As a property manager or homeowner, what is one thing that’s incredibly important but also often forgotten? If you guessed exterior cleaning, then you would be right! Taking care of the exterior of your property is something that needs to be handled not only for curb appeal but also for the safety of the building. We’ve compiled a list of tips that we think you should know when it comes to cleaning the exterior of your property. Take a look and see if anything helps!
Power washing, also sometimes called pressure washing, is a miracle worker when it comes to improving the look of your home or building’s exterior. This system uses high water pressure to blast dirt, fungus, stains, and more from your building’s surfaces. It can be used on most materials without damage, though it could end up wearing away in the long run.
We also want to point out that while you can do power washing yourself, it is usually best to have a pro take care of this. It can become a bit hazardous if not handled properly. For instance, it creates a slip hazard as you work. A professional will also know the best method to clean your property without damaging it, as well as get all of the nooks and crannies cleaned.
While you may not see it as often, your roof still needs some TLC when it comes to keeping it clean. Having a well-kempt roof will improve your curb appeal and resell value, as well as help ensure the continued functionality of your roof. Keeping your roof clean will prevent mold growth, which will protect you and your family. Doing regular cleanings will also mean that you can inspect for damage before it becomes a real problem.
When it comes to roof cleaning, our tip is to let a pro handle it. It can get dangerous. The best method? Softwashing, which we’ll talk about a little later.
It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Cleaning out the gutters is a part of roof cleaning, but it’s definitely a task all on its own. Maintaining your gutters will help to protect your home from water damage, so keeping them cleared is crucial. While it’s always smart to let a pro take care of this, you can technically do this one yourself with less risk than most other items on this list. Work in a pair, as this will be safer and make the job easier. Use a tarp under the gutter you’re working on and toss the debris down, where the person on the ground can scoop it up to throw away.
You should also look into getting gutter covers of some sort, which will help block leaves and twigs from getting in and clogging up the drains. The type you’ll need will depend on where you live, so remember to do your research!
Now that we’ve talked about the “big 3” of exterior cleaning, let’s get into a couple of smaller (but just as important) tasks that help keep your property in good shape.
The low-key cousin of pressure washing, softwashing uses the power of chemicals rather than high pressure to get your surfaces clean. The formula used for this process is non-toxic, so it’s safe to use on any building. The best part is that this strategy is better for keeping the integrity of your building’s materials. For example, brick may be able to handle pressure washing, but it will eventually start to wear away. Softwashing, on the other hand, gets the building even cleaner than just using high water pressure to blast things off.
If your property has a lot of metal in its design, then you need to be making sure that you are keeping it clean and free of rust. While rust is certainly unattractive both on the metal and along the walls, it is more importantly corrosive. This means that it makes the metal far more brittle and prone to breakage. Here are some tips on keeping it fresh:
- Pressure washing at low pressure is a good method.
- Have a regular inspection schedule to check for damage and plan repairs/cleaning.
- Make sure that whatever solution you use will work on the metal on your building.
After going through all of these tips that we’ve shared today, we hope that you’ve learned a thing or two. Our biggest recommendation: hire a pro to take care of these tasks. They know best. Take some of these and give them a try if you haven’t yet. Keeping the exterior of your property clean is key to a healthy and beautiful property, either personal or rental. Now get out there and keep it clean, folks.