In our last post we began discussing some tips for cleaning the exterior of your home. Spring cleaning, after all, shouldn’t just involve the interior of your home. When it comes to taking care of your home’s exterior, there are a number of tools that will come in handy and make the process all the more simple and effective. Top among these tools is the power washer. Power washers are a type of pressure washer that have temperature controls. Here at Premier Polishing, we specialize in cleaning your home’s exterior with pressure washing services. If you are in Holbrook and would like to schedule a cleaning or get a free quote, contact us today!
Cleaning the Exterior of Your Home Continued
In the last post we discussed things on the ground: your patio, walkways, and furniture. Continuing from the ground up, this post will focus on the next most important things to clean on the exterior of your house.
Get Squeaky-Clean Windows
Your windows are where you watch the spring scene unfold. When the birds are flitting around and the flowers start to bloom, you want to be able to see it all clearly. That’s why it is so important to make sure your windows are able to catch all the color and light this spring. The best time to clean windows is on a cloudy day, as too much sun could lead to streaking as the liquid could dry too fast. To begin cleaning your windows, you should gather all your supplies. You’ll likely need things like a dusting brush, a sponge, a bucket, large towels, a microfiber cloth for drying, and potentially some commercial window cleaning product. Before you start washing your windows, you want to start by softly brushing away cobwebs and loose dirt. This will help prevent your towels getting dirty too fast and potential scratching. It’s the same as most other cleaning processes: start gentle and dry and then move on to more and more involved solutions. Depending on the type of window, it may be easier to use a sponge or a squeegee.
Once you get started cleaning your windows, it’s helpful to get into a rhythm. If you keep stopping every time you need to swipe, it can take a long time for you to finish, and your cleaning solution may start to dry before you have time to wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
One challenge with window cleaning is that not all windows are within easy reach. Especially when you are cleaning the outside of your windows, there can be some situations where you’ll need to use a squeegee on a stick or a ladder. That is one of the reasons we recommend 1) hiring professionals to do the job for you, and 2) hiring professional power washers to do the job extremely well. Power washing is a superb way to quickly and efficiently clean the exterior of hard-to-reach windows. We can use environmentally-friendly soap and water to maximize the transparency of your windows. Instead of spending your time up a wobbly ladder awkwardly trying to scrub your windows, hire professional pressure washers instead. If you are in Holbrook, Premier Polishing will take care of all your home’s pressure washing needs, from windows to patios and more! Contact us today for a free estimate!
Clean Your Brick and Mortar Walls
If you’ve got some beautiful stonework on your walls, but it is looking a bit dirty and dingy, then getting it cleaned properly should be on the top of your list of things to do for your spring cleaning. The process begins at least a week before the actual cleaning begins. That is because you want to make sure that your mortar is tight. Before doing any power washing, you should patch your mortar where necessary. If water gets between the cracks, then it could negatively impact the integrity of the structure.
Once the mortar is dry, it’s time to start washing. Before applying any detergent, it is important to start by washing the bricks with water. Doing so will prepare your bricks for cleaning. Using a pressure washer on a low setting should be sufficient for this step.
Next, you will need to find the right detergent for cleaning your bricks or exterior siding. If you use the wrong kind, it can actually cause dirt to stick to your mortar. Starting from the bottom up, spray the bricks with low pressure. As bricks and mortar are porous, the detergent is going to soak. This will help it remove all the areas where dirt has built up, leading to a cleaner, brighter surface. The secret for cleaning bricks with a pressure washer is low pressure and lots of detergent. The right soap will do the hard work for you. Yet still, sometimes a tough stain will require scrubbing. Instead of using high pressure water, which could wear down the bricks, using a scrub brush with detergent to remove tough stains is likely to be less abrasive.
After the cleaning is done, the next step is to rinse it off. Moving slowly over the area with a pressure washer will rinse away the dirt and detergent. Keeping the pressure washer on a gentler setting is important, as too much pressure could damage the bricks. This is another reason we ultimately recommend hiring professionals to do this job. Premier Polishing specializes in cleaning brick and mortar, and can ensure that they get cleaned properly without causing any damage to your walls. If you are in Holbrook, call us today to get your free quote.
The last thing you will want to do after your brick is freshly clean and dry is to apply a sealant. This will protect the pores of your stone from getting dirt in them any time soon, making it so your walls look nicer for longer and are more stain resistant.
Call a Professional
As you can see, cleaning the windows and walls of your home can be a very involved process. Save yourself the time and trouble and simply hire experts to do the job for you. If you are in Holbrook and want to get your windows or walls cleaned this spring, contact Premier Polishing today!