Keeping your home clean is an ongoing task, and with everything inside that needs regular attention, you are probably one of the many homeowners who neglect the exterior. You may believe that the cleanliness of your home isn’t important, but if certain things are left unattended for too long, you could end up with a few extra problems on your hands, inside and out.
Just think about what would happen if your down pipes clog during the rainy season, or you need to sell your home at short notice. As such, all areas of your home should be properly looked after. Knowing this, the next time you clean your house, be sure to step out the front door and keep these home exterior cleaning ideas in mind.
Make a Plan
Before you start, make a plan. This is probably the most important house cleaning tip. If you make a schedule planning what needs to be done, and when you will do each task, cleaning will go a lot more smoothly. Simply write it down on a piece of paper and put it somewhere where everyone involved can see it clearly.
Inspect your roof regularly
One of the simplest things that you can do outside is hopping on a ladder and inspect your roof for any damage, missing tiles or potential dangers. With the size of some hailstones during previous storms, you could easily have a few broken or missing tiles on your roof,which, in turn, would mean that your ceiling could soon spring a leak.
De-leaf your downpipes
Gutters, drains, and down pipes are important for preventing serious water damage to your property, so if you’d like to keep the wetness on the outside during a storm, then be sure to remove any debris on aregular basis leading up to the summer months. And if there are any difficult-to-reach areas on your roof, use a hosepipe or high-pressure cleaner to loosen and remove leaves.
Wash your windows
It’s never pleasant looking out of a dirty window, so whenever you clean the inside glass, be sure to give the exterior awash as well with a warm water and vinegar solution and a squeegee. Clean windows also make a much better impression on potential buyers.
Revive your face brick
If your home’s exterior is face brick, you will know that it can get quite dirty very quickly due to the roughness of the bricks. While you may not notice the dirt on face brick, it’s still a good idea to give all the walls a clean once in a while to remove any dirt, stains and unwanted critters.
Using a microfiber cloth, make your way around the room, dusting all surfaces. Make the bed. Thereafter, starting at the end of the room farthest away from the door, work your way out of the room with the vacuum cleaner. If you don’t have or comfortable using cleaning items,call a house cleaning company in your area and they can sort out your problem.
For wooden and glass surfaces, a clean microfiber cloth [you will need several for your cleaning endeavors] and wood polish and glass cleaner respectively are your best friends-do not bother with time-consuming wiping and polishing. Again, to end, work your way out of the door with the vacuum cleaner.
Repeat the ‘clean sweep’ technique, placing all dirty dishes in the dishwasher or sink, and food and clean dishes in cupboards. If you have a number of appliances and other items that ‘live’ on the countertops, place all of these on the dining table to clear surfaces for cleaning. Do a quick scan of all surfaces, noting dried spillages and other difficult to remove gunk, and pre-treat such by spraying with high power chemical cleaner.
Spritz the sink, vanity cabinet, shower and bathtub with an all-purpose cleaner. Gather up dirty towels and bath mats and put them in the laundry. With a plastic grocery bag in tow, empty the bin and pick up the empty toilet paper rolls that always seem to find their way to the back of the toilet. Return to the toilet, giving it a good scrub with a toilet brush and then flushing. Lastly, make your way towards the door with the damp microfiber mop.
Clean From Top To Bottom
You should also always clean from top tobottom. By doing so, you won’t have to worry about shaking down any dirt and dust onto any surfaces that you have already taken care off. Hence, always end your cleaning routine with a cleanup of your floors instead of the other way around.
Use Versatile Items
These versatile items are especially useful for buffing surfaces; such as windows, mirrors, and granite countertops, and you will also be doing your part for the environment by reducing the usage of paper towels. You can also save money by buying microfiber clothes from the automotive section of your local supermarket instead of buying them from the cleaning section.
Use Plastic Pan Scrappers
You can also use plastic pan scrappers in order to lift any tough to remove messes off your floors. They are great for cleaning as well as their ability to easily get into tight spaces, such as corners. They also work well for removing crumbs and dirt from countertops and you can use them to sweep dusty stairs with ease.
Furthermore, we would highly recommend that you corral your cords. Since electrical cords tend to attract dust bunnies, you should put them up so that they don’t touch the floor or you can zip-tie them together. That way, you won’t have to worry about them accumulating dust as you go about your daily chores.
In addition, if you find tossing things into bins to be cumbersome or difficult for whatever reason then you can opt to use hooks instead. Some people simply prefer to hang things up then toss them into bins or closets and that’s totally fine.
Hold Your Broom Properly
You should always hold the broom like you would a canoe paddle. In other words, hold it so that one hand is firmly holding onto the middle of the handle while the other is placed firmly on the apex. In order to maximize sweeping efficiency, you should always push your hands in opposite directions. You should also sweep from the outside in so that you don’t miss any dirt, and dirt should also be pushed towards the center of the room so that it ca n be easy to remove afterward.
Set Your Broom Upside Down
In addition, if you want to maximize the longevity of your brooms you should always set them upside down so that they are easier to find and to ensure that the bristles are protected. Also, if you are concerned about annoying dust bunnies you should select a dustpan that has a rubber edge.
Soundtrack For Your Cleaning
Last, but not least, get a soundtrack for your cleaning. Some lively dance music that will get you motivated is great for speeding up your work and keeping spirits high. You can make house-cleaning fun if you have the right attitude.
So, good luck with your house cleaning!Let’s hope that by having followed these simple cleaning tips and ideas your work will be a lot smoother and your house a lot cleaner.