Spring cleaning isn’t fun for a lot of us. But it has to be done. As the holidays and winter end and we begin looking forward to spring and warmer weather, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and throwing away things we’ve piled up throughout the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of a house?
The exterior of your house 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 really improve the appearance of your house in Cary, and, even more important, will offer much-needed maintenance and care that will save you a lot of money over the years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time of year to clean out your gutters, since so many of leaves and debris accumulate in the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest in the spring, making a big mess in your gutters if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are searching for places to build their homes in spring, so having your gutters cleaned out will help to stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and stains and returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows will not cause you too much of a headache, but any second and third floor windows are a bit trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a hard chore, and it will need a lot of supplies, not to mention going up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the best way 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. That means you are going to want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is quick, effective and affordable. You can clean your house, outdoor furniture, concrete patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with very little effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they will not stain your house, 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 just 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 pavement, asphalt, brick or another material. Also consider adding a gravel border to your home’s driveway to really help it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use in the summer, so it is easy to overlook it in the winter since you aren’t doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio can be in bad condition the first time you go onto it in the spring.
Soap and water – and a little elbow grease – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you see signs of mold or mildew, you might need to consider a more serious option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are common roof issues in Cary. While you are cleaning the exterior of your house, it is a great time to clean your home’s roof too, but you will have to use a different process than the one you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off shingles, nor can you power wash the roof. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal process for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach 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 house is going to be what most people see, so try to make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Coming home to a well-maintained exterior will instantly improve your day, and it will probably inspire you to spend a lot more time outside.
Clean your front porch with soap and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and think about painting it a new color for a really fresh look! Clean overlooked areas such as the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Garden Tools
You will be spending a lot more time outside, so spring is a wonderful opportunity to organize the things you will need for outdoor work.
Yard tools as well as pool care equipment should all have an exact place outside your house – a place that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the exterior of your house so much more during the time of year when you are going to spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and garden bushes make a huge impact on the look of your house.
Eliminate weeds near your flower beds and walkways, till up areas where you might be planting in the future and sweep 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 gas or charcoal grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but they can also make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind metal particles that can sometimes get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You can probably complete these jobs after a few weekends but it will be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Cary Pressure Washing provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!