Spring cleaning may be on your mind at this time of year, but how much thought do you give to the outside of your home? Now is the ideal time for a proper exterior spring cleaning. Put in the work early, then you can sit back and enjoy the outdoors once the warmer weather arrives.
Here are the tasks you should have on your outdoor spring clean checklist:
Tidy up your driveway
Your driveway is the first thing people notice as they approach your home, yet it often gets neglected over the winter. Giving it a spring clean can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your home. First, brush up any leaves that have fallen, along with stones and other debris. Next, pull up weeds that have sprouted in between paving stones or cobbles. Now you’re ready to clean. For best results, use a high powered pressure washer to cut through the grime that has gathered over the winter.
Clean your windows
There’s no point in having sparkling windows on the inside if the outside panes are streaked with dust and dirt. You can create an effective natural cleaning solution by adding a few spoonfuls of white vinegar to water. First, rinse the windows well – spraying them gently with a hose is a good way to loosen any dirt. Next, spray on the water and vinegar mix and use a soft cloth or a mop to clean the windows. Use a squeegee to remove excess water, working from top to bottom and wiping it clean each time. Finally, dry the windows using newspaper or brown paper for a streak-free finish.
Check your roof and gutters
Clogged gutters are a common problem, especially if you have trees overhanging your house. If overflowing water starts to drip down external walls, it can potentially lead to damp or leaks. To clean your own gutters you’ll need to be confident using a ladder. (If in any doubt, call in a professional service to do it for you). Ensure you have a bucket hooked safely onto your ladder to collect the debris. Put on your rubber gloves – it’s likely to be messy – and scoop out the sludge into your bucket. Once the gutter is free from leaves, use a hose or pressure washer to thoroughly clean the pipes.
Wash down the front of your house
When the weather takes its toll on exterior paintwork and brickwork, the front of your home can soon start to look shabby. Pressure washing is a great way to remove the dirt from the outside of the house, but it’s important to use the correct pressure and the right detergent for each surface. Wood and paintwork require a softer touch than brickwork for example. For peace of mind, why not use a professional pressure washing service to guarantee a spotless finish without the risk of damage?
If you’re keen to get started but it all sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t worry – ProJet are here to help. Get in touch and we’ll show you how to get the outside of your home in tip-top condition in no time.