Spring cleaning isn’t fun 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 encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and purging things we’ve hoarded over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of a home?
The outside of your home could likely 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 curb appeal of your home in Lakewood, and, even more important, will provide much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save you a lot ofmoney over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time to clean your gutters, since so many of leaves and debris collect in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they are not cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are scavenging for places to build their homes in spring, so getting 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 rust stains and returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is necessary for spring cleaning. First floor windows will not give you too much of a problem, but any second and third floor windows will be tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is an exhausting chore, and will need 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 best solution 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 affordable. You can clean your home, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with very little effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they will not stain your home, and you can also stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem strange since you will still be driving on it, but, a clean, cared for 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 or mulch border to your home’s driveway to really help it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio gets the most use in the summer, so it’s easy to forget about it in the winter when you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio can be in pretty bad condition the first time you walk onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little hard work – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or mildew, you might need to think about a more serious option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are typical roof problems in Lakewood. While you are cleaning the outside of your home, it’s a great time to clean your home’s roof as well, but you will have to use a different method than the one you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water solution and let it sit. This solution will eliminate any organisms on your home’s roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your home is going to be what most people passing by see, so make the best impression possible for visitors and for yourself! Returning home to a beautiful exterior will improve your day, and will encourage you to spend more time outside.
You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front door, and think about painting it for a bright look! Clean unnoticed areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You’ll probably be spending more time outdoors, so spring is an excellent time to organize everything you will need for outdoor chores.
Yard tools as well as pool care equipment must all have a specific place outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and out of sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore to anyone. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your home much more during the time of year when you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes can make a huge impact on the overall look of your home.
Get rid of weeds around your flower beds and walkways, till up places where you might be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can also spray pre-emergent weed killer to make yard care easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for months, your grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but even worse they can also make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You can probably finish all of these projects after a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Lakewood Pressure Washing provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!