10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning is not always fun for many of us. But it is important. As the winter come to an end and we begin looking forward to spring and warm weather, something inside of 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 house?
The exterior of your house could probably use a little refreshing after a cold, wet winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will really improve the appearance of your house in Boston, and, even more important, will offer much-needed care and maintenance that will save you money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time of year to clean your gutters, since a lot of leaves and debris collect in the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest in spring, making a big mess in your gutters if they aren’t properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are looking for places to build their homes in 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 stains and restoring them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows won’t cause you much of an issue, but any second and third floor windows can be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough chore, and will require a lot of supplies, 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 nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You do not want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty house. That means you will want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and doesn’t cost very much. You can pressure clean your house, outdoor furniture, concrete patios, porches and walkways with not much effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your house, 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 might seem silly since you will still be driving on it, but, a clean, well-maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washing company will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it is concrete, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also think about 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 throughout the summer, so it is easy to forget about it in the winter since you aren’t doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio can be in bad shape the first time you walk onto it in spring.
Detergent and water – and a little elbow grease – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you see signs of mold or mildew, you need to think about a more serious option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical roof problems in Boston. While you’re cleaning the exterior of your house, it is a great time to pressure clean your roof as well, but you will have to use a different method than what you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to see streaks on your roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your house. 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-bleach, half-water solution and then leave it sit. This solution will eliminate all organic organisms on your roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Spruce up the Front
The front of your house is probably what most people see, so make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Coming home to a clean exterior will improve your day, and will even 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 mud off of the front door, and consider painting it for a fresh look! Clean forgotten areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You will probably be spending much more time outdoors, so spring is an excellent chance to organize whatever you will need for outdoor chores.
Yard tools and pool care equipment should all have an exact area outside your house – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and out of sight so it is not a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the exterior of your house much more during the time of year when you are going to spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and bushes make a big impact on the overall look of your house.
Kill weeds around your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you might be planting later on and sweep off walkways. You can also 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 several months, your gas or charcoal grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are unappetizing, but even worse they can also make you and your family sick.
Wet it down to get rid of ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber (so you don’t leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You can probably finish these projects after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Boston Pressure Wash Plus provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!