We know, we know, you just got done spring cleaning the inside of your home, and the garage could probably use a good re-organizing. But, the exterior of your home is the first impression that people get when they visit, so why not give them a good first impression with sparkling stucco?! Here are some tips to giving a good summer cleaning to your stucco and EIFS.
Tips for cleaning the exterior of your home
When it comes to cleaning any type of siding, including stucco and EIFS, there are two general rules of thumb that apply: wait for a cloudy (but not rainy) day, and work in small sections at a time. Mostly, this is to prevent the cleaners to dry out before you get the chance to rinse them off.
And now, let’s talk Stucco cleaning…
Because stucco tends to have a rough, absorbent surface it is excellent at hanging on to dust, dirt and grime. Once you get to scrubbing, you may find that the stain is deeper than it first appeared. So when you prepare to clean your stucco surface, prepare to do a lot of scrubbing.
- Soak the area you are starting with with a garden hose
- Scrub, scrub, scrub with a mild detergent and water solution
- Use a soft brush – stucco may feel hard, but it’s not very thick, so don’t use too much pressure
- Hose off the detergent and you’re done.
There is of course also the option of power washing your stucco, but be careful because the powerful spray can end up puncturing and damaging your stucco if you point the sprayer directly at the wall, so this is no task for your kids! It sounds fun, but it must be done carefully.
Independent and third party Stucco, EIFS and stone inspection specialists in Colorado
As you’re cleaning your stucco, EIFs and stone cladding if you find faults and cracks it’s time to call in an inspection specialist to determine the cause and extent of the damage. The biggest danger to faulty or poorly installed stucco, EIFS and stone cladding is allowing moisture into your home.
Any cladding, be it stucco, EIFS, or stone is susceptible to moisture issues. The special application and nature of stucco, EIFS and stone claddings makes it difficult to inspect for moisture issues. When it comes to inspecting your Colorado home for moisture or installation problems you always want to hire someone who specializes in stucco.
Schedule an inspection or call (303) 875-5843 for immediate assistance anywhere in Colorado, including mountain communities.