House Cleaning

Posted on Thu Nov 5th, 2020 at 8:09 pm


Every day, when I am out walking my dogs, I cannot help but notice how many homes have a significant amount of algae growth on the siding. The north side does not get as much sun exposure and does not dry out quickly leaving opportunity for the home to develop unsightly algae growth. Luckily, my home faces south, so the appearance to most people never diminishes. However, I see the backside and cannot stand that algae growth.


My wife and I just got done cleaning our home. I recruited her this year so we could get it done a little quicker, but overall, it is not a job that takes a lot of time. Siding cleaner comes in a bottle that mounts to the end of your garden hose. Just spray on the cleaner, let it stand for a minute and then rinse it off. Occasionally, you run into a stubborn spot and may need to scrub a little, but for the most part, the dirt just washes right off. Make sure to start from the bottom, if you start from the top, the cleaner may etch the dirt below into the siding as it runs down.


It is also important to rinse that cleaner off the windows quickly, especially if the sun is hitting the window. If you let the cleaner dry on the windows, it can etch the surface. This is where two people came in handy. My wife cleaned the house while I came behind her to clean the windows.


I strongly encourage people to clean their house at least every couple of years. It provides a great opportunity to examine the condition of your home and to identify any issues that may need repair. Concentrate on the condition of the wood to find peeling paint that needs to be touched up. Exposed wood can begin to rot quickly and needs to be covered. If any wood has begun to rot, now is the time to identify it and get it replaced. It is also a great time to identify damaged siding that may need to be repaired or replaced.


The windows will also get a closer look at this time. Check for any loose trim, rotted wood, or signs of broken seals. Broken seals can be identified by moisture between the panes of glass. It is possible that the moisture is not visible but can lead to the development of mold. This is often difficult to see at the early stages but will become unsightly over time. This is primarily an aesthetic issue so you can wait until it gets bad, but it will get to the point that you can barely see through the window. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done for a broken seal on a window, the glass will need to be replaced.


Maybe it is just me, but I always get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing my home looking like new. It is amazing how much more natural light comes through after the windows have been cleaned.

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