How Washing Your House Maintains Paint
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to the aesthetics of your home and even add value to your property. But how long does that new, fresh look last? Well, that certainly depends on the upkeep and effort you put into maintaining the exterior presence of your home. Everything from the sunlight to the weather can affect the longevity of paint yet a simple house wash every six months can help. Here’s how.
Prevents Paint Damage
Washing your house at regular intervals helps to protect the exterior paint. The outside of your home is severely susceptible to the growth of dust, dirt, grime, mould and mildew which can adversely affect the paint. Mould and mildew can also grow on the paint inside your home, with areas that are more humid, such as a bathroom or laundry, seeing a faster growth rate. To avoid the growth of mould and mildew on the exterior of your home, it is recommended that you receive a professional house wash every 6 months. For interior paint, ensure there is plenty of ventilation throughout your home or invest in an exhaust for your bathroom.
Increases Life Span
Painting the exterior of your home is often a time-consuming and expensive endeavour that you’ll want to ensure is done right and lasts as long as possible. Before painting the outside of your home, it is recommended that you invest in a house washing service. Cleaning the exterior can almost double the lifespan of your paint to nearly 10 years and is more likely to produce a smooth and even application.
DIY House Washing vs Professional
With pressure washers available at any hardware store, it may tempt you to try house washing yourself. While this may save you some money, it can also lead to damage by using the wrong nozzle, pressure level or cleaning product. If you’re not experienced, you may damage portions of your house’s exterior, including the siding or the sheathing and wall cavities beneath the siding. Alternatively, if you have the time, hand-washing can produce meticulous results otherwise use your garden hose and a soft-bristled broom if you wish to DIY house wash.
Professional house washers know which surfaces can handle high water pressure levels, they know the best cleaning products to use and most importantly, they have years of experience under their belt to tailor their methods according to your house type.
After pressure washing your house, you have to wait for it to fully dry before you can paint it. This waiting time can be anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days.
Operating as a small, family-owned business for over 15 years, we pride ourselves on operating without the need for subcontractors while still maintaining efficient and effective results. We only use high-quality paints and products that offer a 20-year or lifetime guarantee. So, if you want a good paint job for your interior or exterior, call our team at Wes Hull Painters today on 0400 528 648. We provide free, no-obligation quotes and can advise on the best before and aftercare.