Top 8 Outdoor Areas For Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
Who doesn’t love spring sunshine after a long winter? Only problem: It exposes all the outdoor grime and gunk that gathered on patios, siding and more.
But, it doesn’t have to be a hassle to get the outdoors in order.
I’ve pulled together a checklist of the top-8 things on my outdoor spring-cleaning checklist each year. Start here, and you’ll set the foundation for a yard and home with maximum curb appeal.
Spring Cleaning Outdoor Checklist:
- Reclaim your garage – After a long winter, it’s likely a layer of funk has built up on the floor. Not to mention, the garage is often home to wet winter sports gear, snow melt from cars, snow blowers and more. Take time to pull everything out of the garage and clean the floor with a light-duty pressure washer after blowing away loose debris.
- Get rid of gutter grime – Before the spring rains hit, make sure your gutters are clear of debris, including leaves from last fall. Doing this now will prevent overflow during a hard rain, which can lead to water in your basement. Wear gloves to keep your hands safe from sharp edges.
- A driveway with curb appeal – After a season of ice, snow, salt and sand, your driveway needs a bath. The fix is simple. Use a pressure washer – no detergent needed – to remove dirt, mold and any additional buildup. For 40% quicker cleaning, than a nozzle try using a pressure washer surface cleaner. Note: Don’t forget to wear your safety goggles!
- Wash windows – Remove screens and place them on a hard, clean surface, such as your driveway. Use a vacuum for loose debris and then use a soft brush and soapy water to clean. For optimum cleanliness use a window-cleaning product that connects to your hose or detergent made for pressure washer use.
- A facelift for your siding – A light-duty pressure washer, or a medium-duty version that allows for in-line detergent mixing such as this Briggs & Stratton pressure washer, is a great way to give your entire home a quick and inexpensive deep cleaning. Note: Not all siding can be cleaned with a pressure washer, so please refer to manufacturer.
- Remove mold and more from patio/deck – Again, reach for the pressure washer. If mold and fungus is heavy, scrub it first with a bleach solution to kill growth. Use a pressure-washer setting that won’t damage your wood deck. While you’re at it, do the same for patio furniture and your grill (minus the bleach solution).
- Remove lawn debris/mow – Before grass really gets growing, make sure you remove remaining leaves and branches that escaped fall cleanup. When the grass gets to about 3 inches and you mow it, don’t bag the clippings; they’ll promote early spring growth.
- Stop weeds right away– When weeds are little and the ground is soft, it’s easy to get ahead of the game. Pull weeds when they’re small and follow up with a weed-prevention spray to eliminate the odds of having a yard full of crabgrass and dandelions.
Of course, these are my top targets for cleaning in the spring, and everyone has specific needs. What’s the one thing you do every spring to kick off “cleaning season” outdoors?
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