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Spruce up the backyard for outdoor entertaining

Get ready for outdoor entertaining
Get ready for outdoor entertainingCristine Struble

As families dream about barbeques on the deck, the backyard becomes the focus of a clean-up. The long winter has taken a toll on the patio, deck and outdoor furniture. Since everyone would prefer to enjoy the space with friends rather than cleaning, a few simple ideas can get the backyard ready quickly.

Over the winter, a variety of debris probably has gathered outside. Sweeping with a broom and dust pan can be a pain in your back, literally. Bagup is a great tool to make quick work of the clean-up. This simple device eliminates the bending and makes clean-up quick and easy. This combination broom/Bag-up tool allows the user to quickly and easily sweep debris into the Bagup and dispose of it. The Bagup uses grocery bags, too. Plus, Bagup comes in several options for both indoor and outdoor use. For the pet owners, there is even a pet option. Bagup is available at hardware stores and Amazon.

Whether the furniture was stored in the garage or covered outside for the winter, the furniture needs some attention. Instead of cleaning with chemical disinfectants, try the power of steam with a HAAN VersaPro BS 20. Through Turbo Steam Technology, the HAAN kills 99.9% germs, bacteria, and dust mites. This device offers 100% chemical free cleaning and heats up quickly. HAAN offers a variety of devices that employ Turbo Steam Technology. From furniture to the build-up on the deck or patio, the power of steam from HAAN can make your backyard area sparkle and shine.

These ideas can get your family ready for outdoor entertaining. While flowers might need to be planted or the grass mowed, these small tasks can be done quickly for the impromptu gathering. Who's ready to light up the grill, pour a drink and enjoy the sunshine.