10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects
Spring cleaning isn’t exciting for many of us. But it needs to be done. 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 throwing away things we’ve piled up over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the interior of your home?
The outside of your house could probably use a little refreshing after a cold, wet winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will drastically improve the curb appeal of your house in Hillsboro, and, even more important, will offer much-needed maintenance and upkeep that will save you money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time of year to clean your gutters, since so many leaves and debris collect in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a big mess in your gutters if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are scavenging for places to build their homes in spring, so getting your gutters cleaned will help to stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew, rust stains and restoring them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Exterior window cleaning is necessary for spring cleaning. First floor windows shouldn’t give you much of a problem, but any second and third floor windows will be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring chore, and it will need 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 perfect solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You do not want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty home. That means you are going to want to pressure wash your house 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 won’t permanently stain your house, and you can stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a good cleaning might seem strange since you’ll be driving on it, but, a clean, cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washing company will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it is pavement, asphalt, stone or another 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 probably gets the most use during the summer, so it’s easy to overlook it in the winter since you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in bad shape the first time you go 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 algae, you may need to think about a more serious option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are common home roof problems in Hillsboro. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it is a great time to clean your home’s roof too, but you’ll have to use a different method than the one you use for the rest of your home’s exterior.
If you start to notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is fairly obvious, too. These particles cannot be wiped off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your home’s roof.
The best course of action for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water mixture and let it sit. This solution will eliminate all organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your house is likely what most people see, so try to make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will immediately improve your day, and it will probably motivate you to spend a lot more time outside.
You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and think about painting it for a really bright look! Clean overlooked areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll probably be spending more time outdoors, so spring is a great opportunity to organize the things you’ll need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools and 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 isn’t a constant eyesore. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your house so much more throughout the time of year that you are going to spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes can make a huge impact on the look of your house.
Kill weeds near your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you will be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can 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 several months, your grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are unappetizing, but they can make you and your family sick.
Wipe it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind metal particles that can get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You could probably complete all of these jobs over the course of a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Hillsboro Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!