10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t fun for most of us. But it should be done. As the holidays and winter end and we start looking forward to spring, something within us tells 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 only for the interior of a home?
The outside of your house could likely 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 appearance of your house in Cambridge, and, more importantly, will provide much-needed maintenance and care that will save money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time of year to clean your gutters, because so many of leaves and debris collected during the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest during the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters and downspouts if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are searching for places to build their homes during spring, so getting your gutters cleaned will help stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and stains, and restoring them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows won’t cause you too much of a headache, but any second and third floor windows will be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough chore, and will need a lot of tools, not to mention climbing 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 clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You aren’t going to want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty home. That means you will want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and affordable. You can clean your home, outdoor furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with not too much effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they will not permanently 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 good cleaning might seem counter-productive because you’ll still be driving on it, but, a clean, cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer will do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it is concrete, asphalt, brick or another material. Also consider 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, so it can be easy to forget about it during the winter since you are not doing any outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty rough shape the first time you walk onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little hard work – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you notice signs of mold or mildew, you may need to consider a more aggressive option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical roof issues in Cambridge. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it is an excellent time to clean your roof as well, but you’ll have to use a different method than the one you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you notice streaks on your roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is fairly obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your roof.
The best process for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and then let it sit. This mixture will kill all organic organisms on your roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Spruce up the Front
The front of your house is probably what most people see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a well-maintained exterior will immediately improve your day, and will motivate you to spend more time outside.
You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front door, and consider painting it for a really fresh look! Clean unnoticed areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You’ll soon be spending much more time outdoors, so spring is a great chance to organize whatever you’ll need for outdoor work.
Yard tools and 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 to anyone. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your house so much more throughout the time of year when you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and garden bushes can make a huge impact on the look of your house.
Remove weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you will be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn care easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for months, your grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but they can make you and your family sick.
Wipe it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you don’t leave behind metal particles that can sometimes get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You could probably complete these jobs over the course of a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Cambridge Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!