Depending on the location you live, your siding should be cleaned every 2 to 4 years. The more humid the climate, the more often it should be washed. Why? Siding tends to have mold/algae rapidly grow on the surface, and it begins on the narrow underside of each run. One it gets started it overtakes one side, and then works its way all over the house. It can grow about anywhere on your house but most prevalent on the North side of your home. Maintenance is required to keep this algae at bay!
Although these dark spots and ugly black streaks on your roof may look like dirt, mildew, soot or mold, what they really are is algae. The most common type is known as gloeocapsa magma—also known as blue green algae. This algae growth usually begins as small spots and then eventually becomes visible streaks. By the time this algae is noticed by the homeowner, it has usually been on the roof at least two or more months. It can be cleaned safely though with the proper chemicals and equipment.
Gutter brightening is when after cleaning the organic matter (mold, mildew, algae & dirt) off the gutter, your gutter still looks dingy. To get that cleaned, you have to do a process called gutter brightening or whitening. You use a special chemical (Gutter Grenade) that is used to take away the oxidation that has accumulated over many years. This can only be done if your gutters are in overall good shape paint wise. We spray the chemical on, scrub with soft brush, then rinse with clean water.
The one trouble with not getting a professional gutter cleaning each year is the damage it can cause to your roof. The sediment can build up in your gutters and drainage system overflows and has nowhere else to flow but into your roof. Over time, the shingles and wood that make up your roof can begin to decompose and cause leaks. If leaks go untreated, it could create greater problems, like damage to the interior of your home. So call a professional to make sure your gutters are in good shape!
Spring or summer are good times to get your screens washed. Over time the screen takes on dirt, dust, bird droppings, pollen and spiderwebs. To remove all that debris from the screen, its good to use a mild detergent, brush and water. We use this Screen Washer above and it does all this for us in this compact piece of equipment. This insures a really clean screen when we're done with them. Oh, let me not forget, we wipe the frames down too after we're done washing them!
If and when you want to have pressure washing done at your residence or business, please call a professional. As you can see in this picture, this roof was damaged by someone that did not know what they were doing. Although you can find cheaper prices, sometimes you can get what you pay for, so be careful and make sure you hire a professional that has the knowledge and experience to get the job done correctly.
It's important to use the right chemicals for the surface you're cleaning. Otherwise you can damage the surface or just not remove the soil off the surface. Be careful too when mixing chemicals, as some can produce a reaction and create off gassing which can be dangerous. Here at Simply Clean we use a line of specialized professional products made for the industry we are in, also these chemicals provide awesome and safe results!
You want to protect your deck from the weather by either staining, sealing or painting it. Before you do that we recommend you prep accordingly so that stain, sealer or paint will adhere to your wood. This is a before and after picture of a deck we did prepped for finish. We use Sodium Percarbonate to clean and Citric Acid to Neutralize the wood. You should have many years on your deck if you do a little preventive maintenance.
Keeping your business clean adds to your business image. Windows is what most customers see right off the bat, among other things. Having your windows cleaned on a regular bases helps you to draw customers in!
Do you have Pavers that are dirty, filled with grass or algae? We can use a chemical to kill the algae and grass, then use a surface cleaner or wand to clean it up. It makes a huge difference in the look of your patio or walkway! Before and After picture above.