Charity Window Cleaning provides a pressure washing service to wash the exterior of your home. This service is quoted by the total square footage of your home. There are two pressure washing packages to choose from. Our first pressure washing package and most popular package is a soft wash that rinses dirt and debris from the exterior of your home. The second pressure washing package is for homes that require a deeper clean from oxidation sediment. If you don’t know which one your home requires please refer to the explanation listed below.
Why is pressure washing the exterior of your home important?
- Enhanced Curb Appeal: Over time, your home’s exterior can accumulate dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and stains from various sources such as pollution, pollen, and bird droppings. Pressure washing can remove these unsightly elements and restore the clean, fresh look of your home, improving its curb appeal.
- Preventative Maintenance: Regular pressure washing can help prevent long-term damage to your home’s exterior. Mold, mildew, and algae can deteriorate surfaces like siding, and pressure washing can prevent or slow down this process. Removing built-up dirt and debris can also help protect your paint or finish.
- Health and Safety: Mold, mildew, and algae can not only damage your home but also pose health risks. Pressure washing can remove these potential health hazards, creating a safer environment for your family.
- Prolong the Lifespan of Surfaces: Pressure washing can extend the life of various exterior surfaces, such as siding, decks, and driveways. Regular cleaning can prevent the need for premature replacements or costly repairs.
- Cost-Effective: Pressure washing is a cost-effective method of home maintenance. It’s typically more affordable than replacing or repainting surfaces and can increase the value of your home.
- Environmental Benefits: Cleaning your home’s exterior with pressure washing is a more environmentally friendly option compared to using harsh chemicals. It relies on the force of water to remove dirt and grime, which reduces the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
- Prep for Painting or Staining: If you plan to paint or stain the exterior of your home, pressure washing is an essential step. It helps create a clean, smooth surface for better paint or stain adherence.
- Improved Air Quality: A cleaner exterior can result in improved air quality around your home. Removing dirt, dust, and allergens can lead to a healthier living environment.
When using a pressure washer, it’s essential to use the appropriate pressure setting and technique for each surface to avoid damage. It’s often a good idea to hire a professional for this task, especially if you’re not experienced with pressure washing equipment, as using too much pressure or the wrong technique can harm your home’s surfaces.
How do I know if there is oxidation on the exterior of my home?
Oxidation on the exterior of your home typically occurs on metal surfaces, such as aluminum siding or metal roofing, and manifests as a chalky, powdery residue. Here’s how to identify if there is oxidation on these surfaces:
- Appearance: Oxidation often appears as a chalky, white or powdery substance on the surface of the metal. It may give the surface a dull or faded look.
- Rubbing Test: Gently rub your finger or a cloth across the surface. If a white or chalky residue comes off on your finger or cloth, it’s likely a sign of oxidation.
- Loss of Shine: Oxidation can cause metal surfaces to lose their shine or luster, making them appear dull and faded.
- Discoloration: Oxidation can sometimes result in discoloration, with affected areas appearing white or grayish compared to the rest of the surface.
- Peeling or Flaking Paint: If your home’s metal surfaces are painted, oxidation can cause the paint to peel or flake as it loses adhesion to the metal underneath.
- Rough Texture: Oxidation can make the surface feel rough or uneven to the touch.
If you suspect oxidation on the exterior of your home, it’s important to address it promptly to prevent further damage. Oxidation occurs when the protective coating on the metal breaks down due to exposure to the elements. To address oxidation, you can consider the following steps:
- Cleaning: Begin by cleaning the affected area with a mild detergent and water to remove loose oxidation and dirt. Rinse thoroughly.
- Light Abrasion: For mild cases of oxidation, you can use a non-abrasive scrub pad or cloth to gently remove the chalky residue.
- Repainting or Refinishing: If the oxidation has caused paint to peel or flake, you may need to repaint or refinish the affected metal surface. Be sure to use appropriate primers and paints suitable for metal surfaces.
- Protective Coatings: To prevent future oxidation, consider applying a protective coating or sealant designed for metal surfaces. This can help shield the metal from moisture and air, reducing the risk of further oxidation.
If the oxidation is extensive or you’re unsure how to handle it, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional contractor or painter experienced in dealing with oxidized metal surfaces. They can assess the damage and recommend the best course of action for restoring and protecting the affected areas.