With the current state of the world, you may rightfully be concerned about keeping the inside of your home sanitized — but have you ever thought about the sanitary conditions on the exterior of your home? Cleaning the outside of your house helps keep your home looking fresh, while also preventing potentially harmful organisms like mold from working their way inside. If you’re staying at home much more often lately, it might be a good time to work on your house cleaning projects, including your exterior surfaces. Keep reading our latest blog post to learn more about what unhealthy substances to scrub off of your home, the best exterior cleaning products and how to safely clean your home’s exterior.
Algae, Mold, Mildew — and How to Eliminate Them
In Central Ohio’s warm and humid climate, it’s easy for green stuff to build upon the side of your house and other outdoor surfaces. Common forms can include algae, mold and mildew. When it comes to algae, the only thing you’ll have to worry about if left untreated for a long period of time is the algae deeply embedding itself and creating a difficult-to-remove stain. Buildup of mold and mildew can lead to more serious health concerns, however, especially for the interior of your home. Algae, mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark environments, which is why you’re more likely to find these substances growing on the north side of your home or any spot consistently covered in shade. The combination of regular dirt building up can feed your growing green stuff problem.
So, what can you do to get rid of green buildup on your home’s exterior, and what can you do to keep it from spreading in the first place? The first step is having the outside of your house thoroughly cleaned at a minimum of once yearly. However, you may also want to keep up your exterior house cleaning on a more frequent and regular basis.
Know Your Cleaning Options
Cleaning the exterior of your home isn’t the same as cleaning the interior. It’s important to understand the differences between your cleaning solution options, as well as cleaning methods. Different cleaners exist for different purposes and different surfaces. Purposes of exterior cleaning solutions include dirt removal, sanitization and disinfection. Exterior surfaces will also require different cleaning techniques and tools to effectively clean them without also causing damage. Siding on your home can’t be cleaned in the same way as your driveway, for example.
This also leads to the differences between pressure washing and power washing. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, they actually refer to different cleaning methods and equipment. Pressure washing is generally the safer choice in terms of damage risk for softer or smaller surfaces. Larger and more hard surfaces, especially those which have a thick buildup of that green stuff, will require the more intense power washing.
Exterior Cleaning Services Done the Right Way the First Time
The best way to guarantee that your exterior surfaces will be cleaned safely, thoroughly and without damage is to enlist the help of professional pressure washing services. At Ohio Power Washing, it’s right in our name! Our trained professionals have the skill and experience to ensure the exterior of your Central Ohio home is thoroughly cleaned. To learn more about our exterior cleaning services, contact us through our website or give us a call at 614-465-6479.