10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

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10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning is more than merely cleaning every nook and cranny inside your house. It’s also about making you home ready to invite friends over, fire up the grill, and have some warm weather fun.

That’s certainly the way Anna Moseley thinks about it. She’s the creative mind behind Ask Anna, where she answers your questions about cleaning and organizing. We asked her for her top ten spring cleaning tips. She focused on outdoor spring cleaning tips, with advice on how to clean the garage floor, the barbecue grill and more.

 

This year I wanted to take a slightly different approach to spring cleaning and get the outside of the house looking spiffy for our friends and family get-togethers. The first thing you notice when you drive up to someones house is the outside. Is the garage door dirty, are the windows cloudy, are there cobwebs hanging in the eves? Not for long, because today I’m going to show you how to clean all those and more so that your house will make a great impression on all your guests!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 1

The Garage Door

You’ve probably never really thought about cleaning the garage door, but I guarantee you it’s dirty!

Luckily it’s a very easy thing to clean, here’s what you need:

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Washing the garage door

Pour a small amount of dish soap in the bucket, then fill it up with water from the hose.

Get the rag wet, then wash the garage door with it, just like you would a car.

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Get the kids involved in cleaning the garage door

You can also get your kids involved with this spring cleaning task; our daughter loved helping us wash the garage door!

 10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Use a pressure washing on the garage door

After you’ve wiped the entire garage door down with soapy water, spray it off with the pressure washer.

Wash the trim around the door also to give it an extra clean look! Be careful with the setting on the pressure water since too focused of water pressure will cut through wood, brick, concrete and other materials.

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 2

Cob Webs 

During the winter months you probably haven’t spent much time outside looking under your eves, and while you weren’t looking those pesky spiders came and made your home their own. To get rid of them all you need is a Webster Cobweb Poly-Fiber Duster with a telescopic pole.

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning away cob webs

Walk around the outside of your home and capture any webs you find with the Webster.

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the cob web cleaner

To clean the cobwebs off the Webster, simply roll it around on the lawn or a bush. This is a simple trick, but it works great for getting the sticky webs off!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 3

Windows

After a season of rain and snow the windows on your house will look dingy and dirty. When the sun comes out you don’t want to be looking out at water spots, you want to be able to enjoy the view! A quick and easy way to wash your windows is with the SteamMachine. Here’s what you’ll need:

Fill the SteamMachine with water, and let it sit until the water is hot.

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Steam cleaning windows

Using the squeegee attachment, steam the window in an upward motion.

 10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Steam cleaning windows

After you have moved up the window with the steam, squeegee the window on the way back down.

You’ll be amazed at the gunk the steam gets off the window! Use a clean rag to wipe excess water and dirt off the bottom of the window. This is a quick and easy way to wash all your exterior windows, and it gives you professional results!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 4

Trash Cans

Have you ever walked up to someone’s house and been offended by the smell of trash? I know I have, and it’s gross! We store our trash cans on the front of our house, so I’m always worried someone will smell our trash when they come over. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to wash out your trash cans and get them smelling fresh!

First, make sure there is no trash in each of the cans.

 10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the trash cans

Then pour a little dish soap in each of the cans. Lie them on their sides, and use a pressure washer to wash them out.

 10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Eliminating trash can odor

After each of them has been cleaned, dry the inside of the lid, and stick a Natural Magic Pure Sky Scent Garbage Odor Eliminator to the underside of the lid.

10 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Eliminating trash can odor

Now your trash cans are clean, and the odor eliminators will keep them smelling fresh for up to six months!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 5

The Garage

We love to play in our front yard and a lot of times we have our garage door up. Having our garage exposed can be embarrassing if we don’t do some spring cleaning in there too!

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the garage

Start by taking everything out of the garage, then it’s ready for dusting and sweeping.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Vacuuming window sills in the garage

Personally I don’t like to dust so I use the Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum and let it do all the work for me.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the workbench

Make sure you dust off workbenches, window sills and all the other nooks and crannies in the garage. If you come across any cobwebs, use the Webster to take them down.

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 6

The Garage Floor

Cleaning the garage floor is very important because it constantly gets tracked with dirt and everything else on your car tires. Since the garage has already been cleared out for dusting this is the perfect opportunity to clean the floor. Start by sweeping the floor and throwing away all the dust and dirt. Next let’s clean the garage floor, here’s what you’ll need:

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the garage floor

Sprinkle CreteClean over the garage floor then sprinkle with a small amount of water to “activate” its molecules.

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the garage floor

Let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub it with a stiff bristled brush. After scrubbing the garage floor, let it sit for another five minutes. When five minutes has expired, rinse the garage floor with the pressure washer.

Now your garage floor will be nice and clean and ready to show off! You can also use CreteClean Concrete Cleaner to clean your driveway, sidewalks and even your front porch!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 7

Organizing Storage, Toys and More

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Organizing storage, toys and more

The thing that makes garages look dirty, more than anything else, is clutter. To make your garage look clean, organize seasonal totes, toys and sporting equipment. The previous owners of our home installed lots of shelving in our garage but ever since we’ve moved in it has been cluttered with our sporting equipment, toys and more!

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Organizing storage, toys and more

 To clean up our garage I purchased a Racor All-Board Storage Rack and a Racor 2-Bike Folding Rack.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Garage storage and organization

By organizing the kids’ toys, the shelves, the tools, and getting our bikes and boards off the ground, our garage is much cleaner and looks even bigger!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 8

The Front Porch

Another important place your guests will see is the front porch. For most people, the front porch is the first impression they get of your home, so it’s definitely not an area you want to ignore! There are lots of pieces that make up the front porch: lights, front door, windows, threshold steps and possibly even more. Luckily, even though there are a lot of things to clean, they are all easy to clean.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: The front porch

Start by removing the light fixture. Empty the dead bugs into the trash, and wash the glass bulb in the sink with dish soap and water. Dry it off and secure it back in place.

Next sweep the front porch. It’s important to sweep before doing anything else to get rid of the dust because if you sweep last, you’ll be getting things dirty that you already cleaned!

Luckily if your porch has windows you would have already cleaned them with the HomeRight SteamMachine, so we can skip that step. The next thing to clean is the front door.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: The front porch

Dampen a clean rag and wipe down your front door. Next use the same rag to wipe down the threshold.

By cleaning the patio and the threshold you’ll keep dirt from getting tracked into your clean home. If you have any decorations on the front porch wipe them down as well.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: The front porch

Tidy up and add fresh flowers to make your front porch inviting and a perfect first impression for your guests.

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 9

The Barbecue Grill

One of the most important things about having guests over is food. People always have a good time if there are drinks and food being served! After a long winter break the barbecue grill is probably a little crusty and in need of a good cleaning. A seasoned grill is a good thing, but a dusty and dirty grill is just gross. For an easy way to clean your barbecue grill use the Grill Daddy Pro Grill Cleaning Tool.

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the barbecue grill

Use the grill cleaning tool according to the directions. Start by heating up the grill and scraping off the food that’s crusted to the grates.

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning the barbecue grill

Then turn the brush over and turn the valve on to release the water. The cleaning tool uses steam to clean off tough grease and dirt. With minimal scrubbing your grill will be ready for serving in no time!

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tip No. 10

Patio Furniture

When your guests arrive you’ll want to make sure they have a clean place to sit and relax. Cleaning your patio furniture is the last thing we need to do to have the outside of your home fully prepared for spring! To clean the patio furniture here’s what you’ll need:

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning patio furniture

Remove the cushions and vacuum up any pet hair, leaves, etc.

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning patio furniture

Next clean the cushions by vacuuming them with the Shark cordless vacuum. After vacuuming the cushions, vacuum any pillows you have on your patio furniture to get any dust and pollen out of their stuffing. After you’ve cleaned the cushions, set them aside.

 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning patio furniture

Fill the spray bottle with warm water and add ½ teaspoon of dish soap. By adding the soap second you’ll avoid having bubbles overflow the bottle. Lightly shake the spray bottle to mix the soap and water.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips: Cleaning patio furniture

Spray the patio furniture with the soap and water mixture and then wipe it with a clean rag, removing dust, pollen, etc.

After you’ve finished washing all the furniture, dampen the second clean rag and wipe all of them down to remove any leftover soap residue. Replace the cushions and pillows, and you’re patio furniture will look good as new!

We’ve done a lot of cleaning but now your home is ready for spring and a season of outdoor parties!

Check out The Home Depot’s online Cleaning Supplies page for everything you need for your spring cleaning. And take a look at more spring cleaning tips here on The Home Depot Blog. 

Anna received a Home Depot gift card, but the ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

 

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  1. Angela says:

    Great tips!There are always a nook in the back yard that stays uncleaned. I will follow these cleaning tips for sure and I will include my two kids in the cleaning process.Regards!

  2. linda says:

    greattt tips I luv spring cleaning of its always seem to take me all day with them tips it will only take me an hr or two I would like some tips on how to start a garden n my yard its all dirt thanks

  3. [...] Spring cleaning is more than merely cleaning every nook and cranny inside your house. It’s also about making you home ready to invite friends over, fire up the grill, and have some warm weather fun. That’s certainly the way Anna Moseley thinks about it. She’s the creative mind behind Ask Anna, where she answers your [...]See all stories on this topic [...]

  4. One more thing you should think about: waterproofing the open areas and roof. In my opinion, US will be getting much more snow accompanied by rainy weather in the future, therefore waterproofing will become a necessity; especially for houses with a lot of wood work.

    Regards.

  5. I saw on emergency ER. Last week where using a wire brush on grill is not good. The wires come out some times and sticks to the side of the grill grade and then will stick to food causing someone to possibly swallow it. They recommend using a stone or oven cleaner for racks. The wire brush causes your insides to hold together when it pushes threw one tube into another one and the man almost died. They said at their hospital they see at least 4-5 every year and it can kill people. He was in the hospital for 3 weeks cause he had a bad infection with it. I love everything else thank you

  6. Kelly says:

    Love these tips, definitely need to get to work on my house! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thistle says:

    What a great article! Love all the tips….especially the trash can idea!

    Thanks!
    karianne

  8. Vanessa says:

    Great tips Anna!! I totally agree that this is a great time to get the outside spruced up so that it’s all ready to go when summer rolls around and you can just sit back and enjoy!

  9. So many great tips! I need to get to work!