Maintaining Your Home’s Exterior: Don’t Paint Yet– Wash It!

low pressure house washing york, soft washing yorkWhen you drive home tonight, take notice of your block, your street, your neighbors and your home. Do you need to paint, or is it just time to clean up the exterior? A quality paint job should last about ten years. However, washing a house every few years removes accumulated mildew and brings back curb appeal to your street.

Whether you are planning to sell your home or not, keeping your home up to the neighborhood standards is vital to maintaining your home value. Research shows that ‘curb appeal’ can have up to a 15% effect on the resale amount.

Softer Options Over Pressure Washing?

Keeping your home’s exterior clean is extremely important. Not only does it keep your home attractive, but it also keeps it healthy by eliminating mold, mildew, fungus, dirt, and grime. When you do have your home’s exterior professionally cleaned, you’ll need to decide whether you should have it pressure washed or soft washed.

Pressure washing is a strong and forceful way to remove dirt and other bacteria from the exterior of buildings, however, the powerful nature can also cause a lot of damage. Not only does the blast of the pressure washer chip away at paint and damage roofs, but it also blasts the surface level bacteria, fungi, and algae, perhaps spreading it further across the home or embedding it deeper into the exterior.

Soft washing is a non-forceful, detergent-based method to kill the contaminants. Unlike pressure washing, low pressure soft washing applies less pressure with a water-based, biodegradable cleaning solution that disinfects and safely removes dirt, mold and mildew, algae, and other bacteria. A soft wash incorporates special low-pressure nozzles on the end of a pressure washing gun or wand plus a biodegradable chemical that removes the biological elements and other stains without damaging surfaces on your home or killing your plants.

Not only does low-pressuresure washing methods refresh the siding; it can safely clean the roof, deck, patio, and fences. It also maintains paint and masonry longer. Soft washing is recommended for surfaces like:

  • Cedar shake
  • Asphalt roofs
  • Wood panel siding
  • Stucco and coquina
  • Screens, screened enclosures, and lanais

When To Use Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses a wand that expels water at 2,500 PSI (pounds per square inch) or more. When you have a ton of grime built up over the years, using this strong force can blast it away! Pressure washing is best for use on surfaces such as concrete sidewalks, driveways, walkways, and paved patios. Depending on the mortar, it can be preferable on brick, stone, and other durable surfaces.

Soft Washing Services In York

A professional low-pressure washing company like Mummert Home Services will know exactly what combination and nozzle extensions to use to achieve the proper pressure, volume and chemical mixture to clean all surfaces thoroughly, effectively, and safely.

Mummert Home Services is a locally owned and operated company serving York, PA, and the surrounding areas. Mummert always uses industry best cleaning methods and advanced equipment to make your home shine.