Maintaining your home’s exterior is something that you should never neglect, especially after the long hard winter we have just experienced. If you keep up with the maintenance of the exterior of your home on a routine basis you can avoid costly repairs, keep up with the overall curb appeal and be prepared no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Now is the time to start cleaning up from the aftermath of the winter and prepare for spring and summer.
Power washing is a fast and easy solution when it comes to cleaning the exterior of your home. Power washing can help clean and revitalize large areas, and is an economical and ecofriendly way to refresh your outdoor space. If you decide to tackle this project yourself you need to be cautious since the high pressure can damage softer surfaces like wood.
Tips when using a pressure washer:
- Always where gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.
- Use a cleaning detergent for the right application like vinyl siding, decks, and cement areas. This will help loosen any dirt or grime that has built up.
- To remove mold or mildew that may be present on nonporous surfaces you may also use bleach by using a mixture that consists of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water.
Sidewalks and driveways have taken a beating from rock salt, dirt and grime that build up from melting snow and cracks that form from the thaw-freeze cycle that happens during the winter.
Tips on driveway maintenance:
- Remove any weeds, dirt or grass that begins to grow and collect in cracks.
- Then power wash your entire driveway to remove any grit or grime that has collected.
- Get a concrete resurfacer and patch the cracks.
- If you have an asphalt driveway you can restore it by applying a latex asphalt sealer. This will make your driveway as good as new.
If you have a wood deck it can take a lot of abuse from the winter elements. It’s one of the areas of the exterior of your home you will utilize the most during the summer months so you want it looking its best.
Tips to extend the life and upkeep of your wood deck:
- Apply a specialized formulated deck cleaner using a pump-up sprayer.
- Let it work in for about 10-15 minutes and then clean the deck with a power washer. Make sure you’re about 6-8 inches away from the deck so you don’t damage the wood.
- Rinse off the deck with a hose and let it fully dry.
- If it needs to be refinished use a stain or sealer using a roller or a pump-up spray.
- Make sure that you let the sealer dry thoroughly, about 24 hours, before using the deck.
Whether you decide to buy a power washer and do the project yourself or hire a professional like Affordable Spacemakers for any of your power washing needs, you will be satisfied with the results. Over the course of the year dirt, mold, and other debris build up on your home’s exterior and can make it look dingy. You can spend time and energy scrubbing this debris off or you can use a power washer to simplify the process.