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Professional Outdoor Rust Stain Removal

Rust stained surfaces can make even the most well-maintained properties appear dilapidated and run down. Restoring these surfaces and cleaning them while preventing damage can be a difficult and intimidating task without the right knowledge, tools, and products on your side. Follow along to learn more about rust and the best ways to professionally remove it from all types of surfaces around your property.

What is Rust and How Does it Form?

Rust is a reddish –brown chemical compound made when iron and oxygen react with moisture.  Other chemical compounds found in substances like acid rain, seawater and the salt-loaded spray applied to snowy roads tend to speed the process of rusting and other forms of corrosion. If left unattended, rust can ultimately begin to eat away at surfaces and permanently affect their appearance and even structural integrity.

Best Ways to Remove Rust Stains

Soft Washing

Soft Washing uses a low-pressure combination of water and safe, compatible cleaning chemicals to treat and remove organic matter such as mildew, rust, mold, algae, fungus, and spider webs from exterior surfaces. Surfaces that should be soft washed rather than pressure washed include wood siding, stucco, roof shingles, windows, and window screens.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses a high-pressure stream of water to remove all types of common debris including loose paint, rust, mold, grime, dust, mud, and even chewing gum from outside objects. Rusted surfaces that are safe to pressure wash include hardwood decks, concrete, brick, and vinyl siding.

Worst Ways to Remove Rust Stains

Bleach

Bleach has finally met its match and, surprisingly, it’s ordinary rust! One of the main ingredients in bleach is sodium hypochlorite, an oxidizing agent that will actually create more rust when applied to rusty surfaces or fabrics.

Vinegar

Despite contrary belief, cleaning rusted surfaces with vinegar can actually speed up rusting because it contains a dilute form of acetic acid. If this acid is in fact used on rust-prone objects, it will need to be neutralized in order to stop the corrosive process from continuing any further.

Final Thoughts

Unlike other rust removers, soft and pressure washing does not contain acids that could potentially damage or discolor surfaces for good. Commercial and residential property owners in South Baltimore can trust Hydra Pressure Washing LLC for exterior cleaning services focused on rust, dirt, mold, and other common outdoor stain removal. Visit our website for a full list of our services or contact us 24/7 at (410) 977-1357 for more information.

Getting Rid of Driveway Stains

Driveways not only bear the brunt of vehicles, foot traffic, and weather from all seasons, but plenty of accidental spills too. Although driveway stains are often common and unavoidable, there’s no questioning how big of an eye sore they are. Ridding your driveway of all its stains can be a tough job without help, but the reward will be great.

Wet Stains

Whether you’ve spilled fruit punch or have an oil leak, any type of wet stain must first be dried as well as possible. In most cases this will involve saturating the area with an absorbent, grease fighting powder such as laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, or even cat litter. After letting the powder absorb the moisture for several hours you can sweep up, dispose of it, and move on to the next step.

Dry Stains

Now that the stain is dry you can begin washing and scrubbing it. Wet the surface and generously cover it with baking soda, oven cleaner, or dishwashing detergent. With a metal or hard-bristled brush begin scrubbing the stain repeatedly in circular motions using very hot water. Continue this method until the stain is nearly gone.

Most Importantly

Last but not least, in order to properly and truly achieve a clean, beautiful, and stain free driveway, wrap up the job with a power wash. A power wash is extra tough on stains and is powerful enough to blast away dangerous bacteria, algae, mold, mildew and much more! An earth-friendly bonus is that the fast acting cleaning agents used to power wash are safe to use around plants and pets alike

Final Thoughts

Deep cleaning your property’s driveway can greatly boost curb appeal and improve safety in as little as a day. You can save more time and money while achieving unbeatable results with help from the cleaning professionals at Hydra Pressure Washing LLC. When it’s time for you to finally get the driveway that compliments your home, we’ll be waiting for your call!

Eat Away the Gum on the Floor

In Singapore, the law completely forbids chewing gum, with heavy fines of over $6,000 for possession or use without a prescription. The chewing gum ban was applied to eliminate complications produced by chewing-gum litter in public places resulting in many places paying high prices to clean up the waste.  In the United States of America, bubble gum is a nuisance for retail business owners trying to make a great first impression upon their customers’ arrival. A sanitary and gum-free storefront draws potential customers inside the store. However, thrown away gum makes businesses look dirty, unclean, and unkempt. It is also hard to remove. Therefore, it is best for business owners to hire a professional pressure washing company. Here’s why business owners should hire a professional to remove gum.

Save Time

            Eliminating chewing gum off the walking path wastes lots of time. When a business owner lacks the proper cleaning experience and equipment, they can spend many hours trying to scrape off the gum. Hiring a professional cleaning company saves business owners the time that they can use to focus on their work.

Save Money

            Business owners might believe that cleaning gum by themselves is the cheapest option. However, without having possession of the correct equipment, they will struggle will eradicating gum stains. Business owners can damage the concrete, which will result in spending more money to repair it. A professional pressure wash company knows how to do the job right the first time without damaging the floor. Business owners will save money in the long run.

Strongest Equipment

            Purchasing or renting equipment can be very costly and is not always the best equipment. Not having the right equipment can make cleaning gum difficult. A power wash contractor will have the most robust equipment and training to quickly and efficiently get the job done. Also, most pressure wash cleaners work all day, so business owners can have them clean gum late at night not to disturb any business operations.

Better for the Environment

            Most business owners will use harmful chemicals and toxins to get rid of gum. Chemical solutions don’t work as well and hurt the environment. The chemical waste flow into the water drains, poisoning plants, animals, and even people. A power wash company provides environmental-friendly solutions to remove gum.

Closing Thoughts

            Business owners will make an intelligent decision to hire a professional power wash company to eliminate gum stains around their business. They will be able to save money and time. Also, a cleaning company has the proper equipment, experience, and solutions that do not damage anything during the process. If you are a business owner seeking a power washing company, you can trust Hydra Pressure Washing LLC. We have been serving Pasadena, MD, since 1999 and keep your surroundings and loved ones safe. Contact us today!

Gutter Maintenance

An often overlooked responsibility homeowners should try to stay on top of are their gutters. From ensuring the home is equipped with them to keeping up with cleaning, repairs, and maintenance it can be more work than one may have initially anticipated. Below we break down everything related to gutter maintenance including cleaning, damage prevention, and the tell tale signs around your property that can indicate gutter problems.

Cleaning

Gutters face rain, sun, wind, and snow on a daily basis and the weather tends to play the largest part in determining how often they will need to be cleaned. If your property is located somewhere it frequently rains or is windy, chances are your gutters will need to be addressed two to four times a year, especially if you’re located near many trees. If your property is located down in sunny southern California then you can probably get away with annual or semi-annual cleanings.

Prevention

Taking steps to prevent gutter problems before they occur help save you countless hours of headache and thousands of dollars in damages. Gutters left ignored for long can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, rats and more. The unchecked presence of animals, mold, and algae can eventually build up enough that gutters can become clogged and lead to costly flooding issues. A simple way to prevent all of these issues is to install high quality gutter guards and maintain cleanings.

What to Look For

Unless you spend much time up on the roof you probably have no idea what state your gutters are in. Without even stepping foot on the roof there are a few major tell tale signs to watch out for that can point to more serious problems with your gutters. For example, an increased presence of mosquitos around the property can demonstrate there may be standing water in the gutters. Flooding around the building can indicate your gutters are clogged, which can eventually even lead to foundation erosion.

Final Thoughts

If you can’t remember the last time your gutters were paid any attention or have come across one of the tell tale signs of gutter damage, it can quickly become quite the time intensive project. For your personal safety and to save you countless hours of work we recommend bringing in the experts. Visit our website for a list of our services or call us at (410) 360-7887 for more information.

Identifying Stains on Your Siding

Getting stains on your home’s siding is very common, especially without consistent maintenance. Some stains are easily dealt with through a simple wash and others may require much more effort and maintenance. There are different types of stains that find their way onto your siding and in this month’s blog, we will help you identify them and recommend ways on how to deal with them.

Dirt

Dirt is the most basic and common stain that you will find on your siding. This is often due to the elements, such as rain and strong storms that blow loose dirt and mud onto the side of your home. Any landscaping or construction activities can also knock up dirt onto your siding. However, dirt is the least of your concerns and can easily be washed with a garden hose or through a light scrubbing. If there is a more stubborn dirt build up, a quick professional power wash is an effective way to clean your siding. It’s important to prevent build up by setting up a routine cleaning or else it can serve as the basis for algae and even mold or mildew growth.

Algae

Algae is another common stain that you may find on your siding. It is identified by its green color and its origin may vary from region to region. Usually, it’s due to being in close proximity to a body of water and in humid climates. It is known to spread through air-borne spores. Algae also tends to form on the side of your home that receives the least sunlight. Dark and damp conditions allow it to form more easily and quickly. If ignored and left untreated, more dirt can make its way onto your siding, therefore allowing the algae to expand its coverage. To remove the algae, we recommend using a soft washing method – an alternative to power washing that uses a lower powered setting but with the same cleaning agents. Regardless, it’s best to rely on professional services for the safety of your siding and to ensure it is not damaged.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew is the worst offender and if you see these on your home’s siding, we recommend seeking professional cleaning services as soon as possible. Mold is identified by its green or black color and mildew can be white, gray, or yellow in color. Similar to algae, they tend to form in areas that receive little to no sunlight and also feed off of dirt, allowing it to further encroach on your siding. Mold and mildew should be dealt with urgency due to the health risks that you can be exposed to. Enlisting professional services is the best and safest solution to rid your home of these hazards!

Conclusion

If dirt, algae, mold, or mildew is spoiling your home’s exterior or interior, you can rely on Hydra Pressure Washing LLC. We provide efficient and effective cleaning services that relieve homeowners of their stress. Our professional power washers will give your home the care and cleanliness it deserves. Don’t wait for your home to be damaged! Act now and make an appointment with us at (410) 360-7887 or visit our website for more information about our services.

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