10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t always exciting for many of us. But it has to be done. As the winter end and we begin looking forward to spring, something inside of us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things we’ve collected over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the interior of a house?
The exterior of your home could use a little refreshing after a cold, dreary winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will drastically improve the appearance of your home in Thornton, and, more importantly, will provide much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save a lot of money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time to clean your gutters, because so many of leaves and debris accumulated during the fall and winter months. Pollen is at its highest during the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are looking for places to build their homes during spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help to prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and rust stains and returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows won’t give you too much of a problem, but any second and third floor windows can be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough job, and will need a lot of supplies, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the perfect solution to get the panes and the outer frame nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty house. That means you will want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and affordable. You can pressure clean your house, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with very little effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your home, and you can also prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem silly because you’ll be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washer can do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it is concrete, asphalt, brick or some other 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 months, so it is easy to overlook it during the winter since you are not doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio can be in bad shape the first time you go onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little muscle – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or mildew, you may need to consider a more aggressive option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical roof issues in Thornton. While you are cleaning the exterior of your home, it is a great time to pressure clean your roof as well, but you’ll have to use a different method than the one you use for the rest of your home’s exterior.
If you start to notice streaks on your roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is usually obvious, too. These particles can’t be wiped off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your roof.
The best method for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and leave it be. This solution will kill all organic organisms on your roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is likely what most people passing by see, so make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will instantly improve your day, and will inspire you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
You can clean your porch with soap and water or a good power wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a really bright look! Clean overlooked areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll be spending much more time outdoors, so spring is a great chance to organize the things you’ll need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools as well as pool care equipment should all have an exact place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from 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 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 yard, trees and bushes can make a big impact on the overall look of your home.
Eliminate weeds around the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you will be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can also 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 sitting unused for months, your gas or charcoal grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are unappetizing, but they can also make you and your family sick.
Wet it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You can probably complete all of these projects after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Thornton Pressure Washing provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!