by Julie Finch-Scally
Every time it rains not only does the verandah get wet, but I am amazed at the amount of dirt I later find in corners and around the drain hole.
As my verandah collects a fair number of leaves I regularly sweep the tiles and remove the leaves and dirt. But considering the dirt left after the rain there must be a large amount of dust collecting on the surface.
Of course it does depend on where one lives and what is happening around the neighbourhood as to how much dust and the type of dust generated lands on one’s verandah. There is not doubt that every verandah collects a deposit of dust but it depends of where you live as to the quantity.
Building development nearby will cause a lot of building dust, heavy traffic on main roads creates a black dust from diesel fall out, and pollen from blossoming trees generates a yellow dust. All these various forms of dust, land on a verandah leaving a film on the floor and the railings.
Unfortunately, because the verandah is outside many people forget about giving the verandah a quick once-over to keep it clean. All that is really required is a sweep with the broom to gather all the dust into one point and collecting it with a small dust pan and brush before placing the dust into the rubbish bin.
Chairs, tables and some planters boxes should be moved when sweeping, but those heavy things, such as large barbeques and huge pots that cannot be shifted should be swept around. I find the small hand brush is excellent for getting around the bottom of these items and sweeping the dust from edges and underneath.
The other problem on verandahs is the cobwebs. Spiders quickly build their webs especially between the railings and wrought iron work. Once again the small hand brush is useful. Sweeping the brush in and out of the railings not only removes the cobwebs but also any dust that has collected on the horizontal surfaces.
So if you do have a verandah. Give consideration to keeping it clean. Don’t use it as a storage space; use it as an escape for those beautiful sunny days. Keeping the dust down and the cobwebs away makes any verandah inviting, and also gives a more pleasant outlook to view from inside.