10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning is not exciting for a lot of us. But it should be done. As the holidays and winter end and we start looking forward to spring and warm weather, something inside of us tells us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things we’ve hoarded over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of your home?
The outside of your home could probably 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 really improve the curb appeal of your home in Roanoke, and, even more important, will offer much-needed care and maintenance that will save you money in years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time to clean out your gutters, because a lot of leaves and debris accumulate in the fall and winter months. The pollen count is at its highest in the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are scavenging for places to build their homes in spring, so getting your gutters cleaned out will help to stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew, stains and returning them to a nice 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 tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a hard chore, and will require a lot of tools, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the best solution to get the panes and the outer frame nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and windows on a dirty home. That means you will want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and affordable. You can clean your home, patio furniture, patios, porches and walkways with not much effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your home, and you can also stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a deep cleaning might seem strange because you’ll just be driving on it, but, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washer can do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it is pavement, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also, consider adding a gravel or mulch border to your driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio gets the most use throughout the summer months, so it is easy to forget about it in the winter since you aren’t doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty bad shape the first time you walk onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little muscle – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or algae, you may need to consider a more serious option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are typical roof issues in Roanoke. While you are cleaning the outside of your home, it is an excellent time to clean your roof as well, but you’ll need to use a different method than what you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you notice streaks on your roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your roof.
The ideal course of action for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach solution and then let it sit. This mixture will kill all organisms on your roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is what most people passing by see, so make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a well-maintained exterior will instantly improve your day, and will inspire you to spend more time outside.
You can clean your porch with soap and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front porch, and consider painting it for a fresh look! Clean unnoticed areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You will be spending much more time outdoors, so spring is a great opportunity to organize whatever you’ll need for outdoor work.
Yard tools and pool care equipment should all have an assigned place outside your home – a place that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it is not a constant eyesore. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your home much more throughout the time of year when you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes can make a major impact on the overall look of your home.
Remove weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you might be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can also spray pre-emergent weed killer to make lawn care easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for months, your gas or charcoal grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are unappetizing, but even worse they can also make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind particles that can get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You can probably complete these projects over the course of a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Roanoke Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!