Spring cleaning isn’t always fun for a lot of us. But it should be done. As the holidays and winter near 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 getting rid of things we’ve piled up over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the interior of your home?
The outside of your house could likely use a little 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 curb appeal of your house in Wilmington, and, more importantly, will provide much-needed maintenance and care that will save a lot of money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time to clean out your gutters, since a lot of leaves and debris pile up in the fall and winter months. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a mess in your gutters and downspouts if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are scavenging for places to build their homes in spring, so getting your gutters cleaned out will help prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists 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 shouldn’t give you too much of a headache, but any second and third floor windows will be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring chore, and 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 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 fast, effective and doesn’t cost too much. You can clean your home, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with not too much effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they will not stain your house, and you can also prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem strange since you will still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer 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 driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio gets the most use during the summer months, so it can be easy to forget about it in the winter when you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio can be in bad shape the first time you step onto it in the spring.
Soap and water – and a little hard work – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you notice signs of mold or mildew, you need to consider a more serious option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical home roof issues in Wilmington. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it is a great time to clean your roof too, but you will have to use a different process than the one you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you start to notice streaks on your roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is usually obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be wiped off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your roof.
The ideal method for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water solution and then leave it sit. This solution will eliminate any organic organisms on your roof without lowering its lifespan.
7. Tidy 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, neighbors and for yourself! Coming home to a beautiful exterior will instantly improve your day, and will even encourage you to spend more time outdoors.
You can clean your front porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a bright look! Clean forgotten areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You will probably be spending much more time outside, so spring is a great opportunity to organize everything you will need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools as well as pool care equipment need to all have an assigned place outside your house – somewhere that it is safe from weather and out of sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Spending 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 outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and garden bushes make a huge impact on the look of your house.
Eliminate weeds around your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you might be planting later on and sweep off walkways. You can also spray pre-emergent weed poison to make yard care easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for several months, your 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 ill.
Wipe it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you do not leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You could probably finish all of these jobs after a few weekends but it will be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Wilmington Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!