With the outdoor spaces around your home consistently exposed to the elements, you might have a tougher time keeping them spotless. Wind can blow dust and debris into every nook surrounding your home, rain can leave unsightly marks on certain surfaces, and it goes without saying that fall creates havoc with leaves and tree branches!
Not to worry: We’re here to help you have an easier time cleaning the outdoor areas of your home!
- Start from the top. As is the rule inside your home, you should also clean your outdoor areas from top to bottom. Take a ladder and check your roof for any debris. You’re likeYou’re likely to find plenty of leaves and sticks. Remove leaves with a leaf blower and use a low-pressure washer to remove other debris. You may not want to use high-pressure water to clean your roof without professional assistance, as this could damage your shingles or tiles.
- As well as cleaning scattered debris laying on your roof, it is crucial to keep your gutters in order. Grab a trowel, put on some gloves, and remove any material inside your gutter. Then, rinse them out with a hose. Be sure to start at the opposite end to the downspout!
- Clean your siding. If you have vinyl cladding, this is easy to clean with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Simply use a low-pressure washer to prepare the surface, before applying your cleaning mixture and removing dirt with a soft-bristled brush.
- Here are two handy tips for cleaning your siding: Cover any plants, flowers or ornaments that you wish to keep away from your cleaning products. Also, it is recommended to clean your siding from bottom to top in order to avoid streak marks.
- Don’t forget your windows. These can usually be cleaned with your regular dish soap, followed by a soft brush and a wipe with a glass-cleaning product to dry them down.
- Look out for the little things. You will quite rightly place plenty of focus onto the outdoor areas of your house - but what about the rest of your yard? Check your outdoor chairs and their cushions for any areas that need cleaning with a vacuum or sponge. If needed, remove your cushion covers and wash them according to their instructions. Check any light fixtures for signs of dust or dirt.
- Retouch your outdoor furniture. Do you have any wrought iron, aluminum, or wicker furniture? Give them a quick once-over with a hose and brush before applying a new layer of paint or sealant, if necessary.
- Take a pressure washer to hard surfaces. Your patio and driveway might need a little extra love if they haven’t been washed for a while. Get a high-pressure jet washer and spray the grime away from these hard, outdoor surfaces.
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with outdoor kitchen cabinet retailer, Werever.