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Pressure Washing Stucco Homes

If you own a stucco home, then you know that they can get very dirty. Grease and grime can easily hide in the textured walls of these homes making them look ugly and in disrepair. While some experts say that you should never pressure wash stucco, pressure washing the exterior of your stucco home can make it look fantastic. There are important things you need to remember along the way.

Repair Cracks

Before you can pressure wash your stucco house, you must make sure that you have no cracks. If you find any, then you must repair them before you can pressure wash your home. If you choose to not repair the cracks, then water can get inside causing mold, mildew and other problems. You should wait at least a week after you repair the cracks before pressure washing your building to make sure that everything has a chance to set up properly.

Apply Detergent

The next step is to apply detergent. It is best to work in small sections. Start at the bottom of the house and work your way up. Overlap areas because otherwise, you can leave dirty areas or streaks behind. Use low-pressure because you want to give the detergent a chance to stick to the wall, and if you use high pressure, it will just bounce off. After you apply the detergent, then let the area sit for 10 minutes.

Rinse

The next step is to rinse off the detergent. It is important to start in an inconspicuous area because using improper pressure can damage the stucco. Generally, you will want to keep the pressure between 1,500 and 2,500 pounds-per-square-inch. Keep the wand at least 24-inches away from your stucco wall. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom making sure to wash off all the detergent. Be very careful around windows because the pressure from the washer can damage them.

Stubborn Stains

If you have rust or other hard-to-remove stains on your stucco, then you may have to brush these off using a special cleaning agent. Always use a soft brush to avoid damaging the stucco’s texture. Then, go back over the area with the pressure washer to remove the detergent.

Finish the Job

If you tackle this job on your own, then you can expect to be very tired by the end of the process. When you step back, however, you may notice many other areas around your home or business that needs to be power washed. These surfaces include rust left by your irrigation equipment, your concrete walkways and driveways, and your roof.

Instead of sweating in the Florida sun, hire pressure washing contractors in Maitland FL. Give Ragin Cajun a call at 407-535-1290. Since they are open from 7 AM to 10 PM, they are probably open now, so give this pressure washing contractor in Maitland, FL a call.