Make an Action Plan
With winter having passed and spring taking steps to the fore, homeowners almost instinctively reach for the mop and dustpan. After months of hibernation, it only makes sense to refresh interior spaces. But don't forget—it's equally important to maintain the exterior! No mere glamour exercise, outdoor upkeep is important for health and safety, and for the proper functioning and longevity of some critical house components. Click through now for an action plan.
Take a Walk
Walk around your property to survey its condition. Along the way, gather fallen branches and remove plantings that didn't survive. Move on to inspecting outdoor structures for damage and noting necessary repairs, such as loose fence boards or missing shed shingles. Test your outdoor plumbing and take stock of lawn and garden equipment.
Clear Your Gutters
Responsible homeowners clean the gutters twice each year—once in fall and again in early spring. It's a dreaded task, but a critically important one. Fortunately, the HYDE PivotPro Outdoor Cleaning Water Wand makes the chore a cinch; its head pivots 135 degrees so you can reach over the gutter edge to blast out accumulated leaves and debris.
Renew Your Siding
After a long, harsh winter, your siding may emerge worse for wear. If your facade needs a facelift, reach for a hose wand like the HYDE PivotPro. At 46 inches in length, it will give you access to areas well beyond your easy reach. Plus, if needed, its stiff-bristle brush can be swiveled into place to provide extra punch.
Wash Your Windows
Window cleaning may be the quintessential spring upkeep task. The trouble is that if you're washing only the interior side of the glass, you're leaving the project half done. This weekend, finish the job with HYDE PivotPro. Simply add soap to the tool's built-in mixing reservoir and set your soap-to-water ratio, then point and pivot the nozzle to control its cleansing spray.
Prep Paved Surfaces
Somewhere down there, under a grimy, salt-speckled haze, is the paved surface of your driveway, front walk, or backyard patio. Clean away the effects of winter, not only to restore the aesthetic appeal of these areas, but also to promote their longevity. HYDE PivotPro has a pivoting nozzle that will rinse off debris and clean the surface in one pass.
Make Patio Furniture Sparkle
At your next backyard cookout, you certainly don't want to be surrounded by last season's dirt, grime, and mildew. Whether your patio furniture is made of metal, glass, wicker, or vinyl upholstery, the HYDE PivotPro can give it a deep clean. The built-in soap reservoir lets you mix cleansers into the water stream to blast away tough mildew, or you can simply wash away cobwebs with a gentle spray of plain water.
Refresh Your Deck
Before hosting your first barbecue of the season, give the deck a thorough cleaning. While the structure's many crevices may have presented a practical challenge in the past, the adjustable spray angle of the HYDE PivotPro lets you reach over, under, and around boards and railings, all without bending or stretching. To scrub where even hands can't fit, get the complete PivotPro kit; it comes with a spindle brush that can fit virtually anywhere!
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