Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to your home’s integrity.
In this comprehensive guide to house washing, we will cover the following…
When performing a house wash:
- First, prepare the surrounding areas and protect any plants or grass.
- Then, apply the cleaning solution and surfactant to the soiled exterior surfaces.
- Last, use professional soft-wash equipment to remove dirt, mold, and debris off of your siding, shutters, fascia boards, and gutters.
It is important to understand that a pressure washer can cause damage to your home if the proper technique is not used. When using a pressure washer, Soft Washing is the only recommended method of cleaning the exterior of your home.
Soft washing is a low-pressure cleaning method used to safely remove dirt, algae, stains, and growth from your home’s exterior. The low-pressure washing technique is combined with an application of biodegradable cleaning surfactants to kill any mold, fungus, or bacteria.
The soft-wash method is often used for cleaning surfaces like vinyl siding, roof shingles, windows, or any other exterior surface that can be easily damaged if you were to use high pressure.
When soft washing a house, you or whomever you hire, want to ensure that the surrounding landscaping is rinsed and covered beforehand to reduce the risk of any damage. If you hire a professional pressure washing company, make sure you ask how they will protect your surrounding surfaces and landscaping.
The soft wash method does not use high pressure to remove the dirt and algae buildup, therefore a cleaning solution and surfactant need to be applied to your soiled surface beforehand. There are many product options for house washing, however, the correct concentration of bleach is really the key.
The solution should consist of the following:
Bleach. Bleach kills any mold and mildew spores, algae, moss, or fungi that may be growing on your exterior. The bleach will also kill the root systems to prevent further regrowth.
Water. Water is mixed with the bleach to achieve a certain concentration appropriate for your pressure washing machine and the surface you are cleaning.
Cleaning Surfactant. Cleaning surfactants are used to help loosen dirt, growth, and buildup. They provide deeper penetration and can get between your home’s exterior and any unwanted substances that may be on it.
Understanding how the chemicals work together and how much to use is important to not cause any damage to your exterior surface.
- The most obvious benefit to cleaning your home’s exterior is curb appeal. A house wash can transform the exterior of your home dramatically if it has years of build-up and dirt on it.
- Regular house washes can keep the cobwebs, wasp nests, and other insect invasions at bay.
- Keeping your home’s exterior clean will reduce the risk of damage caused by organic growth like rot and decay. Organic growth can create spaces between materials allowing water to penetrate and cause damage.