Get your home summer-ready

The weather’s getting warmer, the sun’s shining, and it’s time to think about moving get-togethers outdoors… though after the winter’s had its way, your outside space might be looking a bit tired and unloved. But don’t worry – help is at hand. Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, backyard or balcony, it won’t take long to get the place spruced up and back to its ready-to-entertain best.

Mould, Lichen & Algae remover

Break the mould

We might not enjoy months of cold, damp weather, but mould and algae definitely do, creeping their way over paths and patios, and spreading up walls. Give them the heave-ho with one of our mould-busting solutions, like Wet & Forget’s Mould, Lichen & Algae Remover, or HG’s Algae & Mould Remover. They’ll get your grubby greige walls back to white, and terracotta pots back to terracotta, so your outside space looks lovely again.

Get furniture gleaming

Garden Furniture Cleaner

If your garden furniture’s been living outside all winter, chances are it’ll need a bit of a refresh. HG’s Powerful Garden Furniture Cleaner removes dirt from all kinds of outdoor materials – faux rattan, plastic, resin, aluminium and other metals – to get them looking like new again in no time. All you have to do is spray, leave for a couple of minutes, then wipe off. Easy.

And if you didn’t get round to cleaning the barbecue properly at the end of last summer, well, we don’t blame you – nobody wants to spend ages scrubbing and scraping burnt-on food off a grill. But Oven Mate’s BBQ Clean & Protect Kit has everything you need to take most of the hard work out of getting your grill clean and shiny again. Pass the sausages!

Let the sun shine in

Nilglass Window Cleaner

When summer comes, it’s lovely to see the sun streaming through your windows… but not so lovely when it shows up all the smears and fingerprints you just couldn’t see through the short, dull winter days (that’s what we tell ourselves, anyway!). When they just can’t be ignored any longer, our window-cleaning wonders will get rid of them, so your home will be as summer-ready inside as out.

For windows that are easy to reach, Nilglass is hard to beat. For anything a bit higher up, our Extendable Window Wash & Squeegee will give you a helping hand. And you won’t even have to call out the window cleaner for second-storey-and-higher windows with Wet & Forget’s Window Cleaner – just hook it up to your garden hose and you can clean even those high-up panes, with no need for buckets of water or wobbly ladders.

festoon cluster lights

Set the scene

Once everything’s spick and span and you’re ready to break out the unbreakable plates (you’ll find out more about our lovely perfect-for-picnics melamine ranges here) take another look at your outdoor space.

Bright indoor/ outdoor rug

If it’s not quite as welcoming as it might be, just a couple of little touches can really lift it, especially if you’re a fan of evening entertaining. The Solar Festoon Light String will add a lovely glow to your garden when draped along a fence or pergola, or you could hang our Festoon Cluster Lights over or near your table for a touch of glamour.

And if your patio or decking could use a splash of colour, our waterproof Bright Indoor-Outdoor Rug with its geometric design, is just what you need to brighten it up.

Once your outdoors it looking great again, the only question is… what to serve up? And a great place to start is with our guide to outdoor dining, right here on our blog.