Planning on cleaning the exterior of your house this spring? Well, you are in luck. This post highlights all the steps involved in a good exterior house cleaning during springtime.
Spring cleaning is a very common practice with many homes today. While this is so, a number of homes fail to do spring cleaning the right way. In particular, a number of homes fail to properly clean the exterior of their homes. It is with this that we’ve opted to share with you this post.
Below you are going to find all the steps involved in a good exterior house cleaning during spring. So if you are looking at improving your home’s curb appeal or simply getting maximum fun from your home’s outdoor living space during spring then these are the steps to follow.
Are you ready to start cleaning your home’s exterior properly? Begin by incorporating these steps to your spring exterior house cleaning regimen. The steps this post will highlight are;
- An Action Plan
- De-leaf and De-clutter the Lawn
- Make Use of A Pressure Washer
- Squeaky-Clean Windows
- Gutter Cleaning
- Work On Your Patio & Deck
An Action Plan
The first step in any given exterior cleaning process and not just during spring is having an action plan in place. A good number of homes fail to have in place an action plan when cleaning the exterior of their homes. As a result, many fail to do it properly thus interfering with longevity and functionality of their home’s exterior. That said it is very important that you have an action plan.
In your action plan, write down every task that needs to be done. This way, you are more likely to cover your entire exterior. Also, note down some of the tools or equipment you’ll need for the entire cleaning process. If you are having trouble creating an action plan, you can borrow some ideas online or seek professional help.
Top on the list of things that should be on your action plan is inspection. In particular, inspect the exterior of your home. A proper inspection is done by walking around your home’s exterior. When doing an inspection there are a few things you need to look into. For instance, are there any fallen branches and planting? If so, see to it that you remove them.
Other things you should look into are loose fence boards and shed shingles that are missing. Rot is also a big concern for many homes during spring. This is especially so if you happen to have a wooden fence, patio or a deck. Hence, always look out for rot in such places as it can lead to serious damage if left alone.
De-leaf and De-clutter the Lawn
During winter your yard was not only cold and abandoned but also suffocated due to snow. Therefore, your yard has lost its lush flourishing qualities. In order for your garden or lawn to regain its flourishing qualities, there are a few things you need to do.
For instance, you need to get rid of all old soggy leaves. These two only work to choke your grass and flowerbeds. One way you can easily do this is by using a rake. A pro trip when raking, always ensures that you switch sides. This will prevent you from having a sore back.
Make Use of A Pressure Washer
In most cases, spring usually leaves your exterior in need of a serious bath. Unfortunately, this is a bath that rain only cannot provide. With this in mind see to it that you give your exterior a proper bath using a pressure washer. There are several reasons why this is an ideal option for any given exterior cleaning. With a pressure washer, you are guaranteed a proper cleaning. Things like grime, mold, and dew will completely be removed from any surface. You can also use a pressure washer to properly clean a driveway that’s greasy.
If your home’s exterior has areas that could be damaged by a pressure washer like siding, it is best you go for a different cleaning method. The most preferred cleaning method in such situations is a soft wash. Not only will it help in removing things like mold and dew but will do so without causing any damage. If you insist on using a pressure washer in delicate areas, see to it that you regulate the pressure accordingly.
During winter there are bound to be lots of storms. These storms in most cases end up leaving a nasty residue on windows. Depending on your window type and also the storm, your window might have slushy, sludgy residue. This as you can tell leaves your windows looking bad. Luckily, you can easily give them their shine back by simply washing them. You can use a hose and some soapy water to give it a gentle bath.
If your home exterior has screens, then cleaning them should be high on the list of things to do. This is especially so if you really want to show off your clean spring windows. As the case with windows, your screen can look depressing after winter. Cleaning it gently with a hose after a soap rub will help do away with all dirt including those old dead flies leaving it looking brand new.
Spring or no spring it is important that you clean your gutter regularly. Preferably, you should clean your gutter twice every year. After winter it is very important that you clean your gutter. I know, I know, cleaning a gutter is no easy task, but you can make it easy using modern tools. For instance, a HYDE PivotPro Outdoor Cleaning Water Wand is a perfect tool to clean your gutter with. It makes it easy for you to properly clean hard to reach places by blasting accumulated debris or leaves.
Work On Your Patio & Deck
Your deck and patio take a lot of damage during winter given the harsh elements. By spring, these two not only need a thorough cleaning but also a great amount of repair. That said clean these two by applying a formulated deck cleaner. When done, let it sit for a while then rinse it off with a pressure washer.
Remember to be delicate with the pressure washer. You might end up damaging your patio or deck if you use too much pressure. If your deck or patio needs refinishing, apply a stain or sealer using a pump-up sprayer. Allow the sealer or stain to dry before using your deck or patio.
In addition to cleaning these two, you might need to do one or two repairs. Yes, most decks and patios are not only dirty during spring but also are damaged due to the elements. Repairing them ensures that they are functioning as required during spring.
There you have it, steps to take when cleaning the exterior of your home during spring. If you are still in doubt as to what is the best way then it is advised to seek professional help.