10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t exciting for a lot of us. But it has to be done. As the winter end and we begin looking forward to spring and warm weather, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and throwing away things we’ve hoarded over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the inside of your home?
The outside of your house could likely use some 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 house in Somerville, and, even more important, will provide much-needed care and maintenance that will save money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time to clean out your gutters, since a lot of leaves and debris pile up in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they are not cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are scavenging for places to build their homes in spring, so having your gutters cleaned out will help to prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and stains, and returning them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows shouldn’t give you too much of an issue, but any second and third floor windows are a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is an exhausting chore, and it will require a lot of supplies, not to mention going up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the perfect way 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 home. That means you will want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and affordable. You can pressure clean your home, patio furniture, patios, porches and walkways with not too much effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they won’t 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 good cleaning might seem silly since you’ll be driving on it, but actually, a clean, maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer can do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it is concrete, asphalt, brick or some other material. Also think about adding a gravel or mulch border to your home’s driveway to really help it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use throughout the summer, so it is easy to forget about it in the winter when you are not doing any outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio can be in pretty bad condition the first time you step onto it in the spring.
Soap and water – and a little hard work – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or mildew, you need to think about a more aggressive option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are common home roof problems in Somerville. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it is 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 most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is fairly obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your home’s roof.
The best course of action for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water solution and then let it be. This mixture will eliminate any organisms on your home’s roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your house is what most people passing by see, so make the best impression possible for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a beautiful exterior will instantly improve your day, and it will probably inspire you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
Clean your porch with soap and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a really bright look! Clean unnoticed areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You will soon be spending more time outside, so spring is a great time to organize everything you’ll need for outdoor chores.
Gardening tools and pool care equipment must all have a specific area outside your house – a place that it is safe from weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore to anyone. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your house much more during the time of year when you are going to spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes make a major impact on the look of your house.
Get rid of weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you will be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed killer to make yard care easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for several months, your gas or charcoal grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but they can make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You could probably complete these projects after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Somerville Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!