Summer sunshine and cool evening breezes are still here, so it's time to get outside and tackle some cleaning chores. Whether you prefer relaxing by the pool or hosting a family cookout, our REALTORS® know that it's much more fun in a clean outdoor environment.
If you're like most homeowners, you know outdoor chores aren't much fun, but they're necessary if you want a beautiful, safe home. Buyers looking for Galion homes for sale are impressed by well-manicured landscaping, clean decks and patios, spotless windows, and outdoor lighting. Take a look at seven outside cleaning tricks that will make your home shine.
Maintain Your Yard and Garden
A beautiful landscape requires regular lawn mowing, tree and shrub trimming, weeding, fertilizing, and mulching. It's a lot of work, but it has a big payoff. During summer, everything grows faster, so maintaining your yard and garden is essential to prevent overgrowth and pesky mosquitoes that can quickly ruin outdoor fun.
Invest in a Pressure Washer
For minimal cost, you can buy a pressure washer to make cleaning your driveway, deck, and patio a breeze. A pressure washer uses only water but creates a powerful force that removes dirt, leaves, moss, mud, and stubborn stains. You can even pressure wash your pool, hot tub, and exterior stucco or siding to remove dirt and grime in hard-to-reach places.
Keep Your Windows Spotless
Dirty glass on windows and doors can reflect a house with poor upkeep. Dirty windows will cloud your outdoor views and make your home's interior dark and dingy since they cut down the amount of natural light coming in. Regular cleaning of window screens and glass will keep your windows looking spotless.
Clean Your Outdoor Furniture
If you enjoy relaxing on the patio and entertaining friends, ensure your outdoor furniture is clean and in good condition. First, check if tables, chairs, and loungers are stable and safe for people to sit on. Next, tackle the touch-up paint and clean the cushions. OxiClean stain remover or a pressure washer works wonders on dirty, stained outdoor upholstery and cushions.
Degrease and Clean the BBQ Grill
Outdoor grilling is a favorite summer pastime, so you better be prepared to fire up the grill for those burgers, hot dogs, and veggies. Dirty grills accumulate grease and bacteria that contaminate food and make you sick. To clean your grill, get some rubber gloves, a wire brush, and hot soapy water to remove grease and gunk from the grates. Cleaning Tip: Baking soda and citrus-based cleaners work great for greasy areas.
Sanitize Your Garbage Cans
One thing that can ruin your outdoor activities is smelly, stinky outdoor garbage cans sitting around the house. Even the most meticulous housekeepers forget about cleaning and sanitizing outdoor cans to eliminate food debris and foul odors. To prevent bacteria, food odors, and critters looking for a meal, wash and sanitize your outdoor cans with soapy water and lemon juice once a month.
Clean and Replace Outdoor Lights
Outdoor patio, porch, and landscape lights are essential for home safety and an enjoyable outdoor atmosphere. To prevent falls and provide adequate lighting for outdoor activities, keep your outdoor light fixtures clean from dirt, debris, and cobwebs and replace all burned-out bulbs, especially along walkways and stairs.
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