Keeping your home’s exterior clean will boost curb appeal and property value. This is important whether you’re trying to sell your home or just keep your neighbors happy. A property that reflects lack of maintenance can take thousands of dollars off the property value.
Most homeowners regularly clean their home’s interior, but often neglect exterior needs. After a long, cold winter, your home’s exterior and yard needs a thorough cleaning to get rid of dirt and stains, debris, and possible rodent nests. By starting some thorough cleaning in early spring, you can create a picture-perfect, well-maintained home.
With exposure to the elements throughout the year, your driveway and garage doors, siding, and windows can take a beating. Take a look at some helpful cleaning tips:
Cleaning a Concrete Driveway
Although concrete is strong and durable, it is porous. This mean it will absorb stains from oil, grease, vehicle fluids, antifreeze, paint, rust, mold, and mildew, if stains are not cleaned up right away. The most efficient way to clean concrete is with a power washer. For stains like rust and mildew, you can add a powdered bleach and scrub areas with a stiff brush before using the power washer.
Cleaning Your Siding
It’s simple to clean exterior siding with soapy water, a long-handled brush, and a garden hose. It’s takes some effort, but it works. If you have mildew of algae buildup, add a little powdered oxygen bleach to the soapy water, then mix it up and let it sit for about 10 minutes. It’s best to avoid chlorine bleach because it can strip the paint color and kill your plants. If you decide to use a power pressure washer, make sure it’s on the lowest setting. High-powered water jets can damage siding, stucco, and masonry.
Cleaning Your Windows
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