It’s almost the one year anniversary of my wonderful greenhouse. It was constructed last year the day before Thanksgiving and completed on Black Friday, after Thanksgiving. So almost one year.
Having a greenhouse has been a dream for a long time and now having had it for nearly a year has been that dream come true.
I have always had houseplants, ever since I ventured out on my own at 18. Early on, I dabbled in succulents and cactus, definitely an attraction there. Since installing my own greenhouse, that early predilection has blossomed into a passionate obsession.
Since I am just a newbie greenhouse owner I am learning as I go along, how to maintain it, keep the bugs out, cool it and heat it. So far so good.
Today was my first cleaning of the exterior. I know I should have done it sooner, but honestly the exterior wasn’t that bad, but it was definitely time to tackle this project. I knew from all my greenhouse research that the polycarbonate panels would last longer, and yellow less sooner if I kept them clean. So today was the day.
Here is the dirty greenhouse.
I can honestly say it doesn’t look bad in the picture, I guess I should have gotten a close up of a panel. They were definitely dirty but I guess not so bad so now I feel better and won’t beat myself up for waiting almost a year to clean it.
I found some good advice on cleaning polycarbonate panels HERE. I used Dawn dish detergent and warm water and I had recently picked up a soft cleaning wand at Lowes. Using a soft towel or brush is a must since the polycarbonte has a UV coating and you don’t want anything to scratch that.
First I sprayed down the entire greenhouse with the hose. Then I went all around using the window wand and the soapy water and scrubbed it top to bottom.
As I finished each section then I would hose the soapy water off, per the internet instructions. I started with that vented roof section as seen above.
When I finished and came back around to look at the dry roof section if was very obvious that it was not completely clean so back up the ladder again.
I got a new bucket of soapy water and scrubbed with more pressure and in both directions, using the squeegee on the window wand to clean off each section as I went so I could see if I missed anything. I didn’t do that the first time around and that helped tremendously.
It was a much easier project than I anticipated taking only about 1.5 hours from gathering supplies, executing the clean to putting away supplies, so really an easy project overall.
Cleaned greenhouse. ( looks a bit better, right?)
My lessons learned are that I need to hose down the greenhouse once and awhile. That will go a long way to keeping it cleaner. I just need a hose that is a smidge longer so it is easier to reach the back corner. Also, I will clean it with soapy water twice a year, spring and fall. I want my awesome greenhouse to last and be as beautiful as the day it was born, for a long, long time.