It is easy to neglect our garden and backyard during the coldest winter months. In the spring, we can do a few things to bring our outdoor spaces back to life.
Here are a few cleaning tips to prepare your outdoor living spaces for spring.
- Remove cobwebs
Fighting cobwebs outdoors can seem like a never-ending battle, and you’re likely to fall behind after the holiday season. Come back this spring and get rid of cobwebs that have accumulated in your eaves, cracks and crevices. No special tools are needed here – it’s a super simple task that only requires a rag with a long handle or even a broom.
- Cleaning windows, inside and outside
This is something that is so often overlooked, but can make a huge difference! The outside of your windows takes a big hit, even in sunny climates where the elements are mild. However, you’d be surprised how much dirt, grime and water can accumulate on your windows.
When it comes to window cleaning products, keep it simple. A non-toxic window cleaner and an old newspaper can do wonders! If you’ve never cleaned windows with newspaper before, you need to trust us. Newspaper helps the glass cleaner to wipe the crystal and remove streaks – we promise.
- Clearing the gutters of winter debris
In areas with low annual rainfall, homeowners need not worry about gutter congestion. Nevertheless, it is advisable to remove leaves, sticks and other debris that have accumulated over the winter to avoid any problems or damage to the roof.
- Organize your garage
Cleaning the garage is high on the “worst chores” list of most homeowners. But including your garage in your spring cleaning will pay dividends for much of the summer (and will also give you an extra parking space).
The first step to organizing your garage is to manage it in pieces. Divide your garage into quadrants and tackle it section by section. Create separate piles for items you will sell, give away or throw in the garbage. Be realistic and honest with yourself about which items you really need and which ones you can part with!
- Check your outdoor lighting
Scan your outdoor living space for flickering bulbs or lights that need to be replaced. Also check the lighting along major doors and outside walkways.
Spring is a great time to update your outdoor lighting so you’re ready to take advantage of the warm summer nights for outdoor fun!
- Wash outdoor furniture
If you have outdoor seats with cushions, pillows and similar accessories, it’s time to clean them. Many outdoor seating collections allow you to remove the covers and dispose of them in the washing machine and dryer.
Remove cushions and pillowcases and hose down the frames of your furniture. If you have a pressure washer, this is the best way to remove accumulated dirt and grime. Otherwise, a hose with a good nozzle will always work perfectly. Dust off your outdoor seating and you’ll be ready to enjoy the outdoors in spring and summer!
- Show some love to your fence
Wooden fences are exposed to the elements all year round, and sometimes they need a little TLC to regain their beauty. Identify loose boards or wood rot, and consider applying a new paint or perhaps a sealant. If you haven’t treated your wood fence in a few years, we recommend that you take the time to do it in the spring.
- Exterior paint touch-ups
Retouching exterior areas where paint has flaked or faded is a quick and easy task to liven up the exterior of your home. Take a tour of your home and make a list of everything that might need a new coat of paint: fences, window sills, shutters, mailboxes, doors, etc.