The outside appearance and usability of your home including decks, siding, concrete and other outdoor surfaces can make a big difference to your lifestyle. If concrete in your front yard is covered with oil stains, the curb appeal of your home goes down. The same can be said for backyard decks and patios that may be covered with food and weather stains. You may spend a lot on your interior decor, but if your yard looks dirty, it will detract from the overall appearance of your home.
Pressure washing and concrete sealing are the best way to keep your outdoor surfaces bright and shiny, but if the job is not done properly, it can cause more problems than it solves.
Cleaning outdoor areas is an art. It requires careful handling of the power washer, so it doesn’t gouge surfaces while still removing the dirt. A good company will use eco-friendly cleaners that won’t harm children and pets and will pre-soak the surface to loosen the dirt, oil and stains before washing them away. If you try to do it yourself, you could harm your plants in the process or fail to add a sealer to help the surfaces stay clean longer.
Wood is another outdoor feature that becomes stained from weather, food and pets. The damage can be impossible to fix requiring a professional carpenter to replace the rotting pieces. Pressure washing can really harm wooden surfaces if it is not done properly. A good company will kill any mold and mildew that has grown on the wood and clean it without damaging it. They may also be able to add a sealant to bring the wood back to its natural beauty.
Homeowners should think twice about doing the pressure washing themselves. It may seem like they are saving money, but the results could be disastrous. They will need to call professionals to clean the mess and make the surfaces look good again. Also, a good company will know the right amount of pressure for each surface. Too much pressure can damage any surface even concrete and too little won’t do the job.