Maintaining a home’s cleanliness and keeping it safe from any damage is an essential responsibility for homeowners. In order to fulfill this responsibility, homeowners need to clean both the interior and exterior of their homes.
Some homeowners tend to neglect their home’s exterior primarily due to hectic schedules that cause them to overlook their property’s cleanliness. As a result, their homes look dirty, unpleasant, and uninviting, and it may be too late by the time they notice.
Once you’re ready for an intensive exterior cleaning, here are the best tips for a simple yet effective exterior cleaning to restore your home’s look:
Before You Start, Prep Your Home
Exterior cleaning is a demanding task, particularly if it has been a long time since you did the last one. Before starting, make sure that you have scheduled your cleaning day and will not be distracted by any other tasks. However, the weather can prove to be a natural distraction. So make sure that you schedule your exterior cleaning in summer or dry weather.
To prep and protect your home’s interior, ensure that all doors, windows, and open spaces are closed or covered before you begin cleaning. Secure the sides of the doors and windows through putting tape, so that the sticky side will trap any dust and dirt that may enter inside.
For vents, light fixtures, and electrical outlets, cover them with plastic sheets and duct tape. You can take moveable potted plants inside temporarily, while you can cover plants and shrubs that are planted outdoors with plastic covering.
Carry Out Pressure Washing
Dust, stains, mold, and mildew accumulate on your home’s exterior surfaces. When these elements go unnoticed, they don’t only worsen your home’s appearance but also create an ideal environment for diseases to thrive. Such elements can spread rapidly in small crevices and corners of your home’s exterior, such as the sidings.
Before using any cleaning product, assess the condition of your surfaces. If dirt and stains have encouraged the growth of mold and mildew in coatings, especially your siding, pressure washing is your best option. Another sign that you should go ahead with pressure washing are clogged and overflowing gutters.
For pressure washing, you can contact professional cleaning services in your town. Many companies offer excellent pressure washing and a variety of other cleaning services.
Although pressure washers are accessible for homeowners, letting the professionals do it guarantees safe cleaning because they can handle the force of the pressure washer better.
Clean Screens And Windows
Don’t expect that pressure washing will accomplish all the cleaning. Other exterior parts of your home like the screens and windows can’t be cleaned with water pressure because the glass will break, and it just won’t work on screens. This also explains why professionals cannot conduct pressure washing on these components.
To clean your screens and windows, you can mimic the mechanism of pressure washing but adjust it to make it a lot safer and milder. Purchase a specific outdoor sprayer for your home, which attaches to your garden hose. This type of cleaner isn’t just for glass windows, but also for your glass doors and patio furniture.
When cleaning your glass windows and other fragile exterior surfaces, don’t forget about their other side which is indoors. Remember not to let your glass surfaces air dry as the next thing you’ll see are blurry streaks. Use a long-armed squeegee to remove all the moisture while the glass is still wet.
Clean Your Outdoor Furniture
Dirty furniture in your patio or yard is never a pleasant sight to behold. Not cleaning them can also cause skin allergies and respiratory reactions for those people who are prone to these conditions. When carrying out a thorough exterior cleaning, never forget to clean your outdoor furniture since it’s also exposed to wear and tear, harsh weather conditions, and other external stressors.
Depending on the material of your furniture, here are some tips for cleaning each one of them:
Metal, iron, and aluminum
Oxidation and rusting are your biggest enemies. Use cleaners with low pH such as white vinegar diluted in water or a metal polishing paste. Eliminate rust and chipped paint with sandpaper. To make it more lustrous, dampen a soft cloth with non-abrasive cleaning products and wipe gently.
Wood and wicker
Use commercial wood cleaners or the same DIY solution with white vinegar and water to clean them. Be careful not to soak the furniture too much. For furniture with harder wood, sand it down and apply protective finish once in a while.
Plastic and hard-resin
Avoid using bleach or chlorine as they will chip off and damage the plastic. Instead, make a cleaning solution consisting of warm water and baking soda or water and dishwasher liquid. Sprinkle baking soda or wipe away with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar if there are stubborn stains.
Use the same material and technique for cleaning your glass windows. Utilize a glass repair kit for minor scratches. Always keep the furniture clean, especially the table when not in use, and cover it.
Cleaning your outdoor furniture isn’t only for restoration. Regular outdoor furniture maintenance also helps in extending its life and avoiding costly repairs or new purchases.
Prolong Your Driveway’s Life Through Sealing After Cleaning
Unlike other exterior surfaces, your driveway can be built from asphalt, a porous material where oil and fluid stains can penetrate deeper into its cured layers. During pressure washing, the professionals will handle cleaning these oil and fluid stains, even those that are hard to remove like antifreeze and grease. However, it is up to you to protect the naked surface through asphalt sealing once the cleaning is done.
As mentioned, asphalt is a penetrable material, so even water could permeate its cracks and compromise its strength. When neglected, this could eventually turn into potholes, which are more expensive and a hassle to fix.
You can choose to do the asphalt sealing yourself or hire a professional to do it. Whichever method you pick, always take note that the time required for thorough curing or drying of the sealing can take up to a month. Thus, take extra care while using or driving through your paver and avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning fluid stains.
Have A Repainting Job
After all the necessary cleaning procedures have taken place, it is the perfect time to restore the look of your home’s exterior through a repainting job. Some cleaners and detergents can be harsh for surfaces and materials factoring in their age and natural wear and tear, but you can bring back their vibrancy by painting them with the same color or spicing things up with a new wall decoration.
Having a painting job is particularly crucial for homeowners right before the summer or spring season starts. When the weather starts becoming bloomy and hot, it is good to enhance the beauty of your home with vivid colors that will reflect the sun’s rays.
When doing a repainting job, some reminders to take note of are:
- Eliminate all chipping paint before adding a fresh layer, especially in another color.
- Prime the surface before painting to enhance the color and retain its pigment longer.
- Varnish your wood furniture and surfaces as well.
- Use a color wheel or palette to see which colors will complement each other well. If your home’s interior has a specific color, your best choice is to use the same on the outside.
Exterior cleaning might seem like a massive project since you’ll have to clean an entire outdoor space. For your indoor space, you can always divide the cleaning time between different rooms since they are separated by walls. However, you can accomplish an effective and simple exterior cleaning with the tips and techniques discussed here to come up with amazing results without breaking the bank.