Cabin Fever in Chesterfield

If you are like me, you are wishing your life away wanting Spring to arrive early. Well, the groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter, however, here in Chesterfield, Virginia, this weekend we will hit 60 degrees or higher. I am very excited to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air without freezing.

I fully admit I don’t like the cold and I avoid it as much as possible. I stare out my home’s windows at the porch and deck and wish I could sit out there and do some work or just relax.

spring cover copy

This weekend is a teaser of the spring to come which in turn makes me want to make a list of things to do. I can’t wait to add some cheer with some new flowers and plants and plant them in some bright pots. I’m excited to bring the furniture out of storage for the deck and porch. I look forward to shopping for new additions to my outdoor spaces. And then I look around and see projects…we need to clean the siding, the vinyl railings and wood deck and porch. It’s the part I don’t like about spring until it is done and then I love it. Fortunately, we own an outdoor surface cleaning and protection company, Renew Crew-South of the James and I can request our technicians to do the work, unfortunately, we get really busy as soon as we get a week of warm spring air so my house waits for some free time.

Well enough about me.. Why should you clean and protect your house and outdoors spaces?

Besides the obvious reason to make it look nice, your home’s exterior needs to be protected to protect your investment. Here’s some guidelines:

Wood structures such as decks, porches, gazebos, siding, and fences are exposed to ultraviolet sun which contributes to the graying you see as time passes. In addition, these structures are exposed to all weather conditions which can result in moisture damage. Staining/Sealing/Protecting your deck, fence, etc., will prevent graying, cracking, rotting and checking. Applying a quality stain/sealer/protectant will protect against this damage.

When is the best time to clean and seal your deck? As soon as it is built preferably within 30-90 days and should be resealed every year or every other year for the best results. In addition, the deck must be thoroughly cleaned before applying the sealer otherwise the dirt, grime, mold and mildew will be under the sealer and will cause the sealer to fail, the end result to look terrible or even cause the wood to rot. We use a proprietary cleaner (foam) that we allow to sit and work into the wood to clean and kill the mold and mildew. We then use low pressure to clean off the cleaner to neutralize and to remove the dirt. The result is wood that looks new!

Dirt, grime, mold and mildew removal on deck.

Dirt, grime, mold and mildew removal on deck.

What about siding? Why should you clean it and seal it? Periodic cleaning of your home’s siding is necessary to prolong the lifespan of your siding. In addition, it boosts your home’s curb appeal and your home’s value. To prolong the lifespan of your siding, you should clean the siding to remove mold, mildew, dirt, grime, tree sap, bird dropping and oxidation. Sealing is optional but does help to repel the dirt and grime as well as making the next cleaning less labor intensive. Our sealer is clear, however, you will see water bead especially due to condensation. The sealer is much like rain-x that you use on your car. To clean we apply our cleaner from bottom to top and then clean from top to bottom this diminishes streaks or runs that are caused when water is pushed up under the siding laps.

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