When you want to add to your curb appeal and help make your home look like new, sometimes all you have to do is have it professionally power/soft washed. Doing this can remove mold, algae, dirt, dust, soot, oil, grease and grime that may have taken over your home’s exterior.
In general, we recommend washing your home once each year. It can be difficult to know exactly how often to wash the outside of your home. Most of the time, simply looking at your house will tell you when the time for a good scrub down is needed. Run your finger along the siding. If a lot of dirt is present, or your house just looks dirty, then set up an appointment with our team.
Residential power washing is like any other standard home maintenance task, meaning it is something that should be completed on a regular schedule, but certain factors may require you to power wash your home more frequently.
Why wash your home’s exterior more than once a year?
1. Your home is located near a dirt road or a construction site
You may need to power wash your house every few months (especially during dry periods) if you are near a place that produces more dirt than normal. Dirt on a home’s exterior can offer a breeding ground for other contaminants like mold and algae.
2. Your area’s climate and environment promote mold/mildew.
Do you live in a wet, humid climate? Is there an abundance of trees on your property? Is your environment prone to dust storms? These are factors that may warrant more frequent power washing. For example, roof contaminants like mold and mildew are more prevalent in wet and humid environments. These contaminants can also arise and grow rapidly on homes with large tree overhangs.
3. You or your family are more susceptible to health risks.
Left untouched, your home may foster the growth of harmful contaminants such as mold and algae. Breathing in the spores of these materials can become a health risk over time. Regular, preventative power washing can ensure these contaminants never have a chance to grow on your home’s exterior.
4. You’ve planned home renovation projects.
Planning to refinish areas of your home’s exterior? Consider power washing in advance of these projects to clean and prepare the surface of your home. Power / soft washing before you do any construction will ensure that your additions last much longer.
5. After a big storm
High winds can bring in more dirt and debris, causing your home to look dirtier. A professional power wash can remove any marks or debris from your home’s exterior.
6. Putting your home up for sale
It is common to catch up on all of the maintenance tasks for your home right before putting it up for sale. Doing these things makes your home look as good as possible and helps potential buyers feel good about making a purchase. Power washing your house is one of the tasks that can have the biggest impact. It can help your house go from looking dingy and dirty to looking fresh and clean. It can significantly boost the curb appeal which is an essential part of getting people to look at your house.
7. Painting the exterior of your home
If you are planning on painting the exterior of your home you need to power wash it first. It will remove dirt and grime from the surface of your house. Power washing will also help removed paint that is cracked and peeling. This is important because painting over cracked and peeling paint will leave you with a sub-par finished product. It will also negatively impact the longevity of the paint job.
How should I maintain my house in between power washings?
- Spray down your house
You should rinse the exterior of the house with a garden hose on a regular basis – at least once a month. This will not completely clean your house, but it will help dissolve salts that crystallize as humid surfaces evaporate as well as remove surface dust that could both assist in future dirt buildup. Even better, if you own a home power washer, set it on light and give the exterior a good rinsing often.
- Keep your gutters clean
Gutters can start to have black streaks as a result of debris accumulating in the gutters which run over after heavy rain. These stains start to appear after the factory finish starts wearing thin. Sometimes these stains are from mineral stains from water that’s sitting on top of the gutter edge or from inside the gutter. Make sure – if you don’t have gutter guards – to keep leaves and other debris out of your gutters.
- Spray wash your windows regularly
There are several products you can buy at the local hardware store that hook up to your garden hose and easily allow you to spray down your exterior windows without any need to dry or wipe them.
The Bottom Line
It all comes down to your personal preference. Simply put, if you feel your home’s appearance is not up to par, make the easy decision to power wash it more frequently. While some homeowners may need to power wash every few months, a good rule of thumb to follow is to clean the exterior thoroughly at least once every year, with additional cleanings added as circumstances warrant them.
Ready to schedule a residential power washing service? Request a quote online or give us a call today! We use a combination of high-pressure hot power wash, soft wash, and professional ground scrubbers to clean the exterior of the home, patios, driveway, roof, gutters, deck, and sidewalks.