10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning is not exciting for a lot of us. But it is important. As the holidays and winter come to an end and we begin looking forward to spring and warm weather, something within us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and throwing away things we’ve piled up over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of a house?
The exterior of your home could 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 curb appeal of your home in Alexandria, and, even more important, will offer much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save you money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time to clean your gutters, since so many leaves and debris collect in the fall and winter months. The pollen count is at its highest in spring, making a big mess in your gutters and downspouts if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are searching for places to build their homes in spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help to stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside 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. First floor windows shouldn’t cause you much of a headache, 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 going 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 nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You do not want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty house. Which means you are going to want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and affordable. You can pressure clean your house, outdoor furniture, concrete 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 good cleaning may seem counter-productive since you’ll just be driving on it, but, 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, brick or some other material. Also consider adding a gravel border to your home’s driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use throughout the summer months, so it’s easy to forget about it in the winter when you aren’t doing as much outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio might be in rough condition the first time you go onto it in spring.
Detergent and water – and a little muscle – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you see signs of mold or mildew, you may need to consider a more serious 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 typical home roof issues in Alexandria. While you are cleaning the exterior of your home, it’s an excellent time to pressure clean your home’s roof as well, but you’ll need to use a different method than the one you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off of shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach solution and then let it be. This mixture will eliminate all organic organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a clean exterior will improve your day, and will motivate you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a bright look! Clean unnoticed areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You will probably be spending more time outside, so spring is a great time to organize the things you’ll need for outdoor chores.
Gardening tools as well as pool care equipment must all have an exact place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from weather and not in sight so it is not a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring allows you to enjoy the exterior of your home so much more throughout the time of year that you are going to spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and bushes make a huge impact on the look of your home.
Remove weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you’ll be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed killer 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 gas or charcoal grill could need 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.
Wipe it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You could probably complete these jobs after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! AllClean Alexandria Pressure Washing offers professional residential exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!