Spring cleaning is not exciting for most of us. But it is important. As the holidays and winter end and we start looking forward to spring and warmer weather, something inside of us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and purging things we’ve piled up over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of a home?
The exterior of your house could probably use a little tidying up after a cold, wet winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will improve the curb appeal of your house in Smithtown, and, even more important, will provide much-needed maintenance and care that will save a lot ofmoney in years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time of year to clean your gutters, since so many of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter months. Pollen is at its highest during the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters and downspouts if they aren’t properly cleaned.
Plus, bugs and critters are searching for places to build their homes during spring, so getting your gutters cleaned will help to prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists 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. Ground floor windows won’t give you much of an issue, but second and third floor windows are trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring chore, and will need 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 recommended way 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. That means you will 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 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 deep cleaning may seem counter-productive since you will still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washer can do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it is concrete, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also think about adding a gravel border to your home’s driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio gets the most use in the summer months, so it is easy to forget about it during the winter since you aren’t doing any outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio might be in pretty rough condition the first time you step onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little hard work – are sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you see signs of mold or algae, you may need to think about a more aggressive 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 roof issues in Smithtown. While you are cleaning the exterior of your house, it is an excellent time to clean your home’s roof too, but you will have to use a different process than what you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you start to see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the cause. Moss is fairly 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 leave it be. This mixture will eliminate all organic organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Spruce up the Front
The front of your house is what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will improve your day, and will inspire you to spend more time outside.
You can clean your porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front porch, and think about painting it a new color for a really bright look! Clean unnoticed areas like the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll be spending more time outdoors, so spring is a wonderful opportunity to organize the things you will need for outdoor chores.
Yard tools and pool care equipment should all have an assigned area outside your house – a place that it is safe from weather and out of sight so it is not a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring will allow you to appreciate the exterior of your house so much more during the time of year that 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.
Get rid of weeds near your flower beds and walkways, till up places where you might be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn maintenance easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting unused for months, your gas or charcoal grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are unappetizing, but they can make you and your family sick.
Wipe it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You can probably complete these jobs after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Smithtown Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!