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Many people look forward
to spring to refresh their homes after the winter doldrums, and exterior spring
cleaning can be productive and renewing. By adding outdoor chores to your cleaning
checklist, not only do you get a cleaner home, but you can enjoy the
first breath of fresh spring air.
If you dread the thought of spring cleaning, you may wonder why you
should bother to clean the exterior of your home as well. While the aesthetic
benefits of a clean home are a matter of personal preference, there are other
reasons to consider.
First and foremost, your home is a reflection of your personality.
By taking care of it and making it fresh and presentable after accumulating
months of winter grime, you make a better impression on neighbors and guests.
If you plan outdoor activities in the spring and summer, a fresh, clean home is
more enjoyable and you'll find yourself wanting to spend even more time
outside. Exterior cleaning can also help you convert your lawn, garden, and yard
from a dormant winter state to a rejuvenated spring appearance, ready for
growth and blooming.
Exterior Spring Cleaning Chores
Just like any spring cleaning list, it is
easiest to approach a wide range of chores by dividing them into manageable
For the House
Cleaning the actual structure of your house is
easy and will instantly improve its appearance.
Windows: Washing windows and
screens will give you a sparkling view of spring even if it's still a bit too
cold to be outside enjoying it as much as you want.
Gutters: Cleaning out rain
gutters is a fall chore for many homeowners, but checking them again in the
spring will ensure that no debris has become clogged in them during winter
Siding: Pressure wash the
siding of your home to remove grime. Be sure to start at the highest points of
your home to avoid washing dirt down onto clean areas.
Garage: Cleaning out the
garage will give you more space for summer equipment such as bikes, outdoor
games, and gardening equipment. This may be a good time to hold a yard sale as
For the Deck
Whether you have a deck or patio, a few simple
cleaning chores can turn it from a winter-neglected spot into a fun outdoor
Flooring: If you have a wood
deck, inspect the wood for signs of rot or decay and make repairs as necessary.
Sweep first, then scrub the wood with oxalic acid to kill microbes, and restain
the deck if necessary. For a concrete patio, check for chips or cracks that
need repair, and scrub away any stains.
If your patio furniture has been out
in the weather all winter, it will need to be scrubbed clean. If it has been
stored instead, now is the time to brush it off and return it to the patio or
Grills: If you have a grill,
check its connections and operations, following all safety guidelines. Clean
the grills and handles, lubricate the lid, and get ready for great barbecues.
Lighting: If your patio area
includes exterior lighting, check that bulbs are snugly screwed in and that all
fixtures are working appropriately. Remove any rodent, bird, or insect nests
and clean the fixtures so they will shine as brightly as possible.
Even a beautiful home will look dingy if the
lawn is in poor shape. While you don't want to wash your lawn, there are
several spring cleaning chores that can help it look its best.
Litter: The first task is to
pick up any litter and dispose of it properly. Remember to check underneath
trees, shrubs, and bushes as well.
Raking: Dormant grass is
easily flattened and matted by months of snowfall. Gently rake your lawn to
remove dead grass, perk up the dormant blades, and give your lawn a boost.
Aeration: Over time your lawn
can become compacted, making it difficult for water and air to reach the roots
of your grass for the lushest, greenest growth. Consider an aeration service to
help loosen your lawn and encourage thicker, sturdier grass.
spring fertilization treatment can give your grass a boost of nutrients for
strong spring and summer growth. You can apply a fertilizer yourself, or
contact a lawn care company for an estimate.
- Sprinklers: If your yard has a sprinkler system, check the
condition of the visible pipes and valves, and test the system to be sure
it is working well.
For the Garden
Whether you have a large garden, medium
flowerbeds, or just a small planted area, you can make it look better in the
spring with a few simple chores.
Weeding: Removing weeds is much
easier when they're small and the soil is moist with spring rain. To minimize
the reappearance of weeds, consider using weed control fabric or tarp in your
garden or flowerbeds.
If you use covers to protect delicate plants, remove them as soon as the danger
of frost has passed.
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Pruning: Spring is a fine time
trees and shrubs. Consider their overall size and shape when you're pruning,
and recycle the clippings in a brush pile for the birds or by creating mulch or
Insects: Spring is the best
time to treat your garden area and flowerbeds for insects to minimize any pest
Mulch: Rake the mulch in your
garden and flowerbeds to mix air closer to the soil and refresh the color of
Other Exterior Cleaning
In addition to the chores for different areas
around your home, you may have other exterior cleaning chores to attend to.
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Clean out birdhouses and
Clean and repair the
fence and gate
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