The beginning of spring is the moment when, fed up with the cold and grey outdoors, we look out for sunshine and a rise in temperature. But to enjoy the outdoors, we first need to tidy up our property. What does spring cleaning mean for your housing estate? How do you look after your outdoor and indoor living areas? Check out what you should pay attention to!
Anything we walk on
The constant use of salt and sand for safe driving on snow-covered paths is a key challenge in keeping things clean during the winter season. In spring, once the last snows have melted, all the sand and salt poured down settles on the alleys and car parks. Clearing up this dirt is essential for restoring the estate’s visual appeal.
Neglecting it can only lead to further damage: when the weather conditions improve, the dried sand, together with the deposited dust, will rise, soiling the façades and, above all, polluting the air. For this reason, when you choose a cleaning service for housing estates, you should pay special attention to the cleaning of pavements, driveways and car parks from salt and sand deposits. The adverse effects of winter road safety measures are also evident in underground garages, where our cars bring sand and salt residues on their wheels – don’t overlook them during the spring cleaning!
Even though winter dirt can be considerable, it doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task to deal with it. Cleaning machines are the best choice for this, as they bring surfaces up to scratch quickly and thoroughly.
The nooks and crannies that nobody looks into, yet everybody sees
Spring is also the season to give indoor spaces a good all-round look. Apart from traditional measures such as mopping floors or wiping windowsills and railings, it is advisable to clean the less obvious places. Spring cleaning in apartment buildings should also include:
- cleaning entire balustrades (not just handrails),
- removing cobwebs from ceilings and spaces between stairs,
- cleaning entrance doors and basement/garage entrances,
- removing dust and dirt from outside fittings.
Don’t forget to give your windows a thorough cleaning, too, as their cleanliness becomes more noticeable as the sunny days get ever longer.
The safety of residents and the aesthetics should be on par in the spring cleaning. Once the springtime arrives, the manager of each housing estate should make sure that all technical facilities in the area are inspected. For this reason, the fitness of guttering systems and utilities as well as roofing and playground fixtures – potentially damaged during the winter and then masked under the snow – needs to be assessed.
The condition of alleys, driveways and stairs (esp. the outdoor ones exposed to frost) also play a role in terms of safety. Check them thoroughly at the end of winter: replace cracked paving stones, refill driveway stones and make minor repairs to steps and railings.
The green space that says relax
The residential green areas also require post-winter attention. What should you do about it? Firstly, get rid of dead tree and shrub branches so that they can’t cause harm to residents, and tidy up lawns and flowerbeds uncovered by melting snow. There will probably still be some fallen leaves or animal dirt on the lawns and flowerbeds, and it will affect the aesthetic image of your neighbourhood.
To get ready for an intense spring bloom, you need to check the health of your greenery and do some necessary maintenance work, e.g. adjusting pruning of overgrown trees/shrubs, fertilizing of lawns, removal of flowerbed covers, etc. The benches will also need a spring revamp, and, at the very least, they need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to the opening of the outdoor chatting season.
The complete clean-up of residential areas after winter
Spring cleaning could comfortably be called a general clean – after all, there is a whole host of issues to address after winter. Dealing with all the different types of jobs on your own can be daunting, but we hope that these areas will make it easier for you to plan ahead and, if necessary, hire a professional to do the job.