Spring cleaning is not always exciting for many of us. But it has to be done. As the winter come to an end and we begin looking forward to spring and warm weather, something inside of us tells 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 limited to the interior of your home?
The outside of your house could probably use some tidying up after a cold, dreary winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will drastically improve the appearance of your house in Philadelphia, and, more importantly, will provide 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 so many of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest during the spring, making a mess in your gutters and downspouts if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are searching for places to build their 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 stains and restoring them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows will not give you too much of an issue, but second and third floor windows are a bit trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tough 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 solution to get the panes and the outer frame nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty home. Which means you will want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and doesn’t cost too much. You can clean your home, patio furniture, patios, porches and walkways with not too much effort. It will remove dirt and mud so they won’t stain your house, and you can also stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a good cleaning might seem strange because you’ll still be driving on it, but, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washing company will do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it is concrete, asphalt, brick or another material. Also consider adding a gravel border to your driveway to really make it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio gets the most use during the summer, so it can be easy to overlook it during the winter when you aren’t doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty rough condition 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 might need to consider a more aggressive option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are common home roof problems in Philadelphia. While you’re cleaning the outside of your house, it is an excellent time to clean your roof as well, but you’ll have to use a different method than what you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to notice streaks on your roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is usually obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your roof.
The ideal method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water solution and leave it be. This will eliminate any organic organisms on your roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Clean up the Front
The front of your house is probably what most people passing by see, so 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 more time outside.
You can clean your porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and mud off of the front door, and consider painting it for a really bright look! Clean overlooked areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You will be spending a lot more time outside, so spring is a great opportunity to organize the things you’ll need for outdoor work.
Yard tools as well as pool care equipment need to all have an exact area outside your house – somewhere that it is safe from weather and not in sight so it is not a constant eyesore to anyone. 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 spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes make a big 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 in the future and brush off walkways. You can also 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 being 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 also make you and your family sick.
Wipe it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you do not leave behind particles that can get into food) and a dish soap 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! AllPro Philadelphia Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!