Don’t neglect the exterior of your home when spring cleaning. Get your home’s exterior and outdoor spaces spring and summer-ready with these cleaning tips.
Gutters: Hire a professional or clean them yourself, but don’t ignore your gutters and downspouts! If you DIY it, wear gloves and make sure your ladder is sturdy and use a stabilizer. Here’s a quick tutorial: http://youtu.be/2_9WJSzV6fw
Siding, Brick and Stone: If you have any siding on your house the best way to brighten it and make it look new again is to pressure wash it. Brick and stone can start to look dingy over time and due to weather. Restore your brick’s luster with a simple cleaning solution and a hose or power washer. Protect your window and door trim with painter’s tape and be sure to cover landscaping. The how to video below gives tips on how to choose the right cleaner for your brick and stone and demonstrates the most effective method for removing dirt and grime.
Roofs: Spring is a great time to check your roof for leaks or missing shingles. Check your attic for water stains. They can be signs of a leaky roof that hasn’t leaked enough to damage ceilings. Roof repairs aren’t always costly. Many minor issues can be repaired with roofing cement, caulking, replacement shingles or new flashing.
Decks: Decks and other exterior wood should be refinished and cleaned periodically. A good, high-quality stain should last two to three seasons. A commercial deck cleaning product can bring new life to your deck and won’t damage the finish. If you prefer to DIY, mix bleach, powdered laundry detergent and hot water to remove mold and mildew from your deck and other outdoor surfaces.
A/C: Have your air conditioner serviced now while the temperatures aren’t too hot. They can change your filters, lubricate the unit and make sure all systems are operating correctly. The last thing you want on a hot summer day is to deal with waiting on a repairman when your A/C stops working.
Windows: Don’t dread washing your windows. Pick a nice day and follow these tips to make the task less tedious:
-Window cleaning solutions can be found at home improvement stores. Most include ammonia, vinegar and/or liquid dish detergent.
-Rather make your own solution? Use these proportions to make a bucket full: two cups of water with ¼ cup white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of dish detergent.
-A microfiber cloth and water work best for wiping windows clean.
-Wash exterior windows with clean water before applying a solution. This will help remove dust and grime.
-Outside screens can be scrubbed with warm soapy water and rinsed clean with water. Allow them to air dry.
-A professional squeegee is a good investment if you plan to clean your windows rather than hire someone. You can find one at janitorial supply stores or home improvement stores.