outside of your jet skis with Wet & Forget Outdoor Concentrate.

Make sure to apply Wet & Forget Outdoor to jet skis and boats when they are at least 100 feet away from lakes, rivers, streams, or ponds. Rinse seats thoroughly with water before use.

  • Tents-

Tents are essential to have if you are camping for a night out at your vacation home. Ensure they stay in the best condition possible by keeping them clean and storing them properly when not in use.

Does your tent have a musty smell? Eliminate the odors at the source with a spray of the Wet & Forget Indoor Mold+Mildew Disinfectant Spray.

Keep Spiders Away with Miss Muffet's Revenge

What should I do about spiders around my home? 

Having eight-legged crawlers hanging around can be frightening. Luckily, Miss Muffet’s Revenge is an easy solution for getting rid of pesky indoor and outdoor spiders.

Simply spray Miss Muffet’s Revenge in and around your vacation home to protect your surfaces from spiders for up to 12 months. Spend more time relaxing and less time worrying about spiders!

It’s important to know how spiders get inside, where you can find them, the different types of spiders, and ways to prevent spiders from coming back. Learn more about how to keep spiders out of your home.

How do I keep the inside of my vacation home clean?

Keeping the inside of your vacation home clean can be quite simple. Start by disinfecting commonly used surfaces such as floors, countertops, door handles, and faucets.

Wiping down kitchen and bathroom counters is always a good start. This not only lets you wipe down dirty surfaces but also allows you to inspect areas for damage.

If there are spaces that smell a bit off, use Wet & Forget Indoor to eliminate the musty smells. Check out this article on how to get rid of smells and more for more information.

Testing out new products to clean the shower? Check out Wet & Forget Shower. This will help to clean up any soap scum, grime, and oil buildup along with any mold or mildew stains.

Minimize the cleaning supplies closet and start filling them with more beach towels and blankets! 

At the end of your vacation…

  • Store outdoor gear in a dry area to avoid moisture. 
  • Take out the trash- inside and outside.
  • Wipe down counters that could have leftover debris on them. 
  • Move outdoor furniture inside if possible. No room left in your garage for furniture? Use a waterproof cover to shelter your furniture. 
  • Put baking soda in the toilet since it can help reduce odors. 
  • Shut all windows and seal door cracks.
  • Adjust the thermostat to reduce your gas bill.

Keep your vacation home just as lovely as your first home with Wet & Forget products.

How can Wet & Forget help me keep my vacation home clean? 

Wet & Forget helps do all the heavy cleaning because you deserve a relaxing weekend trip! With large, outdoor surfaces- deck, patio, siding, and roofs- use the Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End.

For more precise surfaces- sidewalks, fencing, and retaining walls- use the Wet & Forget Outdoor Concentrate. When it comes to your smaller outdoor gear, use Wet & Forget Outdoor Ready to Use.

Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End:

  • Start with a dry surface.
  • Attach a garden hose to the nozzle. Turn black dial “ON” for the product and water to mix.
  • Spray the area where organic growth is visible.
  • Wait 4 to 5 hours for it to dry. Let the rain and the wind gently remove the organic growth over time.
  • Re-apply annually or at the first sign of growth to minimize organic growth buildup. 

Wet & Forget Outdoor Concentrate:

  • Ensure the surface is completely dry.
  • Mix the concentrate with 1 part Wet & Forget and 5-parts water in a garden sprayer.
  • Spray the area where organic growth is visible.
  • Leave it to dry for 4 to 5 hours. Let the rain and the wind gently remove the organic growth over time.

Clean Outdoor Furniture with Wet & Forget Ready-to-Use!

Wet & Forget Ready to Use:

  • Make sure the surface is dry to the touch.
  • Remove the sticker and open the lid.
  • Detach the sprayer and attach the hose tip to the open cap.
  • Spray the area where organic growth is visible.
  • Let it dry for 4 to 5 hours for it to dry. Let the rain and the wind gently remove the organic growth over time.

Spend less time cleaning your home and more time enjoying the outdoors!