Pressure Washing Tips: Exterior Cleaning Mistakes You Should Avoid

Exterior cleaningMost people don’t think much about the outside of their house. When we’re busy with family and work, it is usually the last thing that comes to mind. This can prove to be a costly error. As you would take care to moisturize your face and wash it every day to avoid wrinkles, so should you also maintain the exterior of your house with regular cleaning? This includes pressure washing or power washing once a year to remove dirt that has accumulated over the years.

Use only water to clean your siding.

For homeowners, cleaning exterior surfaces such as siding, windows, and doors can be a difficult task. If you use bleach to clean exterior surfaces, you may end up with more than mildew or dirt stains. Bleach is a very strong chemical and shouldn’t be used anywhere that could come in contact with food. This means you can’t mix it with your water hose when washing down your patio or deck furniture. Avoid using this chemical to clean anything that could touch your skin, as it will cause a burn. Bleach is not a good all-purpose cleaner. It will destroy most household items by breaking their molecules. When bleach breaks down, chlorine gas is released. Wear protective gear to prevent breathing it in.

Avoid scrubbing the brick with wire brushes. This will cause it to flake and deteriorate.

Scrubbing bricks with a wire bristle will lead to the deterioration of the surface. Not only exterior surfaces need to be cleaned, but also wood siding and paneling. If done incorrectly, scrubbing could lead to paint peeling or stains.

Use a soft, dampened cloth to clean the bricks instead of harsh chemicals. Mineral spirits can be used to clean other surfaces, such as vinyl sidings or wood panels that are likely to peel off after hard rubbing.

Clean the roof with a nozzle or a sprayer, and not only water from the faucet

Everybody knows how important it is to maintain a safe and healthy living environment. Not everyone is aware of the common mistakes that people make while doing this. What is the most common mistake people make? You can clean your roof with water from the faucet instead of using a sprayer or nozzle. It is not a good idea to use tap water for cleaning your roof. Tap water does not contain any detergents that can help remove dirt and grime from the shingle surface. This introduces a variety of bacteria to the attic where you live. Beware! If you want to have a beautiful roofline, but not worry about getting sick because of dirty gutters using tap water isn’t the best option. Use a hose sprayer or nozzle for exterior cleaning.

Exterior cleaningClean windows, screens, and siding with a cleaning solution, if necessary (with bleach).

A common mistake in exterior cleaning is not using the right cleaning agent to clean windows, exterior screens, and siding. You don’t want to use plain water – you need a cleaner that can cut through grime and dirt so that your surfaces will shine. You can use vinegar to clean your siding and remove dirt without harming the grass or plants. For tougher jobs, such as heavy stains or soap scum on fiberglass or glass screens, use one part unscented liquid bleach diluted with nine parts water. Never use bleach to clean painted surfaces. It will remove the protective coating.

Clean concrete sidewalks and driveways with a mop equipped with a scrubber

Use a mop or rag to clean a concrete driveway or sidewalk that is dirty! Use a mop that has a scrubber attached to it. This will dig deep into the cracks and crevices of your concrete driveway or sidewalk. Wear gloves when you clean to prevent chemicals from getting on your skin. Also, make sure you wear sturdy clogs with closed-toed footwear (no open toes) because people tend to step more frequently than they think on broken glass. Wear long sleeves and pants for added protection. You’ll get cuts on your arms and legs if you do not keep them clean.

At least twice a year, clean gutters (more frequently in the rainy season)

The majority of people do not give much thought to their gutters. They should. The condition of a gutter system can have a big impact on your home’s performance. Clean gutters prevent water from gathering in the seams between metal and vinyl siding. This can lead to damage to these materials, as well as mold growing inside your home. Dirty gutters may also block airflow through your roof venting system, making it difficult for vehicles parked inside an attached garage. Even though gutters are usually only noticed when they have too much water pooling in them, they also collect a lot of dirt and debris, which is then sent to the storm drain. It is important to clean gutters twice a year, and more often during rainy seasons. This will help you avoid mold growing on your property or inside your home. When you don’t clean your gutters, the debris can collect on land become slippery for people walking around.

Trim trees to ensure they do not block the sunlight from reaching your home

Many things can impact the health and condition of your trees. It is not obvious to some people, but trees have a big impact on your home. If you don’t trim them, their branches can block the sunlight from reaching your home. It could also lead to higher energy bills for cooling or heating, as well as a decrease in property value due to an unattractive exterior. There are several ways to maintain healthy trees that don’t cost a lot of money.

Contact K&M Pressure Washing LLC today if you want to pressure wash your home, driveway or patio. We have a team of pressure-washing experts who can bring your property to life by giving it a deep cleaning and shine. 

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