Spring cleaning isn’t always exciting for a lot of us. But it needs to be done. As the winter end and we start 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 collected throughout the winter.
But who says spring cleaning is only for the inside of your home?
The exterior of your home could likely use some tidying up after a cold, dreary winter, too!
It’s Time For Home Exterior Cleaning
Here are home exterior cleaning projects that will improve the curb appeal of your home in McKinney, and, more importantly, will provide much-needed maintenance and care that will save a lot of money in years ahead.
1. Gutter Cleaning
Spring is the ideal time of year to clean your gutters, since so many of leaves and debris accumulate in the fall and winter. Pollen is at its highest in the spring, making a huge mess in your gutters if they are not properly cleaned.
Plus, pests and critters are looking for places to build their homes in spring, so getting your gutters cleaned will help prevent an infestation in your home.
Gutter cleaning consists of cleaning the inside and outside of your gutters, removing mold, mildew and stains and returning them to a like-new appearance.
2. Window Cleaning
Residential window cleaning is essential for spring cleaning. First floor windows will not cause you much of a headache, but any second and third floor windows are trickier to reach.
Cleaning windows by hand is a tiring chore, and it will require a lot of tools, not to mention climbing up and down a ladder! A soft wash or professional cleaning of your home’s windows is the perfect solution to get the panes and the outer frame clean.
3. Pressure Washing
You don’t want clean gutters and clean windows on a dirty home. That means you are going to want to pressure wash your home too!
Pressure washing is fast, effective and affordable. You can clean your home, patio furniture, patios, wood and stone porches and walkways with not much effort. It will knock off dirt and mud so they won’t stain your home, and you can also prevent the spread of mold, mildew and allergens.
4. Driveway Cleaning
Clearing off your home’s driveway and giving it a good cleaning may seem silly since you will be driving on it, but, a clean, well-maintained driveway can increase the curb appeal of your home.
A professional pressure washer will do wonders for driveway cleaning, whether it is pavement, asphalt, stone or some other material. Also consider adding a gravel border to your home’s driveway to really help it pop!
5. Patio Cleaning
Your home’s patio probably gets the most use throughout the summer, so it can be easy to forget about it in the winter since you are not doing any outdoor entertaining, relaxing or grilling. Your patio can be in rough shape the first time you step onto it in the spring.
Detergent and water – and a little elbow grease – can sometimes be enough for patio cleaning, but if there are signs of mold or algae, you may need to consider a more serious option, like professional power washing, to ensure that friends and family can safely enjoy your patio all summer long.
6. Roof Cleaning
Mold and moss are typical home roof issues in McKinney. While you are cleaning the exterior of your home, it is a great time to clean your home’s roof too, but you will need to use a different process than the one you use for the rest of your home’s exterior.
If you notice streaks on your home’s roof, algae is most likely the cause. Moss is pretty obvious, too. These particles can’t be scrubbed off of shingles, nor can you power wash the roof. Both of these methods will damage the shingles on your home’s roof.
The ideal process for roof cleaning is to mist the shingles with a half-water, half-bleach mixture and leave it be. This will kill all organisms on your home’s roof without reducing its lifespan.
7. Tidy up the Front
The front of your home is probably what most people passing by see, so try to make the best impression you can for visitors, neighbors and for yourself! Returning home to a well-maintained exterior will improve your day, and it will even encourage you to spend more time outside.
Clean your front porch with detergent and water or a good power wash. Wipe cobwebs and mud off of the front porch, and think about 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 Garden Tools
You will soon be spending more time outdoors, so spring is a wonderful time to organize everything you will need for outdoor work.
Gardening tools and pool care equipment should all have an assigned place outside your home – a place that it is safe from harsh weather and not in sight so it isn’t a constant eyesore to anyone. Spending the time to organize in the spring will allow you to appreciate the exterior of your home so much more during the time of year when you are going to spend the most time outside.
9. Lawn Care & Landscaping
Your yard, trees and bushes can make a major impact on the look of your home.
Get rid of weeds around your flower beds and walkways, till up places where you will be planting later on and sweep 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 months, your grill could use a good cleaning, too. Leftover grease and food from your grill are definitely unappetizing, but they can also make you and your family ill.
Wet it down to get rid of leftover ash, then scrub the grates with a plastic scrubber (so you don’t leave behind particles that can get into food) and a detergent or degreaser.
You could probably complete all of these jobs over the course of a few weekends but it will be a lot of hard work. Instead, give us a call! MXG McKinney Pressure Washing provides professional home exterior cleaning services for patio cleaning, roof cleaning, driveway cleaning, pressure washing and more!