A relatively easy way to give your home a big spruce up come spring is to power, or pressure, wash the exterior. Cleaning off all the goop and grime that’s gathered throughout the winter will make your home shine – literally – and leave your neighbors thinking you’ve repainted!
Here are our tips for pressure washing the your home’s exterior siding:
First, you’re going to need the right tools. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from many home improvement stores like Home Depot for roughly $50-$75/day. You’ll also need a cleaning solution and a hose to which you’ll hook the washer.
Before you begin washing, cover any plants in the area, along with electrical components, such as light fixtures, your electric meter and uncovered outlets. Be sure to also close windows and doors, so you’re not surprised with a wet carpet in your bedroom when you’re done!
Next, spray from the bottom to the top one section at a time to prevent streaking and don’t hold the nozzle too close to the siding to avoid damage. Let the cleaner work for about 2-5 minutes before rinsing and be sure the area stays wet. If you’ve found an area that’s particularly dirty, there is a rotating brush you can attach to the washer to work out all the grime. If mildew is an issue, you can use a bleach and water solution.
Rinse each area within 10 minutes so it doesn’t dry using a medium pressure from top to bottom.
Siding is the not only thing you can power wash! You can use it to clean gutters, brick (though you should soak brick with water first to keep it from absorbing the cleaner and use a brick and mortar sealer when done), decks, porches, driveways, fences and more.
Pressure washing doesn’t take that much time and keeps you from having to climb dangerous ladders to reach the highest portions of your house. By the time you’re done, we bet you’ll be pleased with the results and feel like you have an entirely new Charleston home!
For more information about Sabal Homes, visit www.sabalhomessc.com or call 843-830-0158.
Photo credit: Olger Fellas (C) 2010