10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t always fun for a lot of us. But it is important. As the winter end and we start looking forward to spring, something within us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things we’ve piled up over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the inside of a home?
The outside of your home could probably use some 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 home in Winston-Salem, and, even more important, will provide much-needed care and maintenance that will save you a lot of money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time to clean your gutters, since so many leaves and debris accumulate in the fall and winter months. The pollen count is at its highest in the spring, making a mess in your gutters if they are not cleaned.
Plus, bugs and critters are searching for places to build their homes in spring, so having 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 returning them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Exterior window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows won’t cause you much of an issue, but second and third floor windows can be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough chore, and will require a lot of supplies, not to mention going up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your home’s windows is the best way 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 are going to want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and doesn’t cost too much. You can clean your home, patio furniture, concrete patios, porches and walkways with not much effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they will not stain your home, and you can stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a deep cleaning may seem strange since you will still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washing service will do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it’s concrete, asphalt, brick or some other material. Also think about adding a gravel border to your driveway to really make it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio gets the most use in the summer months, so it can be easy to forget about it in the winter since you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio can be in pretty rough condition the first time you go onto it in the spring.
Soap and water – and a little elbow grease – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or algae, you might need to think about a more aggressive option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are common home roof problems in Winston-Salem. While you are cleaning the outside of your home, it’s a great time to clean your roof as well, but you will need to use a different process than what you use for the rest of your home’s exterior.
If you start to notice streaks on your roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These particles cannot be scrubbed off of shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your roof.
The ideal course of action for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and let it be. This mixture will eliminate any organisms on your roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Coming home to a well-maintained exterior will instantly improve your day, and will even encourage you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
Clean your porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front door, and think about painting it a new color for a fresh look! Clean unnoticed areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You will probably be spending much more time outside, so spring is an excellent time to organize the things you will need for outdoor chores.
Gardening tools and pool care equipment need to all have an assigned place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and out of sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Taking the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the outside of your home so 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 bushes can make a big impact on the overall look of your home.
Eliminate weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways, 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 maintenance easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for several months, your grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but even worse they can make you and your family ill.
Wipe it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind particles that can get into food) and a basic dish soap or degreaser.
You can probably complete these projects over the course of a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Winston-Salem Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!