Cleaning the home's exterior is just as necessary as cleaning the interior. Granted, you don't have to do it as often, but you still need to ensure your roof, gutters, windows, pavement and the rest of the exterior is well maintained. Is that time of the year when you'll need to start your home cleaning, but you're unsure where to start when it comes to the exterior? Keep reading for top cleaning tips to keep the exterior of your residence spotless.
Start from the top down
Regardless of the area of the house, you'll want to start cleaning from the top down. Climb on top of the roof to inspect it and rinse all the dirt with a water hose. We suggest you call a roof inspector if you don't know how to inspect the roof by yourself. The last thing you want is to discover a crack too late in the process, when your leg has already fallen through the cracks. Call the pros and have them safely inspect the roof before you start cleaning. Once they say everything is in good shape, take the water hose and start rinsing the dirt.
Check the gutters
Did you notice the water from the roof cleaning process is stuck in the gutters? Chances are you'll need to sort them out first. Grab your ladder and a pair of gloves alongside a plastic bucket and begin removing the leaves and anything else stuck up there. Don't lean the ladder against the gutter, but find a safe place to position the ladder before you go up. Again, if you don't know how to clean the gutters safely, hire help. It's always best to pay the pros than to risk your safety.
Wash the windows
Once the gutters have been dealt with, and you've rested, it's time to move on to the windows. Do you have the necessary equipment for washing the windows? Can you reach the ones on the upper floors of the house? To be on the safe side, you should probably hire window cleaning services to perform the job considering it can be one of the most challenging tasks for you as a resident. For the pros, it will be a quick and easy job they’ll do just as you rest and contemplate our next exterior cleaning step.
Clean the siding
The siding of the house can be tricky to clean for someone. However, when you have pro tips on your side, it will be a piece of cake. Algae, cobwebs and dirt often find their permanent home right in the exterior of your home, making the entire residence look unsightly. Basic dirt and soot will go away if you use warm water and mild soap. If you need to deal with mould and algae, grab a mild bleach-based cleaner, or stop by a hardware store and pick up a solution intended to clean brick, stucco, wood or vinyl, depending on your home’s exterior needs.
Don’t forget the porch
Cleaning the porch will be the next in line of the exterior cleaning process. Keep all the furniture out of the way and ensure no kids or dog toys are in the vicinity either, so you can clean the porch thoroughly without anything being in the way. As with the sidings, use the solution based on the problem you’re dealing with. If there are no algae on the porch, only soap and water will do after you’ve swept the dirt with a brush. Afterwards, rinse the deck with a garden hose. That way, you’ll remove all soap and cleaning solutions. Avoid using pressure washers if you have a painted porch to prevent removing the paint alongside the dirt.
Finish with the pavement
Now that you’ve dealt with the house, you’ll need to take some time cleaning the pavement too. The driveway, patios and paths deserve just as much attention as the house exterior. Have you checked those pavers lately? Is there some leftover grease from the summer BBQ? Add a soapy solution to your pavers to let the grease spots soak before rinsing them. If you’ve noticed particularly grimy areas, add a power-washer attachment to the garden hose and continue cleaning. For greasy stains on the driveway, use a commercial-grade degreaser before using a pressure washer to clean it.
When it's time to clean the home's exterior, you'll want all the help you can get. So, don't hesitate to call for pros if you realise you cannot learn some areas as well as you expected. Hire professional window cleaning services or call roof inspectors to check on the roof and see if it needs fixing before you start cleaning it. Use special solutions for mould and algae on the sides, don't forget to clean the porch thoroughly and spend enough time attending to the pavement to spruce up the home's interior.