Spring cleaning isn’t always fun for many of us. But it is important. As the winter end and we begin looking forward to spring, something within us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and purging things we’ve collected over the winter months.
But who says spring cleaning is limited to the inside of a home?
The outside of your house could use some tidying up after a cold, wet 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 Bethesda, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed maintenance and care that will save you money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time to clean out your gutters, because a lot of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter months. Pollen is at its highest during the spring, making a big mess in your gutters if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are looking for places to build homes during 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 like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Home window cleaning is a must for spring cleaning. First floor windows won’t give you much of an issue, but second and third floor windows will be trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a hard job, 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 best solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t 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 quick, effective and doesn’t cost too much. You can clean your home, patio furniture, concrete patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they will not stain your house, and you can stop 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 because you’ll be driving on it, but, a clean, well-maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washing company can do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it’s concrete, asphalt, stone 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 months, so it can be easy to forget about it during the winter since you are not doing as much outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in bad 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 see signs of mold or algae, you may need to consider a more serious option, like professional power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are common roof issues in Bethesda. While you’re cleaning the outside of your house, it’s an excellent time to clean your home’s roof as well, but you’ll need to use a different process than what you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These contaminants cannot be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your home’s roof.
The best process for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water mixture and leave it sit. This will eliminate any organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your house is what most people passing by see, so make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a beautiful exterior will improve your day, and will even inspire you to spend more time outdoors.
Clean your porch with detergent and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and dirt off of the front door, and think about painting it for a bright look! Clean overlooked areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll soon be spending a lot more time outside, so spring is an excellent time to organize everything you’ll need for outdoor chores.
Gardening tools as well as pool care equipment must all have an assigned area outside your house – somewhere that it is safe from weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Taking the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the outside of your house so much more during the time of year when you spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and bushes can make a big impact on the overall look of your house.
Remove weeds around your flower beds and walkways, till up places where you might be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can 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 particles from your grill are unappetizing, but they can make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to get rid of leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber (so you don’t leave behind metal particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.
You can probably complete all of these jobs over the course of a few weekends but it will be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Bethesda Pressure Washing offers professional residential exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!