Sweep and wash the floor. Once everything is out of the garage that isn’t anchored down and you’ve cleaned up the oil stains, it’s time to sweep up the dirt and debris. After you’ve swept, wash the garage floor using something like a pressure washer, floor buffer or a simple deck brush with short, stiff bristles. Whichever way you choose, make sure you’ve covered up outlets that could get wet and removed anything that could get destroyed by the water.
Clean the walls. We’re sure cleaning the walls of your garage isn’t exactly how you want to spend your weekend. So if you do plan to clean the walls, put your attention on areas where mold might be growing. Get rid of the mold by mixing water and oxygen bleach. Then, wearing rubber gloves and a protective face mask, scrub the mold away with a scrub brush. Once you’ve gotten rid of the mold, get a bucket of hot water and a new sponge to wipe down the walls.
Purge items you don’t need. See all those belongings in your driveway? Chances are there are a number of items hidden in there that you don’t ever use. Start sorting into four piles — keep, donate, throw out and sell. Once you’ve gotten rid of the junk and clutter, you’ll have more room to store things you actually use!
Organize. Now that you’ve cleaned your garage — keep it that way by organizing! Separate sports equipment, seasonal decorations, tools, winter stuff and other categories. Use wall hooks, shelves, clear containers and other techniques to keep each category in its dedicated space.
Cleaning the Deck/Patio
Unless you live in warm climates, the winter likely kept you from enjoying your deck and/or patio for a few months. No worries — with these tips you’ll be back to enjoying these spaces in no time.
Furniture refresh. Whether or not you stored your outdoor furniture, you’ll want to give it a good scrubbing. Use hot, soapy water and spray it off with a hose. Brush off cushions and spray those with a hose as well. No one enjoys sitting on filthy furniture!
Prepare the grill. You’ve been dreaming of firing up your grill all winter long — but before you get out the lighter fluid take some time to clean it up. Even if you cleaned it before storing it away for the winter, give it another look over, wipe it clean and make sure all of the connections are in proper working order.
Fix up the flooring. Sure, your deck or patio are tough enough to withstand all types of weather, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need some upkeep every season. For wooden decks, check that the wood isn’t rotting or decaying and make sure your railings are tight. After sweeping, scrub the wood with the proper cleaning solution and re-stain the deck if necessary.
If you have a concrete patio, sweep it off and spray it down with a pressure washer or wash it clean with a brush. Make sure to look for any cracks or chips that might need repairing so you can avoid a costlier repair later on.
Outdoor lighting. Replace old lightbulbs and clean off the dust and debris, like bird nests, from fixtures. Check to see that the fixtures are working correctly and are properly mounted.
Cleaning up the Lawn
The snow has officially melted, the ground is thawing and your lawn is begging for some love. Follow these simple ways to spruce it up:
Get out the rakes. The weight of the snow on grass all winter flattens it and gives it a dreary look. Bring your lawn back to life by gently raking and removing dead grass. This is also a good time to pick up any litter, sticks or lingering leaves that fell during the winter.
Feed it some nutrients. Treat your lawn to some fertilizer for a much needed boost of nutrients. This will help it grow strong during the spring and summer.
Welcome back the sprinkler. It’s time to get that grass growing! Check your sprinkler system to ensure it’s in good condition and doesn’t need any repairs or new parts.
Cleaning Other Exterior Areas
Now that you’ve finished cleaning the key areas of your exterior, consider adding these other tasks and watch your home transform:
- Check your fences and gates
- Weed and mulch the garden
- Re-pave your driveway
- Wash your garage door
- Clean out garbage cans
After you’ve knocked off everything on your outdoor spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to sit back, relax and start making plans for all the fun things you’ll do this summer!