Cleaning your playhouse
When your playhouse is being used regularly it is likely to start to become a little grubby over time, especially during the winter months when it is damp in the garden and the children are running in and out! So how can you keep it clean and tidy?
If properly taken care of, a wooden playhouse should only really need to be cleaned a couple of times a year (depending on how muddy the garden has been through the year and how much of this has been walked in!).
The type of wood and any stains or sealants used can affect the types of cleaning products that are best to use, but choosing a more natural and gentle cleaning method is ideal for most outdoor wooden products.
Firstly, it is best to sweep inside the house and around the windows, removing any unwelcome cobwebs or spiders in a kind and considerate way! This will prevent any dust build up and remove larger bits of dirt or leaves that have managed to get inside.
For a gentle clean, simply use a soft bristle brush and warm water to scrub away any dirt or grime. This is a friendlier alternative to bleach and chemicals, so it's safe for the little ones to start playing immediately after cleaning and treating!
This is the best method of cleaning if you wish to simply maintain your playhouse by cleaning it a couple of times a year rather than completely recovering a playhouse after years of no use!
If you're recovering a playhouse that appears to need lots of TLC, use a gentle cleaning solution with warm water and rub away the dirt with a soft bristle brush. Then wipe over with a damp cloth to remove any excess mixture or dirt residue.
After cleaning, especially if only cleaning once a year, it is recommended to give the playhouse a new fresh coat of wood preserver.
Please allow the playhouse to dry fully prior to giving it the fresh coat of wood preserver. Any wooden product left damp, or in a humid, shady area for long periods of time is susceptible to rotting and mildew. If the playhouse isn't too big, it's a good idea to have a plastic cover for those rainy days to help prevent natural weathering, and build it in a position with good sunlight for at least a portion of the day if possible.