10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t fun for most of us. But it has to be done. As the holidays and winter end and we begin looking forward to spring and warmer weather, something inside of us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and throwing away things we’ve piled up over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of a house?
The outside of your house could likely use a little refreshing after a cold, dreary winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will really improve the appearance of your house in Elk Grove , and, even more important, will provide much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save a lot of money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time to clean out your gutters, because so many of leaves and debris accumulated during the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest during spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they are not cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are searching for places to build their homes during spring, so getting your gutters cleaned out will help to prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and rust stains and returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows will not cause 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 job, and will need 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 recommended solution to get the panes and the outer frame nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You aren’t going to want clean gutters and windows on a dirty house. Which means you will want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and affordable. You can clean your house, outdoor furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with very little effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they will not permanently stain your house, and you can prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a deep cleaning may seem silly because you will still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washing service will do wonders when it comes to 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 make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use in the summer, so it is easy to forget about it during the winter since you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty bad shape the first time you step onto it in spring.
Soap and water – and a little elbow grease – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or mildew, you may need to consider a more aggressive option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are common home roof problems in Elk Grove . While you’re cleaning the outside of your house, it’s a great time to clean your home’s roof as well, but you will need to use a different method than what you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is usually obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off of shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your home’s roof.
The best method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water solution and then let it sit. This solution will eliminate all organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your house is likely what most people see, so make the best impression you can for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a well-maintained exterior will instantly improve your day, and will even motivate you to spend a lot more time outside.
You can clean your front porch with soap and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and dirt off of the front door, and consider painting it a new color for a fresh look! Clean overlooked areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll soon be spending much more time outside, so spring is a wonderful time to organize everything you will need for outdoor chores.
Yard tools as well as pool care equipment must all have an assigned area outside your house – a place that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the outside of your house so much more throughout the time of year when you are going to spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes make a huge impact on the overall look of your house.
Remove weeds around the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you might be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn maintenance easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for months, your gas or charcoal 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 ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you don’t leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You could probably complete all of these projects after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! PWC Elk Grove Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!