Southwest Florida is a beautiful place to live, but the warm weather and humidity can take a toll on your home’s exterior. If you’re looking to keep your home looking its best, professional pressure cleaning is a great option. But how long will it last before you must do it again?
The lifespan of a professional pressure cleaning in Southwest Florida will vary depending on several factors, including the type of surface that is cleaned, the severity of the dirt and grime, how much shade you have around your property, the climate, and even what direction the side of the home faces. In general, however, you can expect a professional pressure cleaning to last for about 6-12 months.
What can you do to help your professional pressure cleaning last longer? We are so glad you asked!
- Avoid using harsh chemicals on your home’s exterior. Harsh chemicals can damage the surface and shorten the lifespan of your pressure cleaning. This means a high concentration of chemicals is not good, you’ll want to use a company that dilutes their product at the maximum amount if they are using liquid chlorine.
- Regularly rinse your home’s exterior. This will help to prevent dirt and grime from building up. Yes, it will look like you are watering your home in hopes that it will grow, sadly it won’t, but it will rinse away the organic material that microbes feed on.
- If you live in an area with a lot of trees, be sure to have your gutters cleaned regularly. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris can cause water damage to your home’s exterior and if it backs up even your home’s interior.
- If you have a concrete driveway or patio, be sure to seal it after it has been pressure cleaned. This will help to protect the surface from the elements and extend the lifespan of your pressure cleaning. When you seal you can easily rinse away dirt and debris rather than it collecting in the pores of the pavers for hungry microbes.
By following these tips, you can help your professional pressure cleaning last longer and keep your home looking its best for years to come.
Due to the Humidity and Extreme heat in Southwest Florida factors that affect how often you clean are DIFFERENT than up north.
These factors are reasons we clean more often here:
The warm weather and humidity in Southwest Florida can help microbes breed which will accelerate the breakdown of the surfaces on your home’s exterior. This means that you may need to have your home pressure cleaned more often in this climate than in a cooler climate. Typically the best time to clean is after the rainy season and after pollen season.
Shade, moisture, and Direction:
We all know that things like to breed in darker areas, so shade helps to protect the microbes and allow it to thrive. Not only does shade from trees provide the perfect breeding ground but it also provides the moisture needed as a temperature buffer in this climate. And to top it all off, the north and east side of the home will show the growing organisms first since they get the least amount of sun.
Location, Location, Location:
Believe it or not this matters (that’s why we said it three times!), not only is shade a factor like we discussed above, you also have to think about moisture from the water. Are you near the ocean or a canal where condensation will have more of an effect on your home? And what about dust and debris in HOA’s from landscapers or new construction? This can also be a huge factor in the cleanliness of your home.
The type of surface that is cleaned:
Cleaning of concrete surfaces will typically last longer than wood or siding surfaces. This is because concrete is more resistant to damage from the elements. Painted or sealed surfaces also last longer than surfaces that are not protected by a coating.
The severity of the dirt and grime:
The more dirt and grime that is on your home’s exterior, the longer it will take to clean and the shorter the lifespan of your pressure cleaning will be. In other words, if you haven’t been maintaining your home it will deteriorate faster and become stained as a result of the lack of attention you have given it.
If you’re looking for a professional pressure washing company in Southwest Florida, be sure to do your research and get quotes from several different companies. This will help you find the best company for your needs and budget. Hoover Pressure Cleaning is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free estimate, most times in a matter of just a few minutes! Call today! 941-687-6886