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Stucco and Siding Maintenance Tips – Refresh Your Home’s Exterior for Summer

By January 30, 2021 No Comments

The stucco exterior of a house

 

For homeowners, maintenance and upkeep is never limited to just the interior of the house. Since the warmer weather of spring is just a few months away, this is a good time to start thinking about getting your home’s exterior ready for the new season. With that in mind, here are a few tips to keep different kinds of siding clean:

1. Stucco Siding

For a number of reasons, stucco is by far the most popular choice of material for siding. It’s relatively inexpensive, requires little ongoing maintenance and is available in a wide range of colours. However, being a porous material, stucco can collect dirt, become stained and develop holes that need to be filled.

For basic cleaning, you can use the spray function on your garden hose. Dampen the stucco by misting it with the hose, then change the setting to a stronger spray and spray the entire area from top to bottom. This will get rid of any accumulated dust & dirt.

More thorough treatment should best be left to the professionals. To keep the exterior in pristine shape, consider having it professionally inspected and cleaned ideally twice and at least once a year.

2. Wood Siding

Similar to stucco, dirt and debris can be easily cleaned off wood sidings using a garden hose’s spray setting. To avoid damage from moisture, remember to trim any trees and plants that have leaves coming in contact with the siding. Insect infestations can be avoided by regularly spraying insecticide.

Due to the substantial cost and high maintenance needs of wood siding, an annual inspection and cleaning is a must.

3. Vinyl Siding

You can clean minor stains on vinyl siding with a mixture of water and vinegar in a ratio of 70:30. For tougher stains, use a household cleaner such as Lysol or Windex.

For vinyl siding, annual inspections and cleaning generally depend on how dirty it gets. It’s wise to get a professional consultation to determine if the vinyl siding used in your house needs it.

A garden hose spraying water

At Wash Pros Exterior Cleaning, our team of experts has years of experience in providing efficient and reliable exterior cleaning services in British Columbia. We work with our clients’ needs in mind to get them the as-good-as-new exterior they want. From siding cleaning in Port Alberni and roof cleaning in Parksville to pressure washing in Qualicum and window cleaning in Nanaimo, we’ve got your exterior cleaning needs covered!

Contact us today for a FREE estimate!

 

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