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Spring Cleaning For the Outside of Your Home

Winter is tough on us all. After months of harsh weather, we can’t wait for warmer temperatures and sunny days. A long winter can leave you feeling a little blue, but just imagine how it makes your house feel! After months of being blasted by winter weather, the outside of your house could definitely use a little TLC. So when it’s time to tackle spring cleaning on the inside of your home, it’s a good idea to think about cleaning the outside of your home as well.

Wash those windows

If you live somewhere that sees a little (or a lot) of snow, your windows are probably a whole lot dirtier than you realize. When salt and sand are put down on roads and sidewalks, it can quickly create a mess. As things melt, the salt, dirt, and sand ends up creating a film on the outside of your windows.

Aside from not looking very nice, leaving all that dirt on your windows can potentially cause bigger problems. Glass is porous, so over time, all the dirt and salt residue that accumulates will start to break down the surface. That means you might need to replace your windows more often, which definitely isn’t cheap.

Get ready for patio season

As the weather gets nicer, you’ll find yourself wanting to spend more time outside, enjoying the weather. If you’ve got a patio or deck, it’s a good idea to get it cleaned before you set it up. After all the snow, ice, and rain, you’ll likely be dealing with some degree of moss or mildew buildup on your deck or patio.

An easy way to clean your deck or patio is to get it pressure washed, though, for some tough stains, it might require some scrubbing. It’s also a good time to scrub down any patio furniture that has been stored outside, so it’s fresh and clean for you and your guests.

De-gunk those gutters

While you probably think about gutter cleaning as something you typically take care of in late fall, it’s a good idea to have them cleared out again in spring. You don’t want to have to deal with any blockages when those spring showers come. While you’re having the inside of your gutters cleaned out, it’s a good idea to give the outside a scrub down too. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes once you scrub off the dirt from the outer surface of your gutters.

Increase your curb appeal

Think curb appeal is only important if you’re selling your home? Think again! When the weather gets nicer, everyone is out and about. It’s nice to have your home looking fresh with so many more eyes on it. By taking the time to pressure wash your driveway, clean your windows, and have the dirt and grime removed from your siding and the outside of your home, you’re actually also making sure that these surfaces last longer. If you don’t clean them regularly, it’s possible that they could deteriorate a lot quicker than they normally would.

By following these spring cleaning tips, you’ll get your house looking great, while also ensuring a longer life for those outdoor surfaces.

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