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9 tricks to keep your balcony clean and tidy

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The balcony is the area of the home that's undoubtedly the most difficult to keep clean. Exposed to the elements, as well as the constant dirt and grime associated with a large metropolis such as Singapore, most of the time cleaning feels like an exercise in futility. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can make your life easier, as well as keep your outdoor space looking its best.

If you’re waging an unrelenting war on exterior dust, dirt, grime and filth, read on below and pick up a few handy hints to keep your space tidy and ordered.

1. Plant sky-high

Instead of filling your balcony with a range of different and space-limiting planters, consider just one piece of furniture that will let you plant your herbs and greenery upwards. This will ensure your area feels more spacious, and can help keep a compact balcony tidy and clean. 

2. Set yourself a regular routine

Let's face it, balconies get dirty, are exposed to grime, and can often become dumping grounds for household junk. To keep your space neat, implement a regular cleaning regime, which involves both tidying and cleaning. 

3. Scrub the floor at least once a fortnight

The floor surface of your balcony is likely to become extremely dirty, and because of this requires special attention. Invest in a steam cleaner, which will make the job of removing grime that little bit easier. Moreover, ensure you scrub/clean the space at least once a fortnight, to prevent build-up of dirt and pollutants. 

4. Take everything off the floor

A balcony is a lot easier to clean and tidy if it is clutter free. Remove anything from the floor of your balcony, and instead opt for planters, and even furniture that can sit or hang from the railing of your space. 

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5. Wash and launder any textiles and furniture upholstery

One of the best things about upholstered exterior furniture is that the covers can almost always be removed, laundered, dried and put back on. Doing this regularly will ensure your balcony looks neat, tidy and clean, while resisting any shabby or dishevelled appearance. 

6. Clean the glass regularly

If you have a balcony, you likely have glazed doors that lead outside. These unfortunately become extremely dirty, extremely quickly. Implement a regular polishing and scrubbing routine, to ensure your balcony looks inviting, and your indoor aesthetic is one of dazzling cleanliness. 

7. Employ built-in storage

Built-in storage is a great idea for keeping certain precious items away from dust and dirt. Additionally, storage can help prevent household members from dumping their odds and ends in the middle of your outdoor living space. 

8. Choose your accessories wisely

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Some accessories are prone to collecting dust and creating mess. Choose pieces that are certified for use outdoors, and perhaps opt for those that can be stored indoors when not needed (such as this adorable grill!). 

9. Choose a dark colour scheme

Finally, in choosing a dark colour scheme for your balcony design and furniture, you will eliminate a great deal of grime that appears on light coloured furniture. Sure, that white upholstered sofa seemed like a good idea at the time, but after a few months of regular pollution, dust, dirt and grime, it will look far worse off that the dark grey or black alternative. 

Good luck with your cleaning and organising! If you would like to continue reading, we think you'll like: Bland to blooming: the colourful makeover of a tiny balcony

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