The external appearance of your home is your unique signature, proclaiming to the world what you are and what kind of life you live. Peeling paint, overgrown organic growth, rusted railings, dirty patio and all such eyesores present a poor impression of the maintenance of your home; they reduce greatly its value during a sale.
Property evaluators never miss such telltale signs and hike the depreciation figures. Should such a thing happen to you, or a visitor make a snide remark on the upkeep of your home, you do feel bad; you regret why you didn’t clean regularly the exterior of your home.
Maintenance of home exteriors
Builders and designers today are experimenting with various kinds of construction materials such as marble, granite, precast decorative stone, precast concrete, sandstone panels, stucco, slate and limestone.
Each material has its own maintenance procedure as well as custom-cleaning agents. In case of wrong use of techniques or compounds, the exterior of your home can suffer serious damages that might warrant expensive repair work and cleaning exercise. Hiring an experienced commercial cleaning company would be the best cleaning solution to your home exterior maintenance.
Common problems of home exteriors
Home exteriors are vulnerable to environmental factors like ultraviolet rays from sunshine, rain, etc., and related issues like growth of moss, fungus or mildew. Veneer surfaces themselves made of chemical compounds can degrade with time and leech onto the exteriors, causing ugly stains. The following are the commonest spoilers of home exteriors:
- Expired sealants that degrade
- Corrosive minerals present in hard water
- Chemicals used in substandard paints and waterproofing
- Heavy synthetic pastes that degrade with time
- Stains from rust and rusting metal in the surroundings
- Algae, moss, mold and mildew
Cleaning methods for home exteriors
The following are common cleaning methods for home exteriors:
- Pressure washing
- Steam cleaning
- Sand blasting
- Dry ice blasting
- Soda blasting
- Acid wash
- Aluminum oxide spraying
- Sponge-jet cleaning
These methods use various kinds of chemicals and cleaning agents, some of which are biodegradable and hence more environment friendly.
Of all these methods, pressure washing is the quickest, most efficient and cost-effective method, which can be used on all kinds of surfaces, regular or irregular, irrespective of the materials used. That is why it has become a popular option for cleaning commercial properties, apartment complexes, condominiums and individual homes.
Pressure washing is effective on aluminum, which is used in curtain walls; all kinds of masonry such as stone, concrete blocks, marble, brick, granite; all types of finishes: vinyl, wood and metal. Pressure washing is used not only for home exteriors, but also for entrance doorways, patios, windows, awnings, sidings, canopies, driveways and garages.
A word of caution: any attempt to pressure wash your home exteriors all by yourself, using equipment purchased or rented, can be dangerous and counter-productive. It is best left to commercial cleaning companies with the right experience and right expertise. They would ensure quality service and the best value for the money you spend.