Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Bath...

Many of you have expressed thoughts and questions about "washing" my house. Perhaps it does seem unusual to some people. However if you go to your local hardware store you will find products for doing just that. It takes some elbow-grease but it is certainly worth it.

Here is a view of the enemy...



A closeup of the problem... left side of the photo shows a spot scrubbed, but not rinsed. The right shows the accumulated dirt. It is probably a combination of dust from my unpaved driveway a few feet away, and as this side of the house faces north and is shaded from late morning on it could be fungus like the north side of trees? Who knows.... all I know is that it is grey-ish and unsightly. The power washer I have borrowed is small and it does take additional scrubbing with a sponge mop to get off the deposit.



The "troops" are assembled...



The weapon is ready,...



Victory is mine!


11 comments:

Anne said...

Want to come scrub logs in NY? =)

Char said...

and I'm sure it looks gorgeous

Beth Niquette said...

Yep, I've washed my house a few times with the power washer. I think what it needs right now is a nice new coat of paint. (Grin)

You've been BUSY, my dear!!!

Anne said...

Duh! Dunno why I said "in NY" in PP. Typing and clicking faster than my brain works, apparently!

Cedar ... said...

Actually Ann, I'm not that far from you, perhaps an hours drive? Maybe when school is out for the summer I'll drop by and say hello! Hand me a scrub brush and I'll help!

troutbirder said...

Is Minnesota too far away? Actually the old house across the way used to drive me crazy. The south side the paint cracked and peeled. The north side turned green with mold. The west side was 3 stories above the tuck under garage and I trembled in fear think about going up there. The east side was "just right". So we built a new house in the woods next door, I bought a BIG power washer and just blast it clean each spring!

Robynn's Ravings said...

You make it look easy and organized. I always go for desperately hard and fatally messy. Garners me more sympathy that way! lol

A New England Life said...

Now here is a job my husband could really get into! He loves to wash his car so if he could wash the house I'm sure he would! Luckily we don't have too : )

Your's looks great though!

montucky said...

You sure make that look clean and easy! I wish I could do that instead of coating the wood every few years.

Carolyn said...

Power washing a house is a right of passage every spring for male teens on Haida Gwaii(true story). Due to moderate wet winter weather mold is a huge challenge especially with vinyl siding. Traditionlly, home were built with cedar which has a natural anti bacteral property which prevents molds and kills flies! However new housing use vinyl so teens are expected to powerwash elder and/or parent homes!

Aleta said...

The products they sell for washing homes these days are safe and done with a power washer is fine, as long as you don't have any cracks or gaps under the siding whereby the water would get in and cause rot. It looks like you might have on your house what we had on ours (and still have on our garage) - a black mold from the dampness. We didn't use a power washer because our house is made of poplar wood and had gaps under each board. My husband used a soft wire bristle brush on a power grinder and took off all the mold. This took 18 months to do!! (Lucky we're retired!) Then we filled in all of the gaps with caulk and coated it with Cetol, a very good, strong sealant.
Good luck with your project!