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 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 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!
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.