With winter weather dwindling down, thoughts of landscaping and patio decor may be nudging toward the forefront of your mind. With thoughts of outside (and inside) spring decor comes ideas involving plants, gardens, and flowers. However, you can’t have a blooming garden or sprawling plants without clean, durable planters.
Fiberglass resin planters are resilient in any weather condition, especially the rainy days of spring. Understanding how to clean fiberglass planters will maintain the durability of the materials and keep them around as landscaping or interior decor for the long haul. When it comes to preparing for the warmer weather ahead, getting ahead with cleaning is always a good idea.
Why Carefully Clean Fiberglass Resin Planters?
Fiberglass resin planters are not like any planter box you just find at the store. Fiberglass resin is a high quality material that needs specific care so that it can be used for years and years to come. However, this doesn’t mean these modern fiberglass planters need to be watched obsessively on a daily basis. Fiberglass resin is actually very low maintenance! The key to maintaining these planters is to keep an eye out for dirt, debris, and dust. Over time, those particles accumulate and that can be when issues occur.
Materials Needed to Clean Fiberglass Planters
The materials needed to clean fiberglass planters aren’t all that complicated. In truth, most of the cleaning materials used can be found in homes or offices already. The following are items you should have available when cleaning fiberglass planters:
- Brush with soft bristles
- Rag, cloth, or sponge
- Unscented soap
Cleaning the Outside of the Fiberglass Planter
Before you begin cleaning the outside of your fiberglass planter box, make sure you get rid of any dirt, dust, or debris that may be crusted onto the planter. This can easily be done using a bristled brush and dampening it with lukewarm water and mild soap.
Moving beyond the initial cleanup of dirt and dust, use the same soap and water mixture on a soft cloth or rag to clean off any other materials outside the planter. Do not use any bleach or fancy sprays. Modern fiberglass resin planters only require warm water and mild soap.
Cleaning the Inside of the Fiberglass Planter
You want to be careful when cleaning the inside of your fiberglass planter box because that’s where plant growth occurs. If chemicals and bleach are used, that can negatively affect your plants’ growth as well as the fiberglass’ durability.
Start off by ridding the planter of any residual soil or dirt. The inside of the fiberglass resin planter should be as empty and clear of dirt as possible before washing it down. With a soft rag, sponge, or cloth, use that mix of unscented soap and warm water to wipe away dirt from the interior. A brush with soft bristles can be used to clean any tough dirt from the sides of the fiberglass planter. Don’t forget to rinse and gently wipe the interior to wash away any soapy residue before leaving the planter to dry.