Keeping the outside of your home looking presentable can be just as important as looking after the inside of your home. By keeping the front of your home looking clean and tidy, you’ll improve your curb appeal and could even increase the value of your home. For those looking to give their façade a spring clean, here are a few cleaning tips that could help.
Get yourself a pressure washer
Pressure washers are great for shifting tough dirt off driveways and brickwork. If you don’t have the money to buy a pressure washer, there are plenty of companies that can allow you to hire one. It’s also possible to buy cleaning chemicals that help to shift the dirt off paving and brickwork, improving the results when pressure washing. You should avoid using pressure washers on fencing, decking or windows unless the manufacturer recommends it – some pressure washers can be so powerful that they can damage wood and glass.
Use vinegar and newspaper on windows
There are plenty of effective window cleaning products out there, but you could save money when cleaning the outside of your windows simply by using household vinegar and newspaper. Vinegar is great at shifting grime of glass due to its acidity, whilst newspaper is great for avoiding streaks. For windows that aren’t too dirty, you may want to dilute the vinegar with soapy water. For grimy windows, feel free to use straight vinegar (heating it up first can make it more effective).
Make your own gutter scoop
Gutters that haven’t been cleaned in a while are likely to be full of debris. Whilst you can hire professionals to clean your gutters, it’s possible to do this job yourself. You can buy a gutter scoop to help do this or you can make your own (an old anti-freeze jug ought to do the trick). Tough blockages may need more specialist tools.
Know when to call the pros
When it comes to cleaning top floor windows and roofing, it could be worth hiring professionals rather than risking your own safety. When it comes to getting your roof cleaned, many roofing repair companies will be willing to do this job and they’ll be able to replace any loose tiles in the process. There are also companies that can clean your exterior wall for you whether it’s brick, plaster or wood panel.
Look after your front lawn
Whilst technically not ‘cleaning’, a well-maintained lawn is essential for keeping the front of your home looking tidy. Lawns need to be regularly mowed to stop them from getting overgrown. Keeping them watered is also essential in the summer – the easiest way to do this is to buy a sprinkler, but you can always water your lawn with a hose. You can also promote growth by using fertilizer. If this is all too much upkeep, remember that there’s always the option of buying artificial grass. Some people see this as cheating, but modern artificial grass is so convincing that most people won’t be able to tell anyway.