Your home’s siding is exposed to environmental elements that can be problematic over time. A dirty home exterior can cause an unhealthy living environment and impact the curb appeal of your home. Did you know that approximately 30% of home buyers believe the exterior is the most important aspect of the home?
If your home is in need of a good cleaning, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn the benefits of siding cleaning and how to get the job done.
The Benefits of Siding Cleaning
From increased market value to a healthier home, there are many benefits to cleaning your home’s siding.
Prolongs the Life of Your Siding
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your siding will keep it healthy and increase its lifespan. When you’re completing your regular, recommended maintenance, you’ll consistently note any repairs that are needed before they worsen. Plus, consistent maintenance keeps dirt, mildew, and animals from making their home on your house siding. Pests such as these can wreak havoc on siding if they are not dealt with.
Increase the Value of Your Home
First impressions are huge when it comes to home buying. Having clean and healthy siding will increase your curb appeal and ultimately boost the market value of your home. Besides, nobody wants to buy a home that they immediately have to clean and repair. Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or not, keeping your home worthy of the market is important for peace of mind. A tidy and clean exterior says a lot about the homeowners and the condition of the house.
Prevents Harmful Substances
Siding cleaning gets rid of harmful substances such as mold, mildew, fungi, insects, and bacteria, which can make their homes on the exterior of yours. These substances carry germs and are harmful to the environment as well as human health. Keep them away and enjoy a healthier environment with a siding wash.
How to Clean House Siding
Now that you know the benefits of cleaning your home’s siding, let’s take a look at how to clean house siding.
Soap and Water Method
The traditional method of cleaning siding is to scrub with soap and water. For this, you’ll need a gallon of warm water mixed with 1/2 cup of trisodium phosphate. You can also use dish soap or laundry detergent.
You’ll also need a soft-bristled brush attached to a long handle as well as a water hose.
First, rinse your siding with clean water from the hose. Then scrub from the bottom up with the soap mixture and brush. Don’t do more than 10 feet at a time without rinsing so the soap does not dry on the siding.
If you have stains and mildew that is not coming off, request a special cleaner from a local contractor.
The quicker way to wash siding is to use a power washer (AKA pressure washer). You can buy a power washer or rent one for the day. However, we recommend hiring a professional if you want to go this route because incorrect power washing can strip paint and cause more damage. Professionals will rinse your siding and use a specially formulated soap to remove dirt and grime.
Schedule a Siding Cleaning and Treatment Today
A house siding cleaning will keep your home looking new, prevent your siding from needless damage, and keep up the market value of your home. If washing your home’s siding by hand doesn’t interest you, don’t worry. Restoring your siding from environmental wear is better done by professionals.
Willamette Power Roofing’s professional team offers siding cleaning and treatment in Portland and at an affordable price. Contact us today to learn more and schedule your siding cleaning.