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The Wonder of the Power Wash and Other Exterior Spring Cleaning Ideas

Posted by Daltile Team on Apr 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

With the springtime sun comes the urge to power wash the cobwebs everywhere in your life. You dive into the corners of every bedroom and deep clean the kitchen. In all your springtime energy, don’t forget to give attention to exterior spring cleaning too.

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The exterior of your house gets even dirtier than the inside, and a good scrubbing gives your home a warm-weather facelift that gets you ready for summer. Here are some basic outdoor spring cleaning ideas you should add to your lineup.

Power Wash

Pressure washers are indispensable when it comes to cleaning the exterior of your home. They can render even the dirtiest stuff clean in seconds.

Stuff you can power wash

•    The garage door
•    Exterior walls
•    Trash cans
•    Garage floor
•    Driveway
•    Sidewalks
•    Decks/patios
•    Outdoor tile and pavers
•    Fences
•    Boats
•    Vehicles
•    Play sets
•    Patio furniture

Remember that pressure washers are incredibly powerful tools and can do damage quickly if you use the wrong nozzle, stay in one place too long, or use it on softer materials. You may want to test wash a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. Always read the instructions each time before using a pressure washer.

Doing the Windows Right

The rain, slush, and general winter storminess does a real number on your windows. You’ll always notice clean windows, and so will everyone who goes by your home. They are one of the most visible items on your spring cleaning list.

Start with your screens. Take them all down and give them a gentle wash. Next, give the window casings a good cleaning to get rid of dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Lastly, clean the glass. If you are cleaning on a warm and sunny day, it can be difficult to get a streak-free shine so try to clean windows in the shade. Keep the squeegee handy. You might also consider a steam cleaner designed for windows.

A 50/50 vinegar and water mixture does wonders on the windows and newspaper is great for wiping windows as an alternative to paper towels.

Handy Man Repairs

Winter weather has a way of bringing out, or creating, little problems that need some repair. Give your exterior a thorough going over to check for anything that’s loose, broken/cracked, or sagging:

•    Fence planks
•    Roof shingles
•    Window screens
•    Stair and deck balusters
•    Cement driveways and  sidewalks

It’s also a great time to inspect and repair caulking around doors and window both inside and out to keep the summer heat and unwelcome guests outside where they belong.

BBQ Time

Spring is a great time to give the grill a good scrubbing so it will be ready when Memorial Day parties roll around. Use a wire brush and a degreasing agent to clean off grime and rust. Check out the burners to ensure they are safe to use for the upcoming season. You can even give the outside of the grill an update with a coat of high-heat enamel.

Outdoor Furniture

The furniture you keep outdoors gets hashed if you have to leave it out over the winter. Wash furniture and vacuum cushions thoroughly. Inspect for sun damage or other problems. You might consider cleaning exterior cushions after pollen season has ended since fabrics can be havens for such things.

At the end of the season, if you can’t store your exterior furniture indoors, consider investing in covers to minimize damage and dirt.

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