Spring cleaning is not always exciting for a lot of us. But it is important. As the holidays and 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 purging things we’ve collected throughout the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the interior of your home?
The exterior of your house could probably use some 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 house in Sarasota, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed care and maintenance that will save a lot of money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time to clean out your gutters, because a lot of leaves and debris accumulated during the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest during the spring, making a big mess in your gutters and downspouts if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, bugs and critters are scavenging for places to build homes during spring, so having your gutters cleaned out will help stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and rust stains and restoring them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows won’t cause you too much of a problem, but any second and third floor windows are tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough job, 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 perfect solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and windows on a dirty home. That means you will want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and doesn’t cost too much. You can pressure clean your home, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with very little effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your house, and you can stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a deep cleaning might seem counter-productive because you will still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer can do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it’s pavement, asphalt, stone or some other 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’s easy to overlook it during the winter when you are not doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty bad shape the first time you step onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little elbow grease – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or mildew, you might need to think about a more aggressive option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are common roof problems in Sarasota. While you’re cleaning the exterior of your house, it’s an excellent time to pressure clean your roof as well, but you will need to use a different process than what you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you notice streaks on your roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These contaminants can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your roof.
The best method 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 house is probably what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will immediately improve your day, and will even inspire you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
Clean your front porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a fresh look! Clean unnoticed areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You will be spending a lot more time outdoors, so spring is a great time to organize everything you will need for outdoor work.
Yard tools as well as pool care equipment should all have a specific place outside your house – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it is not a constant eyesore to anyone. Spending the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the exterior of your house much more during the time of year when you spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes can make a huge impact on the look of your house.
Get rid of weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you will be planting later on and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn maintenance easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for several months, your gas or charcoal grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but they can 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 metal particles that can get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You could probably complete these jobs over the course of a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Sarasota Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!