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Home Exterior Washing Guide

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Home Exterior Washing Guide

It would be great (and a huge time-saver) if there were more things in life that were self-cleaning. How awesome would it be if your favorite sweater just dry-cleaned itself? Or, what if your dog decided to give himself a bath?


However, that is just a fantasy. In order to keep your belongings looking good, you have to take the time to clean and maintain them. One example of this: your home’s exterior. What’s the use of paying good money to have an attractive exterior installed on your home if you don’t take care of it?


Maybe you've noticed that your home’s exterior could use some TLC. Take a look at this home exterior washing guide to learn what you need to do to get your house back into tip-top shape.

  1. 1.Why it’s Important to Wash your Home’s Exterior

    What’s the use of paying good money to have an attractive exterior installed on your home if you don’t take care of it?

    A dingy looking exterior can make your home look old and improperly maintained. That doesn’t just make you look bad – it can bring down the property value of your whole neighborhood. Failing to clean the exterior of your house can also make it possible for mold and mildew to take hold, and that can weaken, stain and damage the outside of your home. Finally, just like every other part of your home – the exterior is an investment. However your home’s exterior is clad – whether it’s wood or vinyl siding, paint, stucco, whatever – you probably put a lot of thought into what you wanted and how it would look. Why do all that work only to have it quickly deteriorate?

  2. 2.How to Wash your Home’s Exterior

    There are a number of ways you can wash your home’s exterior. You can use your hose, a scrub brush and a bucket or even a power washer. The way you clean the outside of your home will depend on what materials cover your home’s exterior. The details of how your exterior should be cleaned will vary based on the kind of exterior you have. But, to be on the safe side, opt for a mild cleanser and a scrub brush. If you’re using a power washer, be careful not to cause damage to windows.

  3. 3.Do it Yourself or Go to a Pro

    You can avoid a lot of hassle and save yourself time and energy by contracting the work out to someone else. Regardless of where you live, you probably have a good selection of professional cleaners available to you. But, how do you know who to hire for your cleaning job? Ask friends and neighbors what companies they have used for their home exterior work. Make sure you ask potential hires for references and then give those people a call.

  5. 4.Avoiding Problems when Washing your Home’s Exterior

    The biggest concern you will probably have when washing your home’s exterior is being careful not to ruin it during the process. Before using any kind of cleaning solution on the outside of your home, test a small section to make sure that the solution won’t damage the material. Go easy when cleaning, don’t brush too hard and be careful when using a power washer. If your home has vinyl siding, be careful not to get any water between the façade and the actual outer surface of your home as that could cause some serious mold problems.


    It’s not always fun to clean, but it’s important that we do it. Keep the exterior of your home looking spotless – your family, your neighbors and especially your wallet will thank you!

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