10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning is not exciting for a lot of us. But it is important. As the winter comes to an end and we start looking forward to spring and warm weather, something within us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and purging things we’ve hoarded throughout the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of a house?
The exterior of your house could use some refreshing after a cold, wet winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will drastically improve the curb appeal of your house in Troy, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed care and maintenance that will save money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time to clean out your gutters, because a lot of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter months. The pollen count is at its highest during spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are looking for places to build their homes during spring, so having your gutters cleaned out will help stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and rust stains and restoring them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows shouldn’t cause you much of an issue, but second and third floor windows will be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is an exhausting chore, and will need a lot of tools, not to mention going up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your home’s windows is the best way to get the panes and the outer frame 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, patio furniture, patios, porches and walkways with not much effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they won’t stain your house, and you can stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a deep cleaning may seem strange because you’ll be driving on it, but, a clean, maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it’s concrete, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also think about adding a gravel or mulch border to your driveway to really help it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio probably gets the most use during the summer months, so it’s easy to overlook it during the winter since you are not doing as much outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio might be in rough condition the first time you step onto it in spring.
Soap and water – and a little muscle – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you notice signs of mold or algae, you may need to think about a more aggressive option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical home roof problems in Troy. While you’re cleaning the exterior of your house, it’s an excellent time to clean your roof too, but you’ll have to use a different process than what you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to notice streaks on your roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is typically obvious, too. These particles cannot be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your roof.
The ideal course of action for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water mixture and then leave it sit. This will kill all organic organisms on your roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your house is what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression possible for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a clean exterior will instantly improve your day, and will probably encourage you to spend a lot more time outside.
Clean your porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and mud off of the front door, and think about painting it for a fresh look! Clean forgotten areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll probably be spending a lot more time outdoors, so spring is a great time to organize whatever you’ll need for outdoor work.
Yard tools and pool care equipment should all have an exact area outside your house – a place that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it is not a constant eyesore to anyone. Taking the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the exterior of your house much more during the time of year when you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and bushes can make a big impact on the look of your house.
Kill weeds around 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 yard care easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for months, your gas or charcoal grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are unappetizing, but they can make you and your family sick.
Wipe it down to get rid of ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You could probably complete these jobs after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Troy Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!