Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Mother Nature certainly seems to have a lot of the former. Your home’s exterior surfaces are vulnerable to the elements as they keep you protected, and can suffer a lot of wear over time. This is a problem when you’re ready to put your home on the housing market but don’t have a huge budget for renovations! Luckily, cleanliness is a great way to increase curb appeal and get through the grit to determine what needs fixing and what just needs a touch-up. Here’s our list of exterior surfaces to clean when selling your home– and whether they can be power washed safely.
The House Itself
Siding is a biggie when it comes to bringing your home’s exterior up to scratch! Get rid of any mold, mildew, pollen, dirt, dust, clay, pollutants, and general grime with a good power wash. Just remember to watch the windows and any surrounding greenery!
Decks and Porches
Decks and porches are a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal, and you can’t have them looking gritty! Concrete porches, front steps, and stoops are best cleaned with a careful power wash, but decks are a bit more complicated. Natural wood decking can be power washed, but only using lower water pressure (soft wash) to avoid splinters and gouges. They’ll also need to be resealed or stained afterwards. Composite or low-maintenance decking can be power washed as well, although you should be able to get some stains off with good old soap, water, and sponges.
Fencing follows much of the same rules as decking– take extra care when power washing wooden materials and remember that you’ll need to repaint the wood afterwards. Of course, this will only make your property look even better, but keep the extra step in mind as you plan your cleaning schedule!
Goodbye, oil and rust stains! Scour your concrete garage floor, patio, or pool deck with a thorough power wash. You might be surprised at how clean your concrete can look!
Garden Walls and Masonry
Don’t forget the garden! Paver, flagstone, or brick patios, retaining walls, and walkways can all be power washed with a gentle soft wash technique. Clear up the dirt stains from garden soil and rainstorms to return their original luster! You’ll also want to watch for weeds sneaking up between pavers.
Doors and Windows
For these, power washing is obviously not the way to go– but soap, water, and a bit of glass cleaner will do the trick nicely.
Don’t forget any benches, tables, chairs, or other outdoor furniture while making the rounds! Wipe each piece down and consider repainting or getting rid of anything that’s facing a particularly deep amount of wear.
Driveways and Sidewalks
If your driveway hasn’t developed the cracks and fissures that necessitate a resealing, give them a good washing! Concrete driveways and sidewalks are both good power washing candidates.
Whether you prefer a professional car wash or a bit of dish soap and the garden hose, it’s time to get your car clean! Everything on your property will reflect on your home, whether consciously or unconsciously, so don’t leave your vehicle by the wayside.
Sheds and Playground Equipment
Don’t forget the backyard! Believe it or not, childrens’ swing sets can be power washed. And if it’s made of vinyl, aluminum, cedar, stone, asbestos, stucco, or brick, so can your garden shed! And if you find yourself facing a surface that isn’t safe to power wash, just remember: dish soap, the garden hose, and a scrub brush can work wonders.
Ready For a Power Wash?
Peak Power Wash has been offering power washing services to the Carroll, Baltimore, Howard, and Frederick county areas of Maryland (as well as York and Adams counties of Pennsylvania) since 1998. We are a family-owned-and-operated business based in Westminster, Maryland that prides itself in quality workmanship and customer satisfaction above all else. If it’s time for your home’s exterior to get a good cleaning, give us a call at 443-686-WASH (9274) or fill out our quick online form here for a free estimate. We look forward to working with you!