Deep Cleaning Your Home Exterior and Yard
There are some types of regular cleaning and maintenance that will help your home look better, maintain its value, and help you create the restful environment that you deserve at home. Your best bet is to always check your manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you’re not doing anything to harm your items.
- Pressure Wash Home Exterior, Decks and Patios – You can rent a good pressure washer from a store like Home Depot to clean your home’s exterior, desks, and patios, or look for a local rental supply company. It’s not hard to do; just follow the instructions with the pressure washer and be aware of the types of sealants you have on your surfaces so you don’t damage anything.
- Clean/Vacuum Out AC Unit – Your AC has evaporator coils that help to release captured heat as well as help dehumidification of your home and the AC unit itself. Dust, pollen and other particles can get inside these coils, reducing the effectiveness of your unit. These need to be cleaned about every three months. In addition, you need to replace your AC filter every month to 90 days depending on the type you purchase. Also, when you clean the floor and area where your AC air exchange is located, take the time to vacuum it off.
- Clean Gutters – Most homes have gutters surrounding the edge of the house to help water runoff. These gutters often get clogged with leaves, dead animals, and other debris. On a seasonal basis, inspect the gutters and clean them as needed. Ensure that you have the right tools to do it safely, or outsource this task.
- Get Rid of Debris – Sticks, limbs, dead leaves and other debris will often be strewn around the yard due to wind, storms, and animals. Simply picking up this debris will make your yard and home look a lot more well-kept and manicured.
- Prune Plants – Depending upon the plants and following your own seasons, regularly prune plants and trees to ensure that you’ll have fewer issues with random debris floating around during storms and high wind days.
- Touch Up Chipped Paint – On a yearly basis during the driest time of the year, if there is chipped paint on the exterior of your home, it’s a good time to touch it up. You don’t have to repaint everything. Instead, you can get a paint match at a paint store from a chip of paint, then use that to repair the area. Sand it down, prime it, and repaint.
- Reseal Wood Surfaces Like Decks, Arbors, Etc. – Depending on the type of sealant that was put on these surfaces the first time, you will eventually have to redo it. The best thing to do is to buy the type of sealant you like and follow their directions to ensure that you do it correctly.
- Wash Screens – Sometimes it’s easy to forget to clean screens on the windows and the house. But, they do catch a lot of debris such as pollen, dust, bugs and other things. Clean the screens at least yearly, during a time you know it will be dry outside. The best way to clean a screen is to remove it, then vacuum off using the soft brush attachment. You can also use mild soapy water and a soft brush to scrub off harder to get dirt.
When you keep up with these chores on a regular basis, spreading them out to make it easier, you’ll be so happy with the results. You’ll feel good about your home, and believe it or not – you’ll discover time you didn’t know you had because of the organization you’re bringing to your life.