10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning is not exciting for most of us. But it should be done. As the winter end and we begin looking forward to spring and warmer weather, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things we’ve piled up over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the inside of your 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 improve the appearance of your home in Fishers, and, even more important, will provide much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time of year to clean out your gutters, because so many of leaves and debris accumulate in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in spring, making a mess in your gutters if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are searching for places to build homes in spring, so having your gutters cleaned out will help to prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew, stains and returning them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows shouldn’t give you much of an issue, but second and third floor windows can be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a hard chore, and it will need a lot of tools, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the best 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. This means you are going to want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and affordable. You can clean your house, outdoor furniture, patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they won’t stain your home, and you can prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem strange because you will still be driving on it, but, 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’s pavement, asphalt, stone or another material. Also think about adding a gravel or mulch border to your driveway to really help it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio probably gets the most use in the summer, so it can be easy to forget about it in the winter when you aren’t doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in pretty rough condition the first time you step onto it in spring.
Soap and water – and a little hard work – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or mildew, you need to think about a more serious option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical home roof problems in Fishers. While you’re cleaning the exterior of your home, it’s a great time to clean your roof too, but you will have to use a different method than what you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you see streaks on your roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These particles cannot be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your roof.
The best process for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water mixture and leave it be. This mixture will kill any organisms on your roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your home is likely what most people passing by see, so make the best impression you can for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Coming home to a beautiful exterior will improve your day, and it will probably 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 door, and think about painting it for a really fresh look! Clean unnoticed areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You’ll soon be spending more time outdoors, so spring is a great opportunity to organize the things you will need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools and pool care equipment need to all have an exact place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from weather and out of sight so it is not a constant eyesore to anyone. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow 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 garden bushes make a big impact on the overall look of your home.
Get rid of weeds near your flower beds and walkways, till up areas where you might be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn care easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for months, your gas or charcoal grill could need 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.
Wipe it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you don’t leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You can probably complete these projects after a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Fishers Pressure Washing provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!