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Old 09-20-2019, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Durham NC
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One side of home actually needs serious cleaning in some sections might be hard for me to reach myself. Got letter from HOA demanding I power wash the house. Rich huh? Any reco's for a quick clean up in the Durham area?
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:09 AM
 
Location: River's Edge Inn, Todd NC
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Ask the HOA.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:36 AM
 
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I wouldn't cheap out on power washing. Lots of damage can be done if they don't know what they're doing.

And you agreed to the HOA terms when you bought the house.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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I wouldn't cheap out on power washing. Lots of damage can be done if they don't know what they're doing.
For sure! I don’t like pressure washing unless the guy pulling the trigger really knows what he’s doing
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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Soft wash, not power wash, is what you want. All kinds of problems can occur when applying high pressure to the side of your home.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Carlos King at 919-451-3289. He's a 1 man show so has more reasonable prices. Very hard-working and detailed oriented. Does low pressure power washing, deck cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, gutter cleaning. If he doesn't answer, you can text him.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:15 PM
 
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If you have a regular pump sprayer for weeds, get bleach from Walmart and some green regular Ultra Gain dish soap. Make sure it's not the anti-microbial kind. Put a little bit of dish soap and maybe 6 oz bleach in fill it up with water (1-2 gal). Apply bottom to top and rinse after five-ten mins or so top to bottom. Repeat as needed. Don't apply directly in the sun, wait for a cloudy day or do it early morning or evening.

You might need an 8 ft ladder if you have a two story home.

Alternatively they do make house end containers for $10 that you can use as well with the chemical already in there.

Pressure washers are really only useful for blasting concrete clean or applying the above mixture at a more rapid rate (but done softly).

A pro will charge $99 to do an average house. That's not really that much money.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:22 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Pressure washers are really only useful for blasting concrete clean ...
I moved this to the top because it's the important part of the message.
Garden hose pressure is all you should ever point at siding or mortar joints.

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If you have a regular pump sprayer ... (mix up a potent witches brew)
Apply bottom to top and rinse after five-ten mins or so top to bottom. Repeat as needed.
I'll only add to wet the wall first, keep rinsing well and accept that some portions will still require mopping or brushing.
An RV mop (works well) and a stout broom pole with scrubber brush should be added to the tool collection..
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:42 PM
 
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I would not wet the wall first. Perhaps a very light mist if anything. Or you will just be diluting the bleach soap mixture. Just don't apply it in the sun. And do smaller sections at a time so it doesn't dry. IMO.

Also using a mop on the wall, if vinyl, will remove the chalking. This is fine if it's done evenly but if not it will make it look bad.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:55 PM
 
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Why do you need to be told by HOA letter to clean the mold and mildew off your house? It’s sad to me that regular cleaning and home maintenance is not done without being told by strangers in a letter. Moldy mildewed homes are not attractive.
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