10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Projects

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Spring cleaning isn’t always fun for a lot of us. But it is important. As the holidays and winter end and we begin looking forward to spring and warmer weather, something inside of us encourages us to get our homes in order by cleaning, organizing and getting rid of things we’ve hoarded over the winter.

But who says spring cleaning is limited to the inside of your home?
The exterior of your home could likely use a little 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 Santa Monica, and, more importantly, will provide much-needed care and maintenance that will save you a lot ofmoney in years to come.

1. Gutter Cleaning

Spring is the optimal time to clean your gutters, because a lot of leaves and debris accumulate in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a big mess in your gutters and downspouts if they are not cleaned.

Plus, pests and animals are scavenging for places to build their homes in spring, so having your gutters cleaned will help to stop an infestation in your home.

Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and stains and restoring them to a nice appearance.

2. Window Cleaning

Home window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. Ground floor windows will not give you much of an issue, but any second and third floor windows can be trickier to reach.

Cleaning windows by hand is a tough 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 best 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 home. That means you will want to pressure wash your home too!

Pressure washing is quick, effective and affordable. You can pressure clean your home, patio furniture, concrete patios, porches and walkways with not much effort. It will eliminate dirt and mud so they won’t stain your home, and you can also stop the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.

4. Driveway Cleaning

Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a deep cleaning might seem silly because you will be driving on it, but actually, a clean, well-maintained 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 think about adding a gravel or mulch border to your home’s driveway to really help it stand out!

5. Patio Cleaning

Your home’s patio gets the most use throughout the summer, so it can be easy to overlook it in the winter since you are not doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio can be in bad condition the first time you walk onto it in the spring.

Detergent and water – and a little muscle – are 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

Mold and moss are typical home roof problems in Santa Monica. While you are cleaning the exterior of your home, it’s an excellent time to pressure clean your home’s roof too, but you will need to use a different method than the one you use for most of your home’s exterior cleaning.

If you start to notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the reason. Moss is typically obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off of shingles, nor can you power wash the roof of your home. Both of these methods will destroy the shingles on your home’s roof.

The ideal method for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach solution and let it be. This mixture will kill all organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.

7. Spruce up the Front

The front of your home is probably what most people see, so make the best impression possible for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a clean exterior will improve your day, and it will even encourage you to spend a lot more time outdoors.

You can clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front porch, and consider painting it a new color for a fresh look! Clean unnoticed areas such as 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 a great chance to organize whatever you will need for outdoor chores.

Yard tools as well as pool care equipment should all have an exact place outside your home – a place that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore. Spending the time to organize in the spring will allow you to enjoy the exterior of your home much more during the time of year when you spend the most time outdoors.

9. Lawn Care & Landscaping

Your yard, trees and bushes make a major impact on the look of your home.

Get rid of weeds near the exterior of your flower beds and walkways, till up areas where you’ll be planting later on and brush off walkways. You can also spray pre-emergent weed poison to make lawn maintenance easier on yourself throughout the next few months. Trim all the bushes too.

10. Clean the Grill

After being unused for several months, your grill could use 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 sick.

Wet it down to remove ash, then scrub the grates with a scrubber or grill brush (so you do not leave behind metal particles that can sometimes get into food) and a basic detergent or degreaser.

You can probably complete these projects after a few weekends but it will be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! Santa Monica Pressure Washing offers professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!

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