It’s that time of year again. The trees are starting to put out their buds here in Southeast Michigan, the sun is coming out, and the temperatures are rising.
It’s time many homeowners begin to think about home exterior spring cleaning.
Spring is a traditional time for cleaning. This is because you can see the dirt and grime that has built up after the long winter.
However, not all spring cleaning is equal. See the tips below for how to clean the exterior of your house to prolong its life without doing any damage.
Home Exterior Spring Cleaning Tips
Don’t Go In Without a Plan
If you are a new homeowner or you have never attempted a spring clean of your entire house exterior,
- You want to make sure you know what should be cleaned.
- What you can clean yourself.
- How to clean each part of your home’s exterior properly.
Improper cleaning can damage valuable property. Additionally, if you attempt something unsafe, you could end up with a severe injury.
Don’t attempt to clean your gutters from on top of your roof, and don’t lean your ladder against them. They are most likely made of material that isn’t made to withstand this pressure. You could end up bending or breaking them.
We encourage homeowners not to go up on their roofs themselves.
Do lean your ladder against the side of your house and use your hands or tools made for the purpose of cleaning out your gutters.
Disconnect the downspouts if you suspect them to be clogged with debris. Garden hose attachments made for blowing debris out of your gutters can be found at a home and garden store.
Don’t do your chores out of order. Cleaning your gutters may end up making your siding dirtier. It is best to work from the top down.
Don’t use a power washer on the wrong setting. The same nozzle and pressure applied for every job could end up damaging loose siding.
Don’t just use any detergent for washing your siding before checking with the manufacturer. When in doubt, only use plain water!
Do consult with a professional before using a power washer on your siding. Find out which water pressure can safely be used on which surfaces. Otherwise, you may have to prepare yourself to repaint your house!
Do use sponges and brushes designed to remove dirt and mold build-up to make your house sparkle and prolong the life of your siding.
Pro Tip: How to Deep Clean Your Vinyl Siding
This one might be a no-brainer, but don’t wash your exterior windows without washing everything else first. You will end up undoing your work.
As with siding, make sure you know how much water pressure your window frames can withstand and don’t go beyond it. You may have to use a sponge or a brush to remove stubborn grime.
Do remove each window and clean inside the window frames, then using a solution of vinegar and water, spray each window and wipe with newspaper.
This will not only make your whole house feel new. In addition, it will significantly prolong the life of your windows.
Don’t get up on your roof! You can prevent doing damage to your roof and hurting yourself by following this one simple rule.
Don’t ever use a power washer on your roof! Algae may make dark stains on shingles sometimes. However, this can be cleaned by a professional company with an appropriate cleaning solution.
A power washer will take off your shingles’ protective granules and significantly reduce the life of your roof.
Do take a moment to check out your roof from the ground with a pair of binoculars.
Do call a professional roofing company for an inspection if you suspect damaged flashing, missing shingles, a leak or any other problem while it’s still a small problem.
It is much cheaper, in the long run, to fix those problems while they are small.
Bringing it Home
The main thing to do this spring, to take care of your house and reduce significant expenses in the future, is to put this maintenance plan on your yearly to-do list.
A simple twice-yearly cleaning of your gutters will go a long way toward preventing problems with your roof in the future.
Do you live in Southeast Michigan? Are you interested in having your gutters, siding, windows or roof replaced? Please give us a call. We would be honored to help!