08 Mar 5 Simple Exterior Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is in the air and with it comes renewal. The grass slowly turns greener, flowers spring up effortlessly, and trees begin to sing as their branches fill with leafs. With all this beauty happening all around your home, why not breathe some new life into your home’s exterior? In this article, we’ll go over five easy tips to restore the beauty of your home. We’ve put together a list of painless cleaning tips that us cleaning products you may already have.
Due to the size of your home we will be talking a lot about using a pressure washer. If you don’t own a pressure washer, consider purchasing one as their uses are endless. For those that do not or can not afford a pressure washer, a flat bladed mop makes a decent substitute but you’ll need to use a bit more elbow grease. If you decided to go this route make sure to use a mop with a plastic mop end to avoid scratching or gouging.
Some of these tips may require using a ladder. In those cases be sure to practice proper ladder safety rules like only setting up on level ground, maintain three points of contact (two feet and one hand..etc.), and also make sure the ladder is locked into position. For more on ladder safety click here. (Tips Provided By ElectroSaw HQ)
Tip one, let’s start with a simple one, your driveway. Over the course of the winter, your vehicles track that pesky road salt onto your driveway giving it a dull look. If you own a pressure washer this one is simple, simply spray that grime away. If you don’t own a pressure washer you can wait for the Spring rains to take care of this for you, or if you want to speed up the process grab a broom. Sweep the salt and dirt out towards the road or any direction where the rain won’t be able to carry back into your driveway. See? We told you these would be easy. These same tips also apply to your walkways.
Our next tip and one of the more demanding tasks is rinsing off your siding. The easiest way to go about this is to use a pressure washer with a flat nozzle with low pressure. If you find that the pressure is too low, increase it slightly and testing it on hidden areas just in case. Using too much pressure can damage or pit siding making it easier for dirt and algae to accumulate on your siding. For those without a washer, this is where the flat mop comes in. Make a solution of 30% white vinegar to 70% water in a bucket. Take care to not spill this mixture as it is hazardous to most vegetation. On lower portions of your home, you can use a soft bristle brush to scrub away grime. Save the mop for the hard to reach areas.
Windows and window trim should also be cleaned. This job will require some good old fashion elbow grease. For windows, make sure you wash both inside and out. As for cleaning products you can simply use whatever glass cleaner you have on hand or make your own using a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and distilled water. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any stubborn water spots. For your window trim, you can use the same vinegar solution or a mixture of dish soap and water. For this job, you can use a wash rag or a soft bristle brush.
Now let’s clean off that deck. For some, it may be as simple as sweeping it off, but some of you will need to do a bit more work. A pressure washer will make quick work of this job. Just be sure that you’re using a flat nozzle and low pressure. You don’t want to strip off the sealer protecting your deck or the paint for that matter. Do a spot test in a hidden area before you begin on the entire deck. For those without a pressure washer mix a solution of soap and water and use a stiff-bristled push broom to scrub away the dirt. When you feel you’ve gotten the deck as clean as its going to get, simply rinse it off. Now that your deck is nice and clean you should consider resealing it.
I saved the best for last, gutters. Yep, I know it’s a pain in you know what, but it has to be done. If you had called Toye Contracting last year and purchased one of our affordable gutter guard options you’d be skipping this step and admiring your nice clean home but you didn’t, so now it’s time to work. For this job, you will need gloves, trash or lawn waste bags, a ladder, and a garden hose long enough to reach your roof. This job is pretty self-explanatory but there are a couple of safety tips you can use. If you’re going to be cleaning from your ladder, take a length of rope up with you to tie your ladder to your gutter support. This will help keep the ladder from sliding. If you’re like me and do not care for heights, consider purchasing a plastic gutter scoop. This will allow you to clean more debris than by hand and keep you from having to get on and off your roof.
There, that wasn’t so hard, was it? I told you it would be easy. If you’re still not happy with how your home looks after a nice freshening up maybe it’s time to update the look of your home. We can help you with that. Head on over to our roofing, siding, windows, or gutter page and have a look. To see how our products would look on your home: click here. You can also book a free consultation with us at any time with zero obligations. To do so visit our contact us page.