10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t fun for a lot of us. But it needs to be done. As the holidays and winter end and we begin looking forward to spring, something within us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and purging things we’ve piled up over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of your home?
The outside of your home could use some refreshing after a cold, dreary winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will improve the appearance of your home in Dayton, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time to clean out your gutters, since a lot of leaves and debris collected during the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest during spring, making a mess in your gutters if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are looking for places to build their homes during spring, so getting your gutters cleaned out will help to stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew, stains and restoring them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. First floor windows shouldn’t cause you too much of a problem, but any second and third floor windows can be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough 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 do not want clean gutters and windows on a dirty home. Which means you are going to want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and doesn’t cost very much. You can clean your home, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with not too much effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they won’t stain your home, and you can stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a deep cleaning might seem strange since you will still be driving on it, but, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washing service will do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it’s pavement, asphalt, brick or another material. Also think about adding a gravel or mulch border to your driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio gets the most use in the summer, so it is easy to forget about it during the winter since you are not doing any outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in bad shape the first time you go onto it in spring.
Detergent and water – and a little muscle – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or algae, you need to think about a more aggressive option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical home roof issues in Dayton. While you’re cleaning the outside of your home, it’s an excellent time to clean your roof too, but you will have to use a different method than what you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you start to see streaks on your roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These contaminants can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your roof.
The best method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and leave it sit. This will eliminate any organic organisms on your roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is likely what most people see, so make the best impression possible for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a beautiful exterior will instantly improve your day, and will even motivate you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
Clean your porch with detergent and water or a good pressure wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front porch, 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 Garden Tools
You’ll be spending more time outdoors, so spring is a great opportunity to organize whatever you will need for outdoor chores.
Gardening tools as well as pool care equipment need to all have an assigned place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and out of sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore to anyone. Spending the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the outside of your home much more throughout the time of year that you are going to spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and bushes can make a huge impact on the look of your home.
Eliminate weeds around the exterior of your flower beds and walkways, till up places where you might be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn care 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 unappetizing, but even worse they can make you and your family sick.
Wipe it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber (so you do not leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You could probably finish these jobs after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Dayton Pressure Washing offers professional residential exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!