Spring cleaning is not always fun for many of us. But it is important. As the winter come to an end and we begin looking forward to spring and warm weather, something within us encourages 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 outside of your home could probably 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 curb appeal of your home in Norman, and, even more important, will offer much-needed maintenance and care that will save a lot of money in years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time to clean your gutters, since a lot of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter months. Pollen is at its highest during spring, making a mess in your gutters and downspouts if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are looking for places to build homes during spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew, rust stains and returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Exterior window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows won’t give you much of a headache, but any second and third floor windows are a bit trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring chore, and it will need a lot of tools, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the recommended solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You aren’t going to want clean gutters and windows on a dirty home. Which means you are going to want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and affordable. You can pressure clean your home, patio furniture, concrete patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they will not permanently stain your home, and you can also prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem silly since you’ll be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washing service will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it’s pavement, asphalt, brick or another material. Also consider adding a gravel or mulch border to your home’s driveway to really make it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use throughout the summer months, so it is easy to forget about it during the winter when you aren’t doing any outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio could be in rough condition the first time you step onto it in spring.
Detergent and water – and a little hard work – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or algae, you might need to consider a more aggressive option, like power washing, to ensure that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are typical roof issues in Norman. While you’re cleaning the outside of your home, it’s an excellent time to pressure clean your home’s roof too, but you’ll have to use a different process than what you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is probably the cause. Moss is usually obvious, too. These contaminants can’t be scrubbed off of shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal course of action for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-bleach, half-water solution and then let it be. This mixture will kill any organic organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your home is likely what most people see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a beautiful exterior will improve your day, and it will even motivate you to spend a lot more time outdoors.
Clean your porch with detergent and water or a good pressure wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front door, and think about 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 a lot more time outdoors, so spring is an excellent time to organize whatever you’ll need for outdoor chores.
Yard tools and pool care equipment must all have an exact area outside your home – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and out of sight so it is not a constant eyesore to anyone. Spending the time to organize in the spring will allow you to appreciate the outside of your home so much more throughout the time of year that you spend the most time outdoors.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and bushes can make a major impact on the overall look of your home.
Get rid of weeds around your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up areas where you might be planting in the future and brush off walkways. You can also spray pre-emergent weed killer to make yard maintenance easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for months, your grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but even worse they can also make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to remove leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber or grill brush (so you don’t leave behind particles that can sometimes get into food) and a dish soap or degreaser.
You can probably complete all of these jobs after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Norman Pressure Washing offers professional residential exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!