10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t always fun for a lot of us. But it has to be done. As the holidays and winter come to an end and we start looking forward to spring, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and throwing away things we’ve hoarded throughout the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of your home?
The outside of your home could use a little tidying up after a cold, dreary winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will improve the curb appeal of your home in Irving, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed care and maintenance that will save you money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time of year to clean your gutters, because so many leaves and debris collected during the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest during the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters and downspouts if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are looking for places to build homes during spring, so getting your gutters cleaned will help to stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew, rust stains and returning them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. First floor windows will not give you too much of a headache, but second and third floor windows can be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough chore, and will require a lot of tools, not to mention going up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the recommended way to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You do not want clean gutters and windows on a dirty home. Which means you will want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and doesn’t cost very much. You can clean your home, outdoor furniture, concrete patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with very little effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they won’t 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 deep cleaning might seem silly because you will just be driving on it, but actually, a clean, cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
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 border to your home’s driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio gets the most use in the summer, so it can be easy to forget about it during the winter when you aren’t doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio can 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 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
Algae and moss are typical roof issues in Irving. While you’re cleaning the outside of your home, it is an excellent time to clean your home’s roof too, but you will have to use a different process than what you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off of shingles, nor can you power wash the roof. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your home’s roof.
The best method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water mixture and then leave it sit. This mixture will kill any organisms on your home’s roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is what most people see, so make the best impression possible for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a beautiful exterior will improve your day, and will probably motivate you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and think about painting it a new color for a really bright look! Clean forgotten areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You’ll be spending more time outside, so spring is a wonderful chance to organize the things you will need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools as well as pool care equipment must all have an assigned place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore to anyone. Spending the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your home so much more during the time of year that you spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and garden bushes can make a huge impact on the look of your home.
Eliminate weeds around your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you’ll be planting later on 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 the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for several months, your gas or charcoal grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but even worse they can make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber (so you don’t leave behind particles that can get into food) and a basic dish soap or degreaser.
You could probably complete all of these projects after a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Irving Pressure Washing provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!