We got the front porch scraped and washed and painted 2 coats so we are doing anti-rain dances to hold off the rain long enough for the paint to dry completely:
Since the front porch was looking so nice, the door started looking scruffy so I had to paint that, too:
Our back porch was looking dirty so we bought some fancy chemicals to clean it:
Doing one small section involved lots of gear and took forever -- we decided to give up and leave it to the professionals. Later in the afternoon I was cleaning some door frames with a Magic Eraser and decided to try it on the porch railing. I cleaned an entire section in a fraction of the time it took Ian.
We've discovered that a scrub with Dr. Bronners followed by a scrub with a Magic Eraser works ten times faster and is just as effective as the nasty chemicals. The best part is that instead of dressing like Darth Vader, I can be out there scrubbing barefoot in a tank top and cutoffs.