Spring Cleaning on the Outside of Your Home
Much has been made of the tradition of spring cleaning. The weather is nice, everyone’s feeling more motivated, it’s a good time to get some tidying done! And while it isn’t hard to find spring cleaning tips for the inside of your home – such as here on this very blog – there’s a whole other side to your house people don’t think about as often: the outside!
Most manufactured homes have vinyl siding. While vinyl siding has a number of benefits, it does need to be cleaned just like any other housing material, and there are a few steps you can take and materials to use to make it a little easier for you.
The first step (after you clear off all obstructions and exterior decorations – sorry, hanging lamps, but you’re just in the way now!) is to scrub the worst areas before applying a hose. If you have any kind of scrubbing brush on a pole (to get those hard-to-reach areas) you’ll want to use those first. A simple mixture of white vinegar and water – one cup of vinegar per gallon of water – will work for most anything you have on the outside of your home, but for mold or tougher stains you may want to employ something a bit stronger like Simple Green or Moldex. If the outside of your home is a brighter color or you want something tougher than vinegar, bleach could work as well – just make sure to not get any on your clothes!
After the vinegar and water treatment, all you have to do now is hose it off! To avoid damaging the siding on your home we recommend avoiding using a power washer. A standard hose using a cone-shaped spray will suffice to wash the cleaning solution off and prevent harm to the vinyl.
From there you can move on to the front doors and deck! These can be handled with a simple mix of water and laundry detergent (feel free to add bleach if heavy stains are present), a good scrubbing, and a hose to rinse it off.
If you’re done with all that and you’re still feeling motivated, then you could always do external lights and windows! Make sure you remove any bulbs from the lights and ensure the lights are turned off before trying to clean any light fixtures. Depending on what they’re made out of, you could use anything ranging from soap and water to brass polish to a rag with vinegar. Same goes for the windows – if you’re feeling adventurous you can use glass cleaner, but the same soap and water mixture should serve you well here.
You should now be all set! You’ve gotten winter’s grime cleaned off the side of your home, and we’re sure it looks just as nice (or nicer) than it did the day it left the factory! Now all you have to worry about is cleaning the inside…