To conclude our three-part series on tips for doing outdoor spring cleaning, this post deals with cleaning some of the hard-to-reach parts of your home’s exterior: your roof, gutters, and the upper parts of your walls. You can read Part I here and Part II here.
Premier Polishing is committed to helping you with your spring cleaning project this year. We are able to professionally power wash everything from your walkways to your stone walls, leading to an easier, more effective spring cleaning overall. Ready to jumpstart your spring cleaning process? Call Premier Polishing in Holbrook today and get a free estimate!
Cleaning Hard-to-Reach Places
After a season (or likely more) of debris and runoff, there will likely be a good bit of cleaning to be done on the top of your house. Here’s how to get started:
Cleaning Your Gutters
As you walk around picking up all the material that has fallen in your yard, it can be easy to forget that all this debris has also likely fallen on your roof and subsequently ended up in your gutters. Maintaining your gutters is one of the most important steps for spring cleaning. This is because, if your gutters are clogged, it could lead to significant damage to your home. For example, if it rains and your gutters are clogged, it could lead to flooding and water damage. That is why we recommend routine gutter cleaning.
You may be tempted to climb a ladder to clean your gutters, yet that is not actually necessary. Pressure washing your gutters is actually a safer and more efficient way of getting them clean. Pressure washers come with special attachments that allow you to spray directly into the gutters while standing on the ground. All you have to do is start near the downspout and proceed to spray down the length of the gutter. However, that being said, if you have A LOT of debris built up, it may be wise to start by removing it by hand so you don’t end up inadvertently clogging your downspouts.
Power Wash Your Roof
Because it is constantly exposed to the elements, your roof will require regular care and attention to keep it clean and undamaged. Lichen, moss, and mold all can grow on your roof. If your roof has these growing on it, it absolutely needs to be cleaned, as over time they will break down the roof and force you to have to replace it sooner than you otherwise would.
The process of cleaning your roof begins with the right kind of detergent for addressing your problem. For example, there is pressure washer detergent available that is specifically designed to remove algae from roofs. Start by applying the detergent area by area and then spraying it clean. To avoid doing damage to your roof, always use the low pressure setting on the pressure washer and never aim the pressure washer up under the roof, as it could lead to damage to your shingles and could even force water into your house. Working slowly and gently is the most reliable way to proceed when pressure washing your roof.
If your roof is covered in algae, it could be very slippery. That’s why we recommend hiring an expert to get the job done safely and correctly. Premier Polishing in Holbrook is experienced in pressure washing roofs with safe and effective practices that will help improve the longevity and the cleanliness of your shingles. If you want the benefits of a clean, lichen-free roof without having to go through the hassle and risk of cleaning it yourself, call Premier Polishing and get your free roof cleaning estimate today!
Pressure Wash Before Painting
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint on your home to make it look vibrant and new. However, before you start painting your house this spring, you need to start by properly getting it cleaned. The reason for this is quote simple: the cleaner your walls before you apply the paint, the longer the lifespan of the paint will be. Considering how difficult and time-consuming it can be to paint your house, it is seriously worthwhile to do a bit of cleaning before you start.
Of course, if you could go around and hand wash every inch of your house before painting it, it would be extremely clean. However, this would be impractical due to it being so incredibly time-consuming. To achieve a similar level of results, power washing your entire house is a much more efficient method.
Even though you’re going to be applying a new coat of paint anyway, you still don’t want to use the pressure washer at such a high setting that it strips off the pre-existing paint. So make sure you keep it on a gentle setting throughout the cleaning process.
When pressure washing your home before painting, you’ll want to work from the top down, beginning by spraying off any large debris. After that, address mildewed areas with a bleach solution. Then, spray an appropriate cleaning solution (working from the bottom up now), and allow the cleaning solution to soak in for about 10 minutes. Next, rinse. The name of the game when pressure washing your home before painting is thoroughness and gradualness. Take your time and be gentle so you clean everything evenly and without damage. Finally, give it a few days to dry before you start doing any painting.
Hire Professionals to Do the Job for You
As you have likely noticed, cleaning your house before painting, cleaning out your gutters, and cleaning your shingles, can be an extremely involved and rather technical process. That is why we recommend you hire experts to do it for you. You have enough things to be taking care of with your spring cleaning process apart from walking around on your slippery roof or pressure washing your walls with great care before you start painting. If you are in Holbrook, give Premier Polishing a call today to help jumpstart your spring cleaning process. We are highly experienced pressure washers, able to transform the appearance of everything from your patio furniture to your shingles. Call us today to get your free estimate!