Spring cleaning is not fun for a lot of us. But it is important. As the winter end and we start looking forward to spring and warm weather, something within us pushes us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and throwing away things we’ve hoarded throughout the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of a house?
The outside of your home 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 improve the appearance of your home in Fontana, and, more importantly, will offer much-needed care and maintenance that will save you money over the years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the optimal time to clean your gutters, since so many of leaves and debris pile up in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in spring, making a mess in your gutters and downspouts if they aren’t cleaned.
Plus, pests and animals are scavenging for places to build homes in spring, so having 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 and stains and returning them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is necessary for spring cleaning. First floor windows won’t cause you much of a headache, but second and third floor windows will be a bit tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a hard job, and will need a lot of supplies, not to mention going up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your exterior windows is the recommended way to get the panes and the outer frame nice and clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You aren’t going to want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty house. 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 house, outdoor furniture, concrete patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they won’t permanently stain your home, and you can prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem silly since you’ll still be driving on it, but actually, a clean, maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washer will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it’s concrete, asphalt, stone or another material. Also think about adding a gravel or mulch border to your driveway to really help it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your patio probably gets the most use during the summer, so it can be easy to forget about it in the winter when you aren’t doing any outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio could be in pretty rough condition the first time you step onto it in spring.
Soap and water – and a little hard work – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or algae, you may need to think about a more aggressive option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are common roof problems in Fontana. While you are cleaning the outside of your home, it’s a great time to pressure clean your roof too, but you’ll have to use a different process than the one you use for most of your home’s exterior.
If you start to see streaks on your roof, algae is probably the reason. Moss is fairly obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your roof.
The ideal method for roof cleaning is to spray the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and then leave it sit. This mixture will kill any organic organisms on your roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Spruce up the Front
The front of your home is probably what most people see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors and for yourself! Returning home to a beautiful exterior will immediately improve your day, and will probably motivate you to spend a lot more time outside.
You can clean your front porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Wipe cobwebs and dirt off of the front porch, and consider painting it for a really bright look! Clean unnoticed areas including the porch ceiling, light fixtures and ceiling fans, too.
8. Organize Outdoor Tools
You’ll soon be spending much more time outdoors, so spring is a wonderful chance 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 home – somewhere that it is safe from weather and not in sight so it is not a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring allows you to enjoy the outside of your home so much more throughout the time of year when you spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and garden bushes can make a big impact on the look of your home.
Get rid of weeds around your flower beds and walkways, till up places where you will be planting later on 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 bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After being unused for several months, your grill could need a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food particles from your grill are definitely 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 plastic scrubber (so you do not leave behind particles that can get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You can probably finish these jobs after a few weekends but it is going to be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Fontana Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!