Tips For Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior This Spring
It might feel like spring is too far away to start planning for spring cleaning, but this weather is going to end in no time, and you don’t want to be caught off guard. Having a to-do list for cleaning your home is a great way to make sure everything gets done! While you’re making your list, make sure you don’t neglect the outside of your house which has probably taken a beating the last few months. You know what, we will just make the list for you! Here are the top ten things to make sure you get to on the exterior of your home.
Rent a pressure washer
If you already have one, great! Fire it up to wash the exterior of your house, your driveway, sidewalk, steps, you name it. You can add a detergent to the pressure washer to loosen up and wash away stubborn dirt. There are different kind of detergents for different surfaces so make sure you buy accordingly.
Repair driveway cracks
Whether you hire a pro or DIY this part, it will keep your driveway and home looking clean and fresh through the summer.
Remove any weeds or grass from the cracks
Your use pressure washer to wash away dirt and debris
Patch concrete with a concrete resurfacer or
Use a latex asphalt sealer to patch up asphalt driveways so you don’t have to worry about resealing the whole thing.
Clean your windowpanes
Rain and snow can really take a toll on the exterior of your windows. You want to make sure you have streak-free windows so the spring sunshine can flow into your home! This is a good thing to remember all spring/summer long and get done regularly. The pollen can leave a film of yellow on your windows. To have the best streak-free shine:
Work on a cool or shady day so the soap doesn’t dry as soon as it hits the window
Mix water and vinegar at a 1:1 ratio
Use a rubber squeegee to clean and dry the windows – streak and dust free
Hire a pro to do it for you. They’ll get into all of the nooks and crannies and wash any funky-shaped window you have plus they will will safely clean all the high windows.
Clean and repair window screens
This is a great thing to do in both the spring and fall to keep the exterior of your home as clean as you can. Fill a kiddie pool with soapy water and soak each screen for a few minutes before scrubbing away the rest of the dirt and grime. Rinse the screens clean and set them in the sun to dry.
Pro tip: Does your screen have a small hole in it? Easy fix! For metal screens, lay the screen on a flat surface and go over the hole with a few strokes of epoxy. For fiberglass screens, cut a small piece of extra screen from the hardware store and some liquid adhesive will keep you bug-free all summer.
This sounds a lot harder than it actually is. All you need is a plastic scoop – a sand scoop or plastic spatula works, but you can buy a gutter scoop at your local hardware store – and hose. If you have already landscaped below the gutters, it isn’t a bad idea to lay down some tarp, so you don’t have to do extra clean-up. Finally, use your garden hose to flush out the gutters and check for any leaks. If you would rather have peace of mind and hire a professional gutter cleaner in Portland give Exodus a call!
Pro tip: Flush water through the down pipe. If yours is clogged, use a plumber’s snake to clear the pipe of any debris.
Cleaning the exterior of your home isn’t the only important part of spring cleaning. You’ll also want to make sure your landscaping is on point. You want a well-manicured lawn to match your gorgeous house! Here are a couple tips for getting the ground up to par.
Spruce up your lawn
Raking isn’t only for the fall! Give your lawn a clean sweep to remove any dead leaves and branches that have been sitting there all winter. Sprinkle aged compost (homemade or store-bought) onto your lawn to have it looking its best in no time.
While raking, you might notice some dead patches of grass. Loosen the dirt at this area to a depth of 3-4 inches. Mix some grass seed with compost and press it down flat into the dirt. Water it right away and keep watering it before it becomes dry.
Start a compost pile if you haven’t already
Compost is amazing for so many reasons. It saves organic matter from landfills, it can be used to fertilize houseplants and gardens and it saves money on leaf bags, conventional fertilizer and trash bags. Use a brown (carbon-rich) to green (nitrogen-rich) ratio of 3:1. Good brown materials are leaves, shredded paper products, wood chips and sticks and get your green materials from weeds, house waste (fruits and vegetables), and green plant clippings.
Check the pH of your soil
If you’re planning to start a garden (or maybe you already have but you have some unhappy plants), get a soil test kit and check your pH levels. Different plants like a different pH level and you need to know your plants preference so you can have the happiest garden!
Using this plan for sprucing up the exterior of your home this spring will have you the envy of the block! It’s good to get started as soon as you can and keep up this cleaning once a year at a minimum. Your house and wallet will thank you!