Spring cleaning isn’t exciting for many of us. But it should be done. As the winter end and we start looking forward to spring and warm weather, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and purging things we’ve piled up over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of your home?
The outside 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 drastically improve the curb appeal of your house in Rockville, and, even more important, will provide much-needed maintenance and care that will save you money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time to clean your gutters, since so many of leaves and debris pile up in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a mess in your gutters if they aren’t properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are searching for places to build their homes in spring, so getting your gutters cleaned will help to prevent 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 returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows won’t cause you too much of a problem, but any second and third floor windows will be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring chore, and will require a lot of tools, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your home’s windows is the best way to get the panes and the outer frame nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You do not want clean gutters and windows on a dirty home. This means you are going to want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and doesn’t cost very much. You can clean your home, outdoor furniture, patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they will not 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 good cleaning might seem counter-productive since you’ll be driving on it, but, a clean, cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer 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 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 can be easy to overlook it in the winter since you aren’t doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty rough shape the first time you go onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little elbow grease – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you notice 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 long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are common home roof problems in Rockville. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it’s a great time to 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 notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is typically obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal process for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and leave it sit. This mixture will eliminate all organisms on your home’s roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your house is going to be what most people see, so make the best impression you can for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will instantly improve your day, and will motivate you to spend a lot more time outside.
Clean your porch with soap and water or a good power wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a really fresh look! Clean forgotten areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You will soon be spending a lot more time outdoors, so spring is a wonderful chance to organize the things you’ll need for outdoor chores.
Yard tools and pool care equipment must all have an assigned area outside your house – 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 appreciate the outside of your house much more during the time of year that you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and bushes make a big impact on the overall look of your house.
Get rid of weeds near your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you’ll be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make yard maintenance 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 ill.
Wipe it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can sometimes get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You can probably finish all of these jobs after a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Rockville Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!