It’s finally time! As we thaw from the long, cold winter season, it is time to plan how to get back outside and prepare our outdoor spaces for the warmer months. Viridis Cleaning offers various cleaning services and wants to share our experiences and thoughts about things you consider adding to your outdoor spring cleaning checklist.
Outdoor spring cleaning is about more than planting fresh flowers and breaking out the grill and patio furniture. We want to share our top 10 things everyone should include in their outdoor spring cleaning checklist.
Where to start with our outdoor spring cleaning checklist?
- Inspect Walls, Driveways and Walkways
- Wash Your Home’s Exterior
- Sweep and Wash Patios
- Wash Your Windows and Doors
- Touch up paint
- Clean out Gutters and Downspouts
- Wash Patio Furniture
- Clean and Place Fabric Decorations
- Clean Light Fixtures and Replace Light Bulbs
- Clean and Maintain Grill
Checking all these spring cleaning chores off will make sure your home is well decorated, fresh and ready for any outdoor activities you could plan in the warm months to come.
Inspect Walls, Driveways and Walkways
Winter can be rough on any part of our homes. It is important before anything else to do a thorough inspection for any damage caused during the cold months. Look for any signs of cracking or structural damage to ensure the safety and longevity of your concrete areas. While these may be small now, structural damage left unattended can result in major costly repairs in the future.
Wash Your Home’s Exterior
After inspecting your home, it is important to wash the exterior to remove any debris or stains left from salt or winter precipitation. Ideally, a power washer is the best option for most home exteriors, but a simple garden hose can suffice in hosing down the areas is an option as well. Pay special attention to any discoloured areas to prevent long-term effects.
Sweep and Wash Patios
Patios often provide great memories for individuals or families from relaxing in the sun with a good book or playing outdoors with young ones. Giving these areas special treatment after exposure to long winter months will make sure they are ready for increased usage to come. Sweeping away all debris and washing them will prevent damage from chemicals and debris much like your home’s exterior.
Wash Your Windows and Doors
While window cleaning on a regular weekly task in most household cleaning, cleaning the outside of exterior windows can be commonly overlooked. Take the time to give the outside of your windows and doors some extra care to remove any blemishes or debris picked up over winter.
Cleaning the tracks or areas between windows is another aspect not commonly cleaned. Wipe away all debris from these areas in order to remove dust or allergens that could be allowed in your home as we welcome fresh spring air.
Touch Up Paint
After we clean our doors, patios and home exterior, we should reinspect for any damaged paint. Paint often protects our wooden structures from exposure to the elements preventing damage. Checking and touching up any areas where paint has been damaged will keep your home and our patios safe from the elements and ready to be enjoyed for years to come.
Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts protect our homes from foundation damage by directing water safely away. Take time to make sure all gutters are clear of dead leaves or other debris from gutters so they can work as efficiently as possible. Inspect downspouts for any damage or cracks will checking your home’s foundation in areas around for water damage.
Wash Patio Furniture
As we uncover our patio furniture from winter storage, washing and maintaining these items will ensure they are ready for use. It would be best if you touched up any paint while washing these items to keep them protected much like your patio.
Clean and Place Fabric Decorations
Decorating the outside of your home can be a challenging thing. An easy way to change up outdoor furniture’s look is with the addition of fabric cushions or covers. Whether you are taking old decorations out of storage or placing newly purchased decorations, make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and maintained.
Replace Outdoor Light Bulbs and Clean Fixtures
Outdoor light fixtures can go unnoticed until they do not work properly when needed. By adding this step to your outdoor spring cleaning checklist, you will make sure the lights are always working and ready for when you need them. Clean any glass covers or decorative outdoor fixtures while checking the bulbs for functionality.
Clean and Maintain Grill
Outdoor grilling is a popular activity for most families. Thoroughly cleaning and maintaining your grill will make sure it is ready for all the burgers and steaks your family could desire. Clean the exterior and interior of your grill while checking for any rust or damage caused during the winter.
Make sure the grill grate is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for any food your family could think about eating. Checking for damage is important for the safety of your family. A faulty grill could result in serious injury or property damage. Replace propane tanks to prepare for the upcoming year. While replacing these, check the gas lines for any cracks or damage which could result in accidents. Replace any parts or fix the damages immediately before using your outdoor grill.
We hope these outdoor spring cleaning tips from this checklist will help your family enjoy the outdoor activities of the spring and summer months to come. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.
Viridis Cleaning is happy to provide our customers with clean and fresh homes throughout the year. If you are curious about the freshness a deeper clean provides, or you need a team of cleaning professionals that can meet your standard of cleaning, then we would love to hear from you! See our lineup of cleaning services or contact us today so that you can discover these unexpected benefits for yourself.