There’s nothing like the first good weather days of the year. You can finally start to dust off your warm weather clothes and give your parka and raincoat a rest. The sun is finally out and the birds are happy, and so are you because the skies are not gray and cold anymore. But, one problem remains. After all of that rain and snow during the winter and early spring, your poor home’s siding and outside paneling is covered with dirt, debris, and cobwebs. Now is the perfect time to get the outside of your home ready for the summer entertaining season and summer weather. In today’s blog we’re going to go through a few different ways that you can tackle this task. Enjoy!
To start off, you don’t want to dive right into spraying your outer walls with a hose. You actually want to start dry then work your way to the wet cleaning. Using a long-handled brush, go around the perimeter of your home and scrape away all of the cobwebs and spider nests that you see. They will typically be around light fixtures, in nooks and crannies, corners, and high above windows around where the roof overhangs the side. Carefully wipe all of these spots down before starting to spray water. If you go directly to the water, it will merely smush the cobwebs against the side of your house without actually getting rid of them and you will just have to do it again later with a brush.
Keeping on the dry angle, you will then want to tackle your gutters and soffit vents (the vents that are set into the overhanging parts of your roof around the edges). Now is a great time to give them some TLC and they will help your home stay cooler in the summer heat. Soffit vents are an important part of your home’s HVAC health and if they are dirty or clogged, then they will not allow cold air to be circulated into your home’s attic which will drive your cooling bills up!
If you have a pressure washer or a garden hose with a good amount of pressure, then you are ready to clean the sides of your home! Give each side a good spray down starting from the top and working your way down. Be careful not to spray too hard as that can damage the paint or siding panels. After spraying, you may notice some patches of dirt or debris remaining. You will need to spot clean those with a bucket of warm water, a rag, and a few tablespoons of concentrated dish soap. Wipe down the affected areas and then spray again with the hose to rinse. And you’re done!
For The Road
Getting the outside of your home clean and ready for the summer is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!