As a homeowner you know that the exterior of your home is your first
defense against the great outdoors. There’s a lot to protect against.
There’s the wind, rain and sun. There’s dirt and grime. And then there
are insects and plants. Before long these things can really start to
take their toll.
It’s important to know that your exterior can protect you
from a lot, but you should give it a hand every now and then. A little
bit can go a long way and that’s why it’s often recommended that you
give your exterior a good pressure wash. Not only does it make your
home look new and fresh, it’s a great form of preventative care.
However, when it comes to the question of how often you
should pressure wash the exterior of your home, a lot of homeowners just
don’t know. It’s a tricky question. If you pressure wash your home too
often, you increase the risk of damage. If you don’t pressure wash it
enough, not only will your home begin to look dirty, but degradation
will set in much more quikly.
You might think it sounds like you can’t win either way, but
that’s not true. How often you should clean the exterior of your home
depends on four factors. But before we get in to that, why do you need
to pressure wash your home in the first place?
Why Should I Pressure Wash?
Pressure washing your home is an important step to keeping
your home in good shape and good appearance. Over time the exterior of
your home will gain a build-up of dirt, dust, mildew, mold and fungi.
This build up can make your home look old and neglected, and speed up
the process of breakdown and weathering in the materials. Your paint
will prematurely fail, staining can occur on siding and gutters, and
lastly roots can grow causing splits and cracks.
Pressure washing is a way to blast away the accumulated
grime and prevent these issues so you don’t end up spending all of your
available time on scrubbing your home spotless. Pressure washing
provides a steady stream of water capable of doing all the heavy work
necessary in a decent amount of time. It removes irritants that can
grind at your surface via weathering. It leaves the outside of your home
looking freshly cleaned and cared for.
In addition, aside from helping homeowners cut down on the
need to repaint, pressure washing can help prepare a house’s surface for
repainting by blasting away peeling paint and paint chips. As you can
see, pressure washing is the best way to give your home a thorough
cleaning. Now let’s get back to when you should do it.
Something to think about when deciding when to pressure wash
your home is where your home is or, in other words, the environment and
climate in which you live. Leafy trees that grow on your property can
lead to an increased need for more frequent washings. Living where there
is a lot of airborne dust and dirt like by major roadways or
construction work is also a cause for more frequent washings. Humid
environments are at risk for increased mildew and mold growth, while
places with heavy winds bring more dirt and leaves into the equation.
It’s important to take these types of things in to consideration when
deciding your pressure washing schedule. If you aren’t sure what
specifically it is you have to account for be sure to contact your local
Naples, FL pressure washing professionals.
Another issue to consider is what the weather is going to be
like around the time you’re planning on pressure washing. Timing is
everything and weather plays an important factor in that. The best time
for your home to be pressure washed is when the weather is mild and
sunny. You don’t want high winds blowing leaves and debris right back at
your home and undoing your work. You also don’t want to be out working
on your home in particularly cold weather. Keeping that in mind, let’s
move on to the four things to go by when deciding how often to pressure
wash your home.
When It’s Dirty
What’s the easiest way for a homeowner to tell when the
exterior of their house needs to be cleaned? That may seem like a trick
question, but the answer is legitimately: when it looks dirty. If your
home looks dirty, in the sense that you can see it from a distance, or
you can walk up to your home and run a finger over the siding only to
pull that finger back covered in dirt, then it’s probably time for you
to get it cleaned. Dust your finger off and head to the phone to call
the professionals. If it’s to a point where you notice the dirt
yourself, you can bet that it’s probably already affecting your home in a
As previously stated, if you live in an area with airborne
dirt, like on a dirt road, or in places with high winds and airborne
objects, your home will get dirty quicker and you’ll want to be sure
your home’s exterior has frequent cleanings.
The amount of rainfall in your area is another thing to keep
an eye on when deciding when to pressure wash. When you wash your car,
you keep an eye on the rain. The same concept applies to your home.
Water falling from the sky may seem like a free and easy way to have
your home’s dirty exterior cleaned but that’s not the case. It may clean
excess dirt and substances off of your home, but it’s not enough to
remove all of it. Also that’s not accounting for whatever may be brought
to your home with the process of rain. If you’re getting heavy
rainfall, you’ll want to have your house cleaned.
Humidity is never really looked at as a good thing. In the
case of your home, it definitely shouldn’t be. Humid weather attracts
mold and mildew, creating perfect growing conditions on your home. We
all know mold and mildew growth isn’t good either, for both your home
and the safety of your family living within it (especially with
allergies). Not to mention that these growths can stain and damage your
home while also making it look dirty. So keep an eye on humidity and
when it happens, get a professional pressure washer to clean your home
and ensure that the mold and mildew are terminated.
Once A Year
Finally, as a general rule, you should get your pressure
washed at least once a year. When in doubt about when to do it, doing it
annually is absolutely better than nothing. A good practice to help you
remember is to do it once a year during your spring cleaning time. As
you clean the inside of your home, the outside will be done as well,
giving you a nice preventative clean inside and out. With the proper
tools and chemicals, thanks to your local pressure washing experts your
home can look brand new, like it’s never had a trouble spot in its life.
You can’t go wrong by pressure washing annually
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