How To Wash Your Home’s Exterior

How To Wash Your Home’s Exterior

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One of the easiest ways to boost the curb appeal of your home is to thoroughly clean the exterior. Some homeowner’s associations require homeowners to keep the exterior of their home clean. Here are some tips to help you clean the exterior of your home without damaging your siding or landscaping.

Prep

Before actually cleaning your exterior, you need to do several things to prepare your home for pressure washing.

Select The Right Cleaning Solution

If you have mold on the exterior of your home, purchase an exterior cleaning solution that is specially formulated to clean mold.

Choose A Nozzle

Pressure washer nozzles come in several sizes. You’ll want to choose the lowest-pressure nozzle possible to avoid damaging your siding. The nozzles are measured in degrees. The lower the number, the higher the pressure. So, start with a 40-degree nozzle. You can work your way to a 25-degree nozzle if needed.

Secure Windows and Doors

Make sure all of your windows and doors are closed tightly before beginning. If you have damage to doors or windows, replace them before cleaning the exterior of your home. Using a pressure washer on damaged windows or doors could cause them to break.

Examine Siding

If your siding is damaged, you do not want to power wash it. Therefore, do a complete inspection of your siding before beginning. Look for rips or tears from hail, basketballs and lawnmowers. Consider replacing your siding if you have a lot of damage.

Keep All Kids And Pets Inside

Pressure washers are power tools. The water that comes from a power washer is extremely strong. Spraying someone with a power washer can cause serious injury. The spray can slice through skin in an instant. Pets are also at risk from power washers. Therefore, keep all pets and children away when you are cleaning the exterior.

Cover Nearby Plants

If you have plants growing near your house, cover them up with plastic before starting so that you don’t damage them. Also, try to avoid directly spraying the area. Never pressure wash an area of the house that has vines or roses growing on it. Use a garden hose instead.

Wash

After prepping, you are ready to wash the exterior.

  • Direct the spray downward – Don’t spray at an upward angle. Spray downward to prevent water from getting stuck in cracks and seams in your siding.
  • Spray a small section first – After spraying a small section, examine it to ensure that there is no damage. If you notice damage, then switch to a regular water hose instead.
  • Work from the bottom of your house to the top. Use a steady side-to-side motion as your spray.
  • Keep the hose moving. Spraying one spot for too long can cause damage.
  • Rinse – Finally, rinse your home from top to bottom.

For more home maintenance tips and tricks, visit our blog. If you have damaged siding that needs replaced, call us for a free estimate. We serve residents of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

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Your Complete Spring Cleaning Plan

Your Complete Spring Cleaning Plan

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With the sun finally shining and winter on its way out now is the time to freshen your home with a deep spring cleaning. Go beyond your basic everyday cleaning to get your house in top shape. Here is a detailed spring cleaning plan.

Living Room

  1. Start by clearing out the clutter. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in your living room.
  2. Dust the living room walls, ceilings, and corners. Also, dust the ceiling fan if you have one.
  3. Remove and wash couch slipcovers. Also vacuum underneath your couch cushions.
  4. If you have an area rug, take it in for dry cleaning.
  5. Dust and clean blinds or curtains.
  6. Wipe down your entryway door.
  7. Vacuum and steam clean your floors.

Kitchen

  1. Wash and put away all dishes.
  2. Clean your countertop, stove and the front of your cabinets.
  3. Carefully clean out your refrigerator and freezer. Throw away all expired food.
  4. Dust the ceiling, corners, and walls. Also dust blinds.
  5. If you have a ceiling fan, dust it. Then, dust any artwork or other items.
  6. Deep clean your oven.
  7. Sweep and mop your floors.
  8. Organize your cabinets and pantry. Throw away expired food.

Bathroom

  1. Remove any clothing that doesn’t belong.
  2. Throw away old, expired products.
  3. Clean the bathtub and shower area with a bleach-based cleaner.
  4. Wipe down the sink area.
  5. Disinfect and clean the toilet bowl.
  6. Wipe down the mirror using a window wipe.
  7. Mop the floor.

Utility Room

  1. Declutter and organize the space.
  2. Clean the washing machine well. Use a laundry machine cleaner if needed.
  3. Organize laundry room shelves. Throw away any garbage.
  4. Clean out the lint filter on your dryer. Also clean lint from the dryer vent.
  5. Remove any clothing that has fallen behind the washer and dryer.

Windows

  1. Use a soft brush to remove dirt.
  2. Add a mild dish detergent to a bucket of clean water.
  3. Wash the windows using a strip washer.
  4. Use a squeegee to remove any water.
  5. Wipe the window with a microfiber cloth.

The above spring cleaning plan will help you get your house in tip-top shape this spring. It doesn’t take long to complete either. You can clean the entire house over a weekend by following the plan. For more house tips and tricks, check out the rest of our blog posts.

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