10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t always exciting for most of us. But it has to be done. As the holidays and winter come to an end and we begin looking forward to spring and warmer weather, something within us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing, and throwing away things we’ve hoarded throughout the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of your home?
The outside of your home could likely use a little tidying up after a cold, wet winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will drastically improve the appearance of your home in Downey, and, even more important, will provide much-needed care and maintenance that will save you a lot of money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time of year to clean your gutters, because so many of leaves and debris pile up in the fall and winter months. Pollen is at its highest in spring, making a big mess in your gutters if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are looking for places to build homes in spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and rust stains and restoring them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows won’t give you much of a problem, but second and third floor windows can be a bit trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a hard chore, and it will need a lot of supplies, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your home’s windows is the perfect solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty home. That means you will want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and affordable. You can pressure clean your home, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with not much effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your home, and you can stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a deep cleaning may seem strange because you will still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washer will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it’s pavement, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also consider adding a gravel or mulch border to your home’s driveway to really help it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use throughout the summer months, so it can be easy to forget about it in the winter since you aren’t doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in pretty bad shape the first time you go onto it in spring.
Soap and water – and a little hard work – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you notice signs of mold or algae, you need to consider a more serious option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are typical home roof issues in Downey. While you’re cleaning the outside of your home, it’s a great time to pressure clean your home’s roof as well, but you will have to use a different process than what you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These contaminants can’t be wiped off of shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your home’s roof.
The best method for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and let it sit. This mixture will eliminate any organic organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your home is going to be what most people see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Returning home to a well-maintained exterior will improve your day, and it will even motivate you to spend a lot more time outside.
You can clean your front porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Wipe cobwebs and dirt off of the front door, and think about painting it for a fresh look! Clean overlooked areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You’ll be spending much more time outside, so spring is a wonderful chance to organize whatever you will need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools and pool care equipment must all have an exact place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from weather and out of sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to appreciate the outside of your home much more during the time of year when you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and bushes can make a major impact on the look of your home.
Eliminate weeds around your flower beds and walkways, till up areas where you might be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed killer to make yard maintenance easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for months, your grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but even worse they can make you and your family sick.
Wet it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a basic dish soap or degreaser.
You could probably complete all of these jobs after a few weekends but it will be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Downey Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!