Cleaning my home from the outside?! Is that even a thing? But seriously, we must take extra into consideration the exterior of our homes as well as the interior. You can’t have only half of our homes looking spotless, while the other half is dirty beyond reason – it is just not aesthetically pleasing. Whether or not you decide to give your home the ‘deluxe’ treatment is entirely up to you; but cleaning the outside of your home, even if it’s just a little bit, will tremendously improve the overall outlook of the venue – and add value to your home as well. You can achieve all that, and much more, but only if you follow a few simple tips:
Tip #1 Don’t Buy Detergents
Buying detergents is what keeps wealthy business owners living in luxury. Buying detergents also doesn’t help you improve your home in any significant way. You will need some cleaning agents, but most of them can be found in most kitchen drawers anyway. We will be using bleach; baking soda; white vinegar and of course – water. Don’t bother getting caustic degreasers or anything of the sort (unless your home is exceptionally dirty), in which case you better call a professional home cleaning company.
Tip #2 Get a Pressure Washer
Buying a pressure washer is a smart and wise investment. Nothing cleans “non-delicate materials” like hot water; especially if it is coming under high pressure (2000 PSI or so). A contraption such as this can save you countless hours of scrubbing, applying detergents and scrubbing like crazy; you just turn on the device and let the water do all the work, while you kick back and enjoy the fun. Of course, before doing anything to your home, it is a good idea to test the machine on some part of the house that isn’t very noticeable (just in case the paint comes off along with the dirt). Clean the outside of your home, making sure that you don’t break any windows while you are at it.
Tip #3 Clean Spots/Stains Using White Vinegar, Baking Soda Or Bleach
Sometimes we cannot get everything with water alone – hence we will use white vinegar in combination with baking soda to treat lighter discolorations. Deeper contaminants can be removed using bleach, but that depends on the color of your house (use bleach only on white surfaces). Begin by making a diluted vinegar solution, using one cup of pure, distilled vinegar and one cup of warm water. Place the solution inside a spray bottle and apply generously to the infected areas. Let it sit like that for at least 15 minutes before going over with your pressure washer. If that doesn’t help, mix one cup of baking soda with about a quarter cup of water. In the end you should have a paste that is easy to spread but not fluid enough that it falls off the sides of your house. Smear the paste evenly and wait – this time for at least an hour. Pressure wash the paste and you are done. Last but not least, you can treat white-painted wood with bleach – this will remove any dark discolorations and make your facade much more pleasant to look at. Just don’t leave the bleach in for too long – it could damage the wood.
Author Bio: Peter Davis is passionate blogger and writer keen on different topics likes cleaning. He currently works for http://www.domesticcleanlondon.com/house-cleaning/maida-hill-cleaning-service-W9.html and has the time he needs to write for his readers.