How to clean your house.

And in this case I mean the outside of your house. A glance from a distance, and it probably looks OK. But look closely and you’ll notice that dirt, dust and other unmentionable detritus has gathered to spoil the appearance of your pride and joy.

A hose and a broom?

No, that is not going to do the best job. And it will wear you out before very long. A hose with a bit of muscle is what you need. And that means ….

Pressure cleaning.

You’ve probably seen it being done to concrete paths or driveways, and the result is a shiny clean strip of concrete. This is what you can do to your house as well. Except that you need to follow some rules so that you don’t do damage. You need to inspect the surfaces to make sure there is no way that the water can enter the building. Look at the eaves and the window frames. Be aware of what water pressure can do to the materials your house is made of, and whether you need to ease down on the strength of the water depending on the fragility of the surfaces. Water alone might do the job, but you should also be aware of what chemicals or cleaning solutions could be used for tougher problems.

Remember to consider the ground outside the house, and any plants, landscaping, furniture, etc that might be in the way. Keep the dogs, cats, and children out of the way as well.

So if you are confident that you know all about pressure washing, all about the types of materials used in your house’s construction, and all about the extra cleaning power of the various additives available for use, then away you go. If you are not so confident, there are people who will do this for you. It’s their job, they know exactly what to do.

So what is the best time to do this house cleaning

There will always be dust and dirt, brought in by the wind, from construction areas, roadworks, factories, vehicles, and the wide open spaces. We are in a hot and dry country. Dust storms are not unknown. This would make you think, what’s the use? But by the same argument, why do we mow the lawn, wash the car, wash ourselves …..? Giving your house a good, proper wash will bring the brightness back into your life. And give your home a new lease on life.

Selling

If you are selling your house, what better, and easier, way to improve its appearance is there? Easier than repainting, and a good wash will bring out the colours that are there. If you are taking photos for the advertising brochure, do it when the house is still damp; the colours are more vibrant.

Spring

A dry winter could allow the dirt and dust in the air to collect. Rain does not always get rid of it. After a dry spell, a house wash must be beneficial.

Pest control

Wash before you do a pesticide treatment, as the pesticide will likely remain on the clean, dry surface. And don’t wash immediately after a pest treatment.