Cleaning Exterior Wood Surfaces

Cleaning Exterior Wood SurfacesMany homes have exterior wood surfaces which are exposed to the elements all year round. At the start this may not be a problem, but eventually mildew and dirt will accumulate and make the exterior woodwork quite unsightly. This doesn’t mean you have to repaint, but some thorough cleaning will be necessary. Cleaning mildew and dirt build up from exterior wood surfaces is not hard and will cost you very little money.

For cleaning dirt, dust and soot:

You will need a bucket, scrubbing brush, rough sponge and detergent.

-dilute one or two teaspoons of detergent in a bucket of warm water;

-dip the brush and begin cleaning the wooden surface top down, this way you don’t have to clean the dirty water streaks twice;

-soak stubborn spots and blemishes with the sponge and let them soften up before scrubbing them off with the brush;

-wipe each section you cleaned with the sponge, rinse your sponge regularly;

When you are finished, let the exterior surfaces air dry, or you can dry them using a clean rag.

Note: If cleaning exterior wood surfaces on a windy day, you need to pick up the pace as wind will dry surfaces quickly and leave you with dirty water streaks to clean, which makes it a double job.

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For cleaning mildew and mould:

You will need a bucket, sponge, scrubbing brush, detergent, bleach and rubber gloves.

put your rubber gloves on before mixing the cleaning solution;

-dilute one part bleach in three parts water, add a dash of detergent to the bucket for extra cleaning boost;

Cleaning Exterior Wood Surfaces-use the brush to scrub off mould and mildew, be patient some bits will take some effort to remove;

-again, stubborn patches and spots must be pre-treated and soaked with the sponge, then scrubbed off using the brush;

-when cleaning with bleach you need to rinse the surface with fresh water in order to wash off any traces of bleach, if possible you can do this with using the garden hose;

-allow surfaces to air dry or dry them using a clean rag;

Tips and advice:

-use a smaller brush or an old toothbrush for grooves and gaps where the other brush is ineffective;

-when using bleach, don’t mix it with any other cleaning chemicals, especially ammonia as this will create toxic fumes;

-keep the bleach solution away from plants; contact with bleach will likely poison the plant and kill it;

-if the mildew problem is extensive, perhaps you like to consider a repaint.