House Washing: 3 Ideas for Spring Cleaning
These house washing activities improve both curb appeal and reduce the need for costly repairs
It’s almost that time of year to start seriously thinking about home cleaning activities. And although it’s important to clean the interior of your home, the concept of spring cleaning applies just as much to the exterior of your home. Exterior house washing and maintenance is about more than increasing curb appeal, it’s also about prolonging the life of surfaces such as roofs, siding, and decks. And just as important, it ensures the safety your family.
Let’s take a look at three areas of your home’s exterior that you should consider cleaning at least once per year. For best results, make the commitment to taking on these tasks twice per year and hire a professional team. At the very least, add these three house washing routines to your spring cleaning “to do” list. You’ll be happy you did!
1. Clean Your Gutters
Gutter cleaning is not glamorous work – but it’s extremely important and beneficial to the health and integrity of your home. Clean gutters that are free of dirt and debris such as leaves or small twigs means rainwater can drain properly.
If water is overflowing from your gutters, that means damage is possible on various exterior and potentially internal areas. Also, the last thing you want is water pooling around your home instead of draining away from it. Pooling water around the foundation can end up causing cracks in the foundation as it freezes, and then expands, during wintertime.
We recommend using a professional house pressure washing service, as we flush gutters to ensure proper water drainage and flow.
2. Revitalize Your Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a popular building material that is often very resilient, but that doesn’t mean it might come out looking a little worse for the wear after a cold and wet winter. Especially if the winter was a little harsher than normal.
The challenge with any exterior material is that it can accumulate dirt, grime, and stains — and vinyl siding is no different. All exterior surfaces are exposed to things such as pollen, bird and insect droppings, and can develop rust stains. Insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers can cause discoloration on the siding, and mold and mildew find accommodating conditions in shady or moist areas. Common household items can also cause unsightly stains or marks on vinyl siding, including caulk, cement sealant, tar, oil for your car and pain.
Consider Hiring a House Washing Pro
A pressure washer can remove those stains, grime and dirt. However, if you’re not certain how to properly use a pressure washer, it is a good idea to consult house pressure washing professionals. Our team is experienced in house washing services, particularly soft washing, which reduces risk of damage to vinyl siding.
If you take on this house washing task, do not use any vinyl siding cleaners such as paint thinner, undiluted chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, or furniture cleaners. These types of cleaners can damage the surface of the siding. Lastly, avoid using scrubbers or steel wool – these will also damage your vinyl siding.
3. Wash Your Deck
Give your deck a good cleaning for barbeque season. A deck has a lot of crevices and hard to reach areas that can be a challenge to clean. Using a power washing or soft wash technique can help with deck maintenance. Doing so at least once a year means a longer-lasting deck. This is because power washing or soft washing the wood causes the protective sealers to go even deeper into the wood. As a result, you end up protecting your deck by ensuring the wood lasts longer.
If your deck needs special care, wood restoration and sealing services can help increase the lifetime of the wood. Professionally applying sealants and stains will enhance the way your deck looks while extending its lifespan.
With spring here in full bloom, we recommend having a professional team assess your home’s exterior cleaning needs – we’re always happy to accommodate unique needs and answer your questions.