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You may have the perception that power cleansing your home is a bit of an extravagance. In reality, it is an important part of your home maintenance routine.
Your house is exposed to dirt, wind, sun, and pollutants all the time. These damages, discolor and soil the exterior of the home over time.
Power washing is an effective and efficient way to clean your home’s exterior. Let’s take a closer look at how it can also protect your investment and your family’s health.
1. Power Washing Prevents Unnecessary Damage
Moisture (in the form of rain or humidity) can stain your home’s surfaces. When grime is left on these surfaces or a stain is not cleaned, it can cause permanent damage. Mould, for example, is a common cause of damage to paint and concrete coatings. Hard to reach crevices will accumulate dirt, algae, and grime, and mildew and mold will grow in shaded areas. You want to remove these before they cause harm.
With decking, it can also have an impact. When wood shrinks and swells when exposed to water, it begins to crack and discolor. Mould and dirt collect. Power washing your deck will get rid of mold, mildew, and other dirt or stains that become embedded in the wood fibers.
2. You’ll Save Money
Money spent on maintaining a property is a necessity. However, preventative maintenance pays off by preventing costly repairs. By washing your exterior annually, you will avoid having to refinish or repaint for many years, avoiding expensive repairs.
By making pressure washing a part of your regular maintenance routine, you can keep even an older home looking new and well maintained. It’s also the most cost-efficient way to wash your entire exterior.
3. It Can Prime Your Walls
Whether you are looking into refinishing, resurfacing, or painting the outside of your home, power washing will ensure the surface is ready for its new look.
Once the dirt and grime are removed, you are left with a smooth surface, giving you the best outcome because the new coating will adhere properly. Similarly, a deck or pool can be pressure washed before staining or refinishing.
4. It Will Protect the Health of Your Family
Dust and mildew don’t look great when they settle on your home. But have you thought about how they could be affecting your family’s health?
A power clean will rid the residue that can trigger seasonal allergies (in both your family members and fur babies), or asthma. These include mold spores, pollen, and dust mites, which power washing quickly removes.
5. It Will Save You Time
Think of all the hours you’ll need to invest in scrubbing walls and driveways or climb ladders to reach parts of your home that need cleaning. It may also involve you having to mix cleaning solutions.
Pressure washing is a quick and efficient way to clean your home’s exterior without all this fuss. A pro can accomplish in minutes what would take you many hours when done by hand.
6. It Will Help You Sell or Rent Your Property Quickly
Pressure washing is an affordable way to give your house a quick makeover without having to renovate. It will remove mildew and stains on the walls, driveway, deck, and fencing.
If you’re planning on selling your house, or want to keep it looking good, a fresh, well-maintained appeal will ensure it attracts serious buyers, willing to pay top dollar.
Research has shown that pressure washing as part of exterior maintenance can increase the value of your home up to 5%.
It’s recommended that your power clean the exterior of your home annually, but certain situations may call for it sooner. For example, after a big storm, you may want to consider a cleanup. Here’s why:
With intense weather, acid rain residue, dust, and other debris hammer your house and can collect on the walls. It’s unsightly but can also cause itching and scratching. Storms also leave debris on a roof, which can make its way under tiles and loosen them.
Rain also tends to deposit mud and silt in gutters, which can lead to future clogs.
Sand from a nearby beach or nature area can also blow in and settle into your home’s exterior. These coarse materials can scratch exterior glass, and lodge inside window and door screens.
If you live in a tropical area, you will need to keep on top of mold and algae, so they don’t cause damage to your property. If you live near an industrial area or busy roads, you want to regularly remove the soot and grime that your property is exposed to.
It’s all about caring for the outside of your property, but also the health and safety of your pets and family that rely on it for protection.
Does your home need cleaning? Off Your Wall provides both residential and commercial high-pressure cleaning services at affordable rates – visit offyourwall.com.au for more information.