Spring cleaning isn’t always fun for a lot of us. But it has to be done. As the holidays and winter end and we start looking forward to spring, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things we’ve piled up over the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the interior of a house?
The outside of your house could probably use some 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 appearance of your house in Burbank, and, even more important, will provide much-needed maintenance and care that will save you money in years to come.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the best time of year to clean your gutters, since a lot of leaves and debris pile up during the fall and winter. The pollen count is at its highest during the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters and downspouts if they are not cleaned.
Plus, bugs and animals are looking for places to build homes during spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help stop an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning will consist of cleaning the inside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and stains and restoring them to a nice appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is necessary for spring cleaning. First floor windows will not cause you much of a problem, but second and third floor windows will be tougher to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring 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 solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You do not want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty house. Which means you are going to want to pressure wash your house too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and doesn’t cost too much. You can clean your house, patio furniture, patios, porches and walkways with very little effort. It will remove 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 may seem counter-productive since you’ll still be driving on it, but, a clean, well-cared for driveway can increase the curb appeal of your house.
A professional pressure washing company will do wonders when it comes to driveway cleaning, whether it is pavement, asphalt, stone or another material. Also think about adding a gravel border to your home’s driveway to really help it stand out!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio gets the most use in the summer, so it can be easy to forget about it during the winter when you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, leisure or grilling. Your patio could be in pretty bad shape the first time you go onto it in the spring.
Soap and water – and a little hard work – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if you see signs of mold or algae, you may need to think about a more serious option, like power washing, to guarantee that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer.
6. Roof Cleaning
Algae and moss are common roof issues in Burbank. While you are cleaning the outside of your house, it is an excellent time to clean your home’s roof as well, but you’ll have to use a different method than what you use for the rest of your home’s exterior cleaning.
If you start to see streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the cause. Moss is usually obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off shingles, nor can you pressure wash the roof of your house. Both of these methods will ruin the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal method for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and leave it sit. This will eliminate all organic organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Spruce up the Front
The front of your house is likely what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will immediately improve your day, and will even inspire you to spend more time outside.
Clean your porch with soap and water or a good pressure wash. Clean cobwebs and mud 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 Garden Tools
You will soon be spending more time outside, so spring is a wonderful opportunity to organize whatever you’ll need for outdoor work.
Yard tools and pool care equipment must all have an assigned place outside your house – somewhere that it is safe from harsh weather and out of sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Taking the time to organize in the spring allows you to appreciate the outside of your house so much more during the time of year that you are going to spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your lawn, trees and garden bushes make a big impact on the overall look of your house.
Eliminate weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways and driveway, till up places where you will be planting in the future and sweep off walkways. You can spray pre-emergent weed poison to make yard care easier on yourself throughout the summer. Trim all the bushes too.
10. Clean the Grill
After sitting 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 sick.
Wipe it down to remove 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 could probably complete all of these projects after a few weekends but it will be a lot of tough work. Instead, give us a call! Burbank Pressure Washing provides professional residential exterior cleaning services for driveway cleaning, patio cleaning, pressure washing, roof cleaning and more!