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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!

Own a Swimming Pool? Remember to Power Wash It!

Now that summer and its record-breaking temperatures are over and done with (at least for the most part), it’s important to take stock of your home’s surroundings and figure out what needs to be cleaned up as we head into the cooler months. You won’t always have the time to do some fall cleaning, what with the holidays just around the corner.

One of the components that is most affected by this transition relates to those who own an in-ground pool. With that in mind, we’re going to run down why exactly you should have your pool power washed in the first place!

Remove the Health Hazard

During the summer, a pool can be a great place for friends and family members to gather and have a great place to relax. There’s nothing quite like heading home after a long day’s work or on the weekend and kicking back or partaking in a nice swim.

So why should you clean your pool in the first place? This is determined by the type of impact the weather had in your area and how often you used your pool. A common problem facing anyone who owns one is the buildup of algae, dirt, and other bacteria over time. This can become a real hazard if it isn’t treated properly. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to solve this problem is through a power washer!

Not All Swimming Pools Are Created Equal

But let’s take a step back for a brief moment. Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a variety of different materials – some far more robust than others. As a result, whoever you hire to pressure wash your pool must take extra care when performing this service.

For example, pools made from concrete or plaster can handle the pressure, so to speak, of power washing. Fiberglass and vinyl pools, on the other hand, need to have a more delicate approach with chemical solutions such as chlorine. Most people fit into the earlier category, but it’s always safe to do some research first before making the call.

The Process of Power Washing a Swimming Pool

First things first, the pool will need to be drained of any water if you haven’t already done so with summer being over and done with. Here’s a helpful tip – you can use any water from the pool for other chores around the home such as washing your car, cleaning your deck or garage, and more. Once the pool has been drained, any debris on the pool’s floor will need to be swept up.

From there, a gas or electric-powered pressure washer will be used to easily remove any encrusted stains (which are especially prevalent depending on how long it’s been since you last cleaned your pool), mud, grime, and other filth that may have accumulated. After the chemical solution has been applied to ensure long-term results, the pool is rinsed once again to remove those properties.

While owning an outdoor pool is a homeowner’s dream, it comes with a lot of responsibilities you may not have expected. Since any dirt and debris can build up over time, it’s important to stay on top of cleaning and maintenance to avoid any health and safety hazards from taking place. It may be one of the smartest things you do this fall season!

Why Pressure Washing Your Deck is a Smart Move

We have spoken in the past why you pressure wash certain areas of the home in order to increase its overall resale value. This can be crucial, especially in the seller’s market. As a result, you may feel inclined to look at other areas that may require a nice pick-me-up. One of those exterior surfaces happens to be your deck!

The Importance of Power Washing a Deck

First things first – let’s discuss why exactly this is a smart move, to begin with. Say you are looking to paint or stain your deck for the first time in years. While we wouldn’t exactly call this prerequisite, it can help to remove away any old finish or stains in a quick and efficient manner.

Not only that, but it also removes any shreds of debris that could be laying around between the deck boards, preventing the growth of rot, grime, rust, or other hazards that could remain visible even after applying a new finish.

Plus, since a pressure washer is simply using water to spray away any contaminants, you won’t have to worry about it warming any surrounding vegetation with noxious fumes. Obviously, if you’re installing a brand new deck, this isn’t required unless you’re using reclaimed wood that could use a thorough washing.

What to Do Beforehand

Now we get to the most important part – how to get everything primed and ready to go to have this service performed. Chances are, you may not have a lot of experience in this area. This is why hiring a professional is the best way to go. After all, the last thing you want to do is run the risk of damaging your precious new deck by being overly aggressive with this piece of equipment.

With that in mind, what they’ll do first is typically remove any type of finish that has already been applied to the wood deck. If this doesn’t happen, the new finish may start to prematurely fade in quality. It’s the same scenario when someone applies new wallpaper or a coat of paint over an already existing layer – at best, the results may start to look uneven in areas.

For older decks, this also means removing the gray surface layer of oxidation in order to ensure you get the final look you desire. It goes without saying that if you’re going to invest in this clean-up project, you may as well do it right the first time.

With this helpful information in mind, we recommend pressure washing your deck at least once a year (depending on the weather patterns) to keep it in prime condition, ideally sometime in the early spring. That way, you’ll love the look of your home every time you gaze upon on it for the remainder of the year!

When You Should Pressure Wash Your Home

While we have spoken in the past the frequency in which you should pressure wash your driveway, we have yet to address the bigger question: how often should you pressure wash your home? In reality, there’s no better way to give your home a facelift than having this service performed. Not only does it remove all the dirt and grime that has built up over the years, it also ensures the safety and health of you and your family.

It’s important to note that pressure washing isn’t something you should ever do on a persistent basis. It takes quite a bit more effort than your typical household chore, but the results can be incredible! So, how often should you have this service performed? Well, it all comes down to the situation.

When Your House Looks Unsightly

This is sort of a given as we talked about in the introduction. Nature’s elements and a variety of environmental causes that can have a real impact on the curb appeal. As the dirt and refuse starts to leave their blemishes on your home, you may decide to have a pressure washing service performed ahead of when you normally would.

When You Are Thinking of Painting Your Home’s Exterior

As we are sure you are aware, it can be difficult painting your home if it’s covered in grime. Pressure washing can remove all of that while also helping to remove any cracked or peeling paint.

It only makes sense to request this service because the last thing you want to have to deal with after spending so much time painting your home is less than desirable results. You may also wind up spending more time on the job than you have to.

When You Are Looking to Sell Your Home

Although you may be spending a good amount of time performing any last-minute maintenance to ensure the condition of your home before it goes on the market, pressure washing can have a huge impact on the resale value! You’ll be able to take that grungy-looking home to one that looks clean and welcoming. Curb appeal is one of the biggest factors that potential homebuyers consider during this process. The more eyes you have on your property, the better.

When It’s Been a Year or Longer

Lastly, we get to what would otherwise be your routine – having your property pressure washed once a year. Even if you don’t encounter any of the situations we mentioned above, having your home pressure washed on an annual basis is a good way to avoid any issues while also keeping your home looking at its most presentable. To learn more about how this service can transform your home, be sure to contact an experienced pressure washing company today!

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