Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home’s Exterior
Cleaning and repairing your home’s exterior does not need to be a spring project, although you might want to go outside and enjoy the warm weather after spending the cold winter days and nights inside your home. Listed below are few of the most commonly neglected outdoor maintenance tasks that you might want to work on.
Cleaning your home’s exterior will be much easier with the use of a pressure washer. However, you need to be very careful when using this equipment because too much pressure can damage the wood as well as other softer materials. Even though scrubbing is not required when using a pressure washer, you can add a cleaning solution to the machine’s reservoir to help loosen up the suborn dirt and finish the job faster. Be sure to utilize a cleaning solution that is designed for pressure washers and ideal for the kind of surface that you want to clean. There are cleaners intended for certain applications like siding, masonry surfaces, and decks.
In case there’s mold or mildew, you can use products like Concrobium or SporiClean. Another option is to use a solution that’s made of 1 part bleach and 4 parts water. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves and protective clothes when using bleach or other potentially harmful chemicals. Also, be sure to wet down with water or cover plants or grass before their application. Let the bleach mixture sit for about 15 minutes and then use a hose or a pressure washer to wash it off.
Keep in mind that driveways and sidewalks also require regular maintenance. Begin by getting rid of weeds or any grass that may be growing in cracks or maybe encroaching on your driveway. After that, use a pressure washer to get rid of dirt and grime. Use a concrete resurfacer to cover holes or cracks. You can also restore worn out asphalt drives by coating it with latex asphalt sealer so they will look like almost brand new.
Wood decks, in particular, are exposed to varying weather conditions and you need to clean them regularly if you want it to be in tip top condition all the time. Begin with the application of a specialized deck cleaner and then clean it out using a pressure washer. Just be careful when using this equipment so you won’t damage the wood. You can also use a scrub brush with a long handle. Once that is done, clean the deck and let it dry. In case refinishing is required, apply a stain or sealer and smooth it out using a brush. . Let the sealer dry first before using the deck. You can also hire a pressure washing company to help you with this task.
Clean and Repair Screens
Cleaning window screens can be as easy as soaking them in your kid’s wading pool that’s filled up with soapy water. Scrub the flat surface gently using a soft scrub brush. Lastly, rinse the window screen using a garden hose. Be sure to set its setting to fine spray to avoid damaging the screen. If the screens have tiny yet visible holes, you can flatten the fibers and apply several layers of clear fingernail polish. If the holes or tears are large, you can repair them by taking out the rubber spline from the screen frame and then install a new screen by making use of a screen spline roller tool.
Spring is also the best time to check your roof and see if there are problems that need repairs. Search for missing or torn shingles and repair or replace them if necessary. Check the flashing around the chimney, plumbing vents, as well as all the other openings that are susceptible to leaks. If there are gaps, seal them using roofing cement. Use a dab roofing cement to cover any exposed nail head. Remove debris like leaves and sticks that may have accumulated in valleys and against the chimney, porch, or dormer.
Clean The Grill
Spring is likewise a good time to prepare the grill. Get a wire brush and degreasing cleaning solution to clean the wire racks as well as the inside of the grill. Be sure to get rid of any rust that may have developed over time. Check the burners on the gas grills for signs of deterioration due to rust and then clean its surface. Check the holes in the burners and make sure that they are not clogged. If they are, you can use a tiny piece of wire to clean them. In case the grill’s exterior requires painting, sand the surface first and wash it carefully to remove the grease. Once dry, you can start coating it with high heat spray paint, also known as barbecue and stove enamel.
Clean and Fix Gutters
The gutters are parts of the home that are commonly overlooked. This spring, don’t forget to clean and repair them when needed. Begin by making a gutter scoop by cutting a narrow plastic container and use it to get rid of debris. Rinse the gutters and then check downspouts for clogs. You can use a plumber’s snake in case it needs unclogging. You should also evaluate the gutter joints and find out if there are leaks or not, You can repair them by using a gutter sealant.
Clean The Windows
Spring dirt, as well as pollen, can wear out your windows so spend some time cleaning them when the pollen has finally settled. Keep the cleaner from drying out too quickly by working in the shade. Create a mixture of vinegar and water and use it as a natural window cleaner. Don’t forget to use crumpled up newspapers to clean and dry your windows instead of paper towels. You can also get in touch with a professional company offering services like window cleaning Myrtle Beach.
Call A+ Pro Services Inc. if you need help cleaning your windows or if you are looking for a reputable pressure washing company.
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