Hooray for winter coming to an end and the first day of spring just days away! There’s nothing like springtime in the Heartland – all of the trees and flowers start to bloom, the grass returns to its green lush color, and the birds are chirping.
Spring is a time when homeowners refresh their homes and implement a spring cleaning routine to help their homes feel fresh after the cold, long winter we just had. If you’re not sure where to start for your spring cleaning routine, continue reading for an interior and exterior spring cleaning guide so your home can sparkle from the inside out.
Regardless of the size of your home, there are many different rooms to clean from the bedrooms to the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Each room should be cleaned and disinfected for them to feel refreshed – below is how to clean each area of each room in your home.
Your weekly cleaning routine probably involves light vacuuming and mopping, however, when you give your home a deep clean this spring, take cleaning your floors to the next level. Rather than vacuuming or sweeping around furniture and objects, clean the floors under them and move everything around to get the entire floor clean. It’s also a great time to clean the baseboards in your home and the cracks in between the floors and baseboards. Follow up vacuuming or sweeping with a thorough mopping session until the mop pad or water in your bucket is clean.
Surfaces inside of our homes see a lot of traffic. From countertops where we prepare meals to coffee tables where we’re constantly placing things on top, they can get dusty and messy. Clean the surfaces in your home by removing any stains or residue and removing any dust. It’s amazing how dusty the surfaces in our homes can get in a matter of weeks, so giving them a deep clean this spring will help disinfect them and help them shine.
Just like the surfaces in our homes need to be dusted, cleaned, and polished, fixtures in our homes need to be cleaned as well. It’s easy to forget about cleaning the light fixtures and ceiling fans in our homes but they need to be cleaned just as much as other areas in the home. Most light fixture globes can be cleaned by a good soaking in warm water with a few drops of dish soap. Be sure to wipe down the light bulbs and other parts of the fixture as well. Be careful cleaning the ceiling fans and light fixtures that are higher up since the use of a ladder is often required.
Many other things can be deep cleaned in your home this spring. Deep clean and disinfect the following: doorknobs, light switches, pantry, refrigerators, and other appliances, and artwork and pictures that hang on the walls.
Your home’s siding undergoes a lot being exposed to the elements. From heavy downpours to ice storms and humidity, the siding of our homes can get dirty easily. Whether your home’s siding is vinyl, brick, or stucco, it needs a good clean at least once or twice a year. Depending on your home’s siding material, it could use a good pressure washing to remove dirt and debris. Be sure to do plenty of research before you attempt pressure washing. You don’t want to damage the siding or injure yourself.
Walkways & Patios
Our walkways and patios get a lot of foot traffic from family members walking in and out of the home to delivery drivers dropping off packages. They can get dirty easily, especially if there’s dirt or mud nearby that gets tracked on the concrete. Most walkways and patios can be cleaned by pressure washing and using a non-abrasive cleaner. You’ll remove dirt and grime and your walkway, patio, or deck will be a few shades lighter.
Some homeowners forget to clean their half-round gutter systems, however, Cleaning your half-round gutters often is key when it comes to their efficacy at protecting the home against drainage issues. Failure to clean the gutter system can result in severe and costly damage to your home including the following: structural damage including foundation damage, rotted soffit and fascia boards, warped and damaged roof shingles, leaks, etc. Not cleaning gutters leads to clogs which can force water to undesirable locations rather than draining away from the roof and the home.
To thoroughly clean your gutters, follow our detailed gutter cleaning guide. It’s recommended that you clean that at least 2 to 4 times per year. Half-round and sectional gutter systems clog easily, therefore you’ll want to ensure you remove debris often to avoid extensive damage.
Following the steps above will give you a fresher and cleaner home this spring. Don’t forget to clean those half-round gutters – we truly can’t stress the importance of cleaning them enough!
If you’re tired of cleaning your gutters multiple times per year then consider making the switch to K-Guard. The K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System is a complete system that has multiple parts that work together to keep leaves and all debris out while having a much larger capacity for precipitation to flow through at a rapid pace. Eliminating the possibility for leaves and debris to enter the K-Guard System eliminates your need to clean them forever!
Contact our team today or call (913) 380-1616 to schedule your free estimate. We’ll examine your current gutter system and will offer an assessment as well as our recommendations for installing the K-Guard System on your home. We offer our gutter installation service to homeowners across both Missouri and Kansas including, but not limited to, the following locations: Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka, Olathe, Shawnee, Independence, Lenexa, and Lee’s Summit.