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!
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!
This is a question I often hear as a window cleaner. The short answer is no, rain doesn’t make your windows dirty... dirt does. Many people blame the rain because it leaves spots on the glass but this happens because the rain simply collected dirt that was already on the glass and left it behind after it evaporated. But if your windows have just been cleaned the rain will not leave any water spots because it’s pure water with no dissolvable solids. So it will evaporate clean, no worries.
A Low Pressure Warm Water House Wash is an easy and inexpensive way to add big curb appeal to your home. Over time organic matter (Algae, Mildew, Mold, Dirt) stick to your homes surfaces, whether that's brick or vinyl. It starts to build up and look unsightly. We use low pressure to remove this "organic matter" from your home. The chemicals we use kill the organic matter and the low warm water pressure rinses it away, so there's no damage to your surfaces. It makes a big difference!
So why does this happen? Most windows older than 15 years are at a higher risk of fogging due to their age. I've also seen windows less than 2 years old which had fogging, there are several reasons why, here are some of those:
1. Poor installation the seals were damaged in the process of installing the window 2. Low quality windows 3. Manufacturing error, coming bad from the maker of the window. 4. A small crack in the window itself.
The UV or sun is very hard on painted metals. Over time the top layer of paint gets "oxidized" and fades. You will feel and see on your hands a white chalky powder when you run your hands on the door. This is the failed paint on your door. You can remove it with a chemical and a soft brush. You have to be careful not to remove all the paint on the door by leaving the chemical on too long or brushing too aggressively. You can see the difference in the picture here, the dark color is cleaned. Wow!
Artillery fungus, or shotgun fungus, is a wood-decay fungus that likes to live on moist landscape mulch. The worst thing about this fungus is that it shoots spores up to 20 feet, which often land on siding, cars and anything else that surrounds the mulch. This fungus is hard to remove from vinyl, you can lighten it but not totally remove it. It will come off windows with a specialized stainless steel window scrapper. Best way to deal with it is, don't put mulch around your house, if possible.
Sometimes your screens just need the screen material replaced. Over time the UV rays, weather and accidental damage cause the screening to compromise. If not repaired and you open your windows for fresh air, you could be allowing in insects or other unwanted visitors. Check your screens yearly for damage, it's not costly to remove the old screen and spline and replace with new. It also looks better too! Simply Clean uses top notch replacement screen and spline when we do repair screens.
Does your contractor carry a SDS manual? It's an important binder to have on you as a contractor. This helps us know what to do in an emergency with the chemicals we use at your property. This is a safety feature not only to us but to your family and pets too. You never know when you might need it, as accidents can happen. This SDS or Safety Data Sheets guides us on what to do when or if we encounter cleaning chemicals in a situation and need help, this directs us on the care that is needed.