Deep Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior: Power Washing 101

Power wash cleaning for home

Just like the interior of your home, the exterior also needs attention to keep it looking its best, including an occasional cleaning. One of the most effective ways to clean exteriors is through power washing.

Power washing will quickly and efficiently clean away dirt, mildew, pollen, old paint and other residue and works well on most homes, including those with vinyl, wood, brick, and stucco siding. Power washing is also a great way to clean roofs and gutters, as well as decks and patios. We also recommend power washing driveways and walkways as they can become slippery when dirt, mold or moss accumulates. Power washing can also often remove stubborn oil stains from driveways.

Many homeowners who are contemplating re-painting their home are often pleasantly surprised to discover that their paint is actually fine once the years of dirt and grime have been washed away. Regular power washing can also save you money down the road by greatly reducing rot, decay and premature aging of your home. A clean home will instantly boost curb appeal, and if you are putting your home on the market, power washing is one of the easiest and most budget-friendly methods of increasing your home’s value. According to the National Association of Realtors, a home that has been power washed can typically expect to increase in value by $10,000-$15,000. Wow! That’s a great ROI (return on investment) for home sellers.

While it is possible for DIY types to clean their home’s exterior by renting a power washer, you will get the best results by hiring professionals such as Octagon Cleaning & Restoration. For one, power washers shoot a very powerful stream of water and you could inadvertently damage your home if you are not careful. Homeowners may also not be aware of all the necessary precautions they need to take. For example, if water is accidentally sprayed behind vinyl siding, joints and corners it could cause wood rot if your home is missing a proper weather barrier. Professional cleaners are certified and know the proper safety procedures to follow, plus work with professional-grade cleaning solutions.

Power washing is an excellent way to get your home as clean as possible, and ready for all the challenges that a New England winter brings. If you live in Maine, New Hampshire or eastern Massachusetts and are interested in learning more about cleaning the exterior of your home through power washing, we are now booking fall appointments at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration. You can reach us at (207) 893-0002 in Maine and (603) 239-2100 in New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts.