9 tips for updating your home’s exterior and interior this spring
Spring weather is on its way! The day is rapidly approaching when you can say goodbye to heavy sweaters and hello to spring wear!
After a long, harsh winter, you probably cannot wait for your home’s exterior to be visible once again after months of snow and ice. With inclement weather, however, comes various issues that should be addressed as part of your spring cleaning routine. While this can seem like a daunting task, a few simple updates will have your home looking beautiful until next year’s snowy season. Use these six tips to get started sprucing up your curb appeal.
A great first step is to simply clean the outside of your house. Today’s Homeowner suggests starting your renovations by power washing your home’s exterior. While this procedure is effective, it can be somewhat harsh on sensitive materials like wood, so practice caution. Kick this up a notch by adding detergent specifically made for the surface you’re hosing down, recommends the source. Power washing will get rid of any dirt leftover by snow, salt and sand plus help blast away lingering mold or mildew.
2. Check Your Roof
Rain, snow, hail and ice can take a serious toll on your roof, so it is crucial that you examine it come spring. BobVila.com explains that it is not necessary to climb up there since this can be extremely dangerous. Instead, grab a pair of binoculars and survey the damage. Look for things like popped nails, missing, cracked or shifted shingles and other imperfections. If something catches your eye, be sure to examine it further since it might be a serious problem that requires your attention.
3. Repair Gutters
Today’s Homeowner suggests repairing gutters as a priority every spring since this is when they need the most attention. Start by checking for leaks at the joints. If you find some, repair them using gutter sealant when they are completely dry. Clear out any debris that may have collected with homemade gutter scoops. The source recommends creating these by cutting down a narrow plastic jug. Simply use the scoops to dig out and discard whatever may be clogging your gutters.
4. Fix Your Windows
If you do not tend to your windows right after the winter, you risk letting hot air leak in all summer long. Bob Vila explains that you should check your weather stripping and caulking for any damage that may have occurred as a result of condensation. If you discover that the weather seal may have been compromised, you might have to replace the glass, notes the source. Additionally, clean your windows with a store-bought spray and a soft cloth. If you left your screens on during the winter, make sure to remove those and clean them thoroughly as well.
5. Take Inventory of Outdoor Appliances
It is a good idea to evaluate the condition of all your outdoor accessories and appliances come spring, especially if you left any of them outside during the winter. Before firing up the grill, make sure to thoroughly clean it and check to see that it is working correctly. Give your outdoor fans a test run as well. Be sure to scrub down patio furniture, paying special attention to any mold, mildew or rust that may have developed.
6. Clean Your Deck
If your home has a wood deck, it is a good idea to wash it once winter is over. Today’s Homeowner notes that wood can sustain lots of damage from harsh weather, so it is crucial that you wash this material properly. Purchase a deck cleaner and apply it using a pump-up sprayer.
Spring is often seen as a season of renewal and fresh beginnings. As such, it is the time when many people get to work doing deep cleaning in their living space to get rid of winter’s germs and dust. As you refresh your home, follow these tips to streamline your cleaning, allowing you to return to relaxation that much sooner.
7. Helping Humidifiers Trap the Dust and Allergens
Humidifiers release water vapor into the air, making it easier to breathe and helping to relieve those spring allergies, according to Healthline. They can also play a role in trapping dust. Water molecules are heavy and will weigh down any drifting airborne debris.
While this is not a permanent cleaning solution, it can make sweeping and vacuuming more effective. A humidifier can release a lot of moisture into the air and pull floating dust down to the floor for easy cleaning. As always, be sure to clean your humidifier after use.
8. Using Fans to Shoo Away the Dust
As spring progresses, opening the windows will become a good idea. Breaking the seal of those winter months and letting fresh air in is one of the best feelings of spring. However, windows are also an effective way to let stale and dust-ridden air out. Using a window fan is one of the best ways to exhaust stale winter air, and on a warm enough day, intake fresh air into your home.
A fan well positioned near the window can help get rid of any lingering airborne particles that the humidifier missed. Of course, you can’t run both together – your humidifier wasn’t built to increase the moisture of the whole planet! Once stage one is complete, open the windows and turn on the fan for stage two. Choose a fan model that stands far off the ground to avoid stirring up any of the debris brought down by the humidifier.
Pedestal fans can typically be adjusted to stand several feet off the floor. While their heads can oscillate to fully cover a room, in this case, they are best pointed toward the window to vent stale, dusty air out.
9. Turning On Air Purifiers to Keep the House Clean
Once you’ve exhausted yourself cleaning, you want to make sure your home stays dust-free for as long as possible. An air purifier can help prolong the cleanliness of your living space. Each one of our purifiers comes equipped with a high-efficiency filter to help reduce the dust levels in your room.
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