Spring Cleaning: The Coronavirus Edition

Take advantage of your extra time at home to tackle these cleaning jobs — indoors and outdoors.

Chances are you — and the rest of your family — are spending A LOT of time at home these days, which makes it all the more important to clean and disinfect your home to stave off not only the coronavirus, but other germs as well. 

In addition, it’s super important at a time like this to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine (at a safe distance from others, of course)! While you’re at it, here’s a list of outdoor tasks to clean and maintain your home’s exterior as well:

Deck Checklist

  • Clean plastic patio furniture with a non-toxic cleaner, or use shaving cream. Apply liberally and let the cleaner set for a few minutes before scrubbing.
  • If you have potted plants or planters on a wooden deck, slip “feet” under them. This creates a barrier between the wood and potted plant that helps prevent damage to your deck.
  • Get your deck into shape by cleaning with a pressure washer. Fix loose nails or split wood and give the deck a fresh coat of stain or sealant.

Landscaping Checklist

  • Try planting plants that are native to your area. Not only do they grow well in your climate, they are also low-maintenance, require less water, and save you money.
  • If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it is working properly. Check each area in your yard to see if your yard is getting too much or too little water. Adjust as needed.
  • Ensure that stepping stones are stable. Place sand or stone dust underneath loose stones.
  • Inspect play sets and tighten any loose components. Pressure wash and clean. Lastly, apply water sealant to wooden play sets.

Window & Siding Checklist

  • Pressure wash your home’s exterior and patch any problem areas by sanding, priming, and painting, depending on the surface material.
  • Inspect the caulking around windows and doors on the exterior of your home. If the caulking is deteriorating, reapply a quality exterior sealant.
  • Clean the windows and screens and patch any holes in your screens. Be sure to tighten any loose window frames.

Air Conditioning Checklist

  • Remove plant debris such as dead leaves and twigs near your HVAC unit.
  • Change the filter regularly once every 90 days, or more often if you have pets or allergies.
  • Have a professional inspect your air conditioner to do any tune ups or maintenance before summer arrives.

Roof & Gutter Checklist

  • Remove any debris from gutters and downspouts. Run a hose on the roof to check that gutters are draining away from your home properly. Inspect gutters for any puncture holes or cracks and replace as needed.
  • Check the condition of your roof. Remove any debris such as leaves, moss, and algae to extend the life of your roof. Have a qualified contractor inspect and replace any missing or damaged shingles.
  • Use caution while on your roof. If you are not comfortable with going up and down a ladder, contact a professional for help.

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