10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning is not exciting for most of us. But it needs to be done. As the holidays and winter end and we start looking forward to spring, something inside of us pushes 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 only for the interior of your house?
The outside of your house could likely use some tidying up after a cold, wet winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will really improve the curb appeal of your house in Metairie, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed maintenance and care that will save you money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time to clean your gutters, because a lot of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest during spring, making a big mess in your gutters if they are not cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are looking for places to build homes during spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and rust stains, and restoring them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Exterior window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. First floor windows won’t cause you too much of an issue, but any second and third floor windows will be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is an exhausting chore, and it will require a lot of supplies, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your home’s windows is the best solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty house. This 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 house, outdoor furniture, patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your house, and you can prevent 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’ll still be driving on it, but, a clean, maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it’s pavement, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also consider adding a gravel border to your home’s driveway to really make it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio gets the most use in the summer, so it can be easy to overlook it during the winter since you are not doing any outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in pretty bad shape the first time you walk onto it in 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 consider a more aggressive option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are typical roof problems in Metairie. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it’s a great time to pressure clean your home’s roof too, but you’ll need to use a different process than what you use for the rest of your home’s exterior.
If you see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off 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-water, half-bleach mixture and then leave it be. This mixture will kill all organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your house is what most people passing by see, so make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Returning home to a beautiful exterior will improve your day, and it will probably encourage you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front door, and think about painting it a new color for a bright look! Clean overlooked areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You’ll probably be spending a lot more time outdoors, so spring is a great time to organize the things you’ll need for outdoor work.
Yard tools and pool care equipment should all have a specific area outside your house – a place that it is safe from harsh 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 appreciate the outside of your house much more throughout the time of year that you spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and garden bushes make a major impact on the look of your house.
Kill weeds around the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you’ll be planting later on and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed killer to make lawn maintenance easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all 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 ill.
Wet it down to get rid of ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind particles that can get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You can probably complete these projects over the course of a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Metairie Pressure Wash Masters provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!