6 Steps To Leave Your Home’s Exterior Spotless

Over time, the exterior of your home can fall prey to pollen, dirt, grime, and other unsightly elements. With everything else going on in your busy schedule, it can be hard to find the time to give the exterior of your home a good scrubbing. New homeowners or those of you who just haven’t had the chance to give your home’s exterior a good bath might not know where to begin.

Thankfully, we’re here to help with a step-by-step checklist of what you should do to get the outside of your home back into tip-top shape. Don’t worry– you won’t have to worry about doing this often; once every six months to a year should suffice.

Now, let’s get started.

1. Prepare Your Home For Cleaning

Before you begin hosing your house down and scrubbing away at any built-up dirt and grime, you have to make sure the right conditions are in place. You want to avoid cleaning on a rainy day or when it’s too hot or cold outside. Ideal weather conditions will help ensure that any soap you scrub your house with doesn’t rinse off before you want it to and that you won’t overheat (or freeze) before wrapping things up.

After finding the perfect day and time to start cleaning, you’ll want to move any outdoor furniture out of the way and protect plants and shrubbery with a plastic sheet. Be sure to cover any outdoor electric outlets, light fixtures, and vents with duct tape and plastic sheeting. Ensuring you have the right coverage over your belongings will help you avoid creating any issues down the line.

2. Start with the Gutters

Now that the ideal conditions are in place, it’s time to start cleaning! The first thing you’ll want to do is dust off the old ladder and get to work on your gutters. Cleaning your gutters will prevent clogging that could cause damaging leaks in your home’s roof and foundation. Gutter cleaning can be handled DIY-style or with the help of professionals (like Window Genie).

If attempting to clean your gutters yourself, be sure you have the necessary materials to get the job done right. If using a ladder to get into the nitty-gritty of your gutters, always prioritize safety first. If possible, try using a long-reaching pole or similar alternative to clean the gutters from ground level.

If you would rather have the pros take care of it, check out Window Genie’s gutter cleaning services or contact us for more information. We make it easy to book a consultation in person or on the phone, and with one quick and easy appointment, your gutters will be crystal clear in no time!

3. On to Your Siding

Not only does cleaning your siding keep your home looking brand new, but it also eliminates harmful substances like mold, mildew, and fungi, which often find a home on yours. If left unchecked, these substances can breed harmful bacteria that can threaten the environment and your health. Power washing your siding and thoroughly cleaning the exterior of your home is a great way to keep them at bay and ensure a healthy environment.

To clean any general griminess off your siding, all you need to do is grab a soapy bucket of water, a soft bristle brush, and your garden hose. For the soapy water mixture, dish soap or laundry detergent works well and cuts through dirt and pollen.

Next, carefully scrub the soapy mixture onto the siding and thoroughly rinse it off with clean water from your garden hose. This process can be time-consuming depending on how much grime is caked on there or how big your home is, which is why it might be beneficial to call in reinforcements from a professional power washing service.

Is Pressure Washing Your Best Option?

Pressure washing can be a great way to quickly clean your home, especially for surfaces like patios, decks, driveways, and siding. It revitalizes the appearance of your property and enhances curb appeal by removing stubborn stains and grime. However, before proceeding, assess your home's condition to ensure it can withstand the pressure, as delicate surfaces may require gentler methods.

While professional pressure washing services may come with a cost, you can explore DIY options or seek seasonal deals to lower the price.

4. Washing the Windows

Cleaning your windows, window frames, and shutters has benefits beyond improving the visual appeal of your home. It also removes the build-up of substances such as dirt, mold, and algae, which could potentially damage your home over time. Washing your windows and thoroughly cleaning the frames and shutters helps your home remain clean, shiny, and free from damage.

To deal with grime and filth on your windows, gather a bucket of soapy water, a sponge or scrub brush, and a squeegee or microfiber cloth for a streak-free finish. Any mild detergent or specialized window cleaner will do the trick and effectively remove dirt, pollen, and smudges.

Start by gently scrubbing the frames and shutters with soapy water, then move on the window glass, always working from top to bottom to prevent dripping onto clean areas. Once scrubbed, use a squeegee or cloth to remove the soapy water, revealing a clean, sparkling window.

Window cleaning can be a lengthy procedure, depending on the size of your home or the level of dirt accumulation. That's why sometimes it might be more convenient and efficient to bring in help from the Window Genie. Our specialized window cleaning services take the task off your hands and ensure professional-grade cleanliness.

5. Cleansing Your Patio & Deck

Next up is one of the outdoor spaces where people gather the most: your patio or deck. Regularly maintaining and cleaning your patio will ensure you can keep entertaining family and guests for years to come.

If you're unsure whether your deck needs cleaning, it's important to look for the tell-tale signs that it's time for a good scrubbing. You'll want to look out for accumulations of dirt, algae growth, stains, and discoloration. Neglecting to address these signs promptly could lead to more severe consequences, such as structural damage and slippery surfaces.

Next, gather the necessary materials, including a high-quality deck cleaner, a stiff-bristle brush, and safety equipment. Follow the instructions on the cleaner, ensuring you dilute it correctly if required. Start by removing any furniture and debris from the surface. Then, thoroughly scrub the area with the deck cleaner and brush to dislodge tough grime and stains.

Finally, rinse the patio or deck with a hose or, for better results, consider an annual pressure washing, which we highly recommend for maintaining your outdoor space's overall condition and appearance.

6. Finish Up with the Driveway

Finally, it's time to move onto the driveway. Before you begin, look for noticeable dirt buildup, oil stains, mold growth, and discoloration. These are signs that your driveway needs cleaning, and by doing so, you can avoid more dire consequences, such as surface degradation, cracking, and the growth of unsightly weeds.

Before you can wash your driveway effectively, you'll need a high-quality driveway cleaner, a sturdy broom, and safety gear. Start by removing any loose debris and sweeping the surface thoroughly to prepare it for cleaning. Depending on the level of grime and stains, you can use a mixture of water and driveway cleaner to scrub the surface manually or opt for professional pressure washing.

While DIY methods can be effective for general cleaning, professional pressure washing can tackle tough stains and achieve the best long-term results. Professional pressure washing typically ranges in cost from $100 to $300, depending on the size and condition of the driveway. This investment ensures the removal of stubborn stains and helps preserve your driveway's overall structural integrity and curb appeal.

Pros and Cons of DIY House Cleaning

Cleaning the exterior of your house yourself comes with its pros and cons. DIY cleaning empowers homeowners by offering them a hands-on approach and potential cost savings. However, it requires significant time, effort, and expertise to achieve the best results, and there may be limitations in tackling tough stains and specialized cleaning tasks.

On the other hand, hiring a professional cleaning service like Window Genie offers numerous advantages. Our expert cleaning services bring convenience, efficiency, and long-lasting results without the hassle. Our team has the right tools, knowledge, and experience to handle various surfaces and challenging cleaning situations, ensuring your home looks its best and is well-maintained.

While DIY cleaning may be suitable for routine maintenance, Window Genie's professional touch can take your home's cleanliness to the next level, providing peace of mind and saving you valuable time and energy. Contact us for a quote today and learn how you can enjoy a well-maintained and visually appealing home without the stress of DIY cleaning.

  Whether you're a new homeowner looking to maintain the beauty of your patio or a seasoned DIY enthusiast seeking effective cleaning methods, Window Genie is here to help.  From step-by-step instructions on cleaning techniques to tips for avoiding common mistakes, we have the expertise to keep your pavers looking sharp and extend their lifespan. Read on to discover how to achieve a stunning, well-maintained patio.

How to Clean Concrete Pavers, Step-by-Step

Despite the remarkable durability of pavers, you can extend their longevity even further with regular cleaning and maintenance. Proper maintenance improves their appearance and ensures their long-term health and function. We recommend having a professional wash your patio at least once a year for the best results; however, you can also perform a DIY cleaning between those services. Here, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to clean your pavers without a pressure washer.

1. Clear the Area for Cleaning

The first step is to clear the area for cleaning. It's important to ensure the surface is clear before moving on to deeper cleaning. Start by sweeping the pavers with a broom or using a leaf blower to remove any loose debris, such as leaves, dirt, or twigs. Remove any furniture, potted plants, or other objects that might be on top of your pavers to prevent missing any spots during cleaning.

2. Remove Vegetation

Next, you should tidy up any weeds or other vegetation that might be growing between your pavers. Weeds can damage pavers over an extended period, so we recommend using an anti-weed solution if your pavers often have weeds growing in them. For this step, you can use a weed trimmer, or weed killer, or manually pull out the weeds and grasses, depending on how much vegetation your paver has. Eliminating unsightly weeds and vegetation will prevent them from interfering with the cleaning and maintenance of your pavers.

3. Douse Your Pavers With Water

Using plain water, thoroughly hose down and rinse your pavers. Afterward, fill a bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent or specialized paver cleaning solution. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate dilution ratio of water and paver cleaner before thoroughly mixing the solution until it is well combined. If you do not have a mild detergent or specialized paver cleaner, dish soap and degreaser will work just as well. Avoid acidic solutions that may damage your concrete.

4. Gently Scrub Your Pavers

Use a broom or another stiff brush to scrub down your pavers. For this step, you do not need to scrub hard; you just need to remove surface-level dirt and stains. Avoid using wire-bristle brushes or steel pads, as these can scratch and damage the applied sealant. Dip the stiff bristle brush or broom into the cleaning solution and scrub the pavers in a circular motion. Pay extra attention to any stained or heavily soiled areas and continue scrubbing until you cover the entire surface of the paver.

5. Rinse Down Your Pavers

After thoroughly scrubbing your pavers, rinse the surface with a garden hose equipped with a spray nozzle. Use moderate water pressure to remove the cleaning solution and any remaining dirt. Make sure to completely rinse the pavers and ensure no residue or lingering grime is left behind. Feel free to repeat this process as necessary if you are unsatisfied with the current level of cleanliness.

6. Make Repairs and Replacements as Needed

As you clan your pavers, inspect them for any signs of damage. If you come across any cracked or damaged grout between the pavers, you can repair it by applying small amounts of new grout yourself. This will help restore its stability and aesthetic appeal. If you notice gaps between your pavers where the joint material is deteriorating, consider adding new material between the pavers, such as sand or gravel. Adding sand or gravel will help ensure proper interlocking and prevent weed growth while improving the stability of the paver surface. Additionally, consider investing in sealant for your concrete pavers. Concrete sealing is a protective coating that protects your pavers from stains, discoloration, and grime. It can prevent wear and tear from weather conditions, spills, and weeds from growing into your pavers. 

How Not to Clean Patio Pavers

When cleaning your patio pavers, it's crucial to be aware of certain practices that can potentially damage them. Steer clear of the following to avoid any unintended harm: Wire or steel brushes: While these are effective for tough stains, they can be too harsh on concrete pavers and can cause damage to the surface. Wire brushes can strip away the existing sealant, leaving the pavers vulnerable to further deterioration.  Acidic cleaners: Avoid using cleaners that contain acidic ingredients, as they can eat away at the protective sealant applied to your pavers. Acidic cleaners lead to discoloration and deterioration, compromising the paver’s appearance and longevity. Instead, use mild detergents or specialized paver cleaners. Bleach: Always use bleach with caution when it comes to concrete pavers. High concentrations of bleach can stain the pavers and alter their color, leading to an uneven, stained appearance.

Get Your Pavers Cleaned Right With Window Genie

When it comes to maintaining the pristine appearance of your pavers, Window Genie is proud to be your go-to solution. As a nationally ranked brand, Window Genie offers competitive rates and a wide range of options to keep your windows and home exterior looking brand-new. With our expertise and dedication, you can trust us to deliver outstanding results for your paver cleaning needs. Don't settle for anything less than exceptional when it comes to concrete cleaning. Choose Window Genie and experience the difference they can make in restoring and maintaining the beauty of your pavers. Contact one of our locations or get a quote today and let our professionals transform your outdoor space into a dazzling showcase you can be proud of.

Paver Cleaning FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about caring for patio pavers.

Can You Pressure Wash Your Pavers?

Yes! Pressure washing is a quick, effective solution to clean your patio pavers. It removes dirt, dust, and other debris on your pavers. 

Will Vinegar Damage Your Patio Pavers?

While you can use vinegar, we do not recommend it. Vinegar is harsh enough to damage the surface of your pavers and can weaken the integrity of the pavers. 

Does My Paver Type Matter for Cleaning?

If you have brick patio pavers, you will want to clean them more often. Brick is a porous material that can easily collect grime. For natural stone patio pavers, be extra careful about utilizing abrasive cleaning solutions. Natural stone can be more sensitive to acidic cleaning supplies.
The primary difference between power washing and pressure washing is the water temperature. Pressure washing is typically done with tap water with no heating element, while power washing requires heated water to clean surfaces. While many refer to pressure and power washing interchangeably, power washing generally refers to high-pressure, heated water. While both methods blast away grime, dirt, and other contaminants from outdoor surfaces, power washing can damage delicate surfaces. Of the two, pressure washing is less likely to harm delicate parts of a house’s exterior. Pressure washing thoroughly cleans your home's exterior and eradicates grime, mildew, and more while minimizing the chances of damage. Pressure washing is generally less abrasive than power washing, which is why most homeowners and professional services favor pressure washing over power washing. Window Genie doesn’t need heated water for our pressure washing services. We train our Window Genie service professionals extensively to wash every facet of your home with the perfect amount of pressure to guarantee optimal cleaning with no damage! Learn more about these two cleaning methods below.

The Benefits of Pressure Washing

Pressure washing prevents damage caused by grime and other debris building up on your exterior surfaces, like your pavers, your house, and your driveways. Pressure washing is also gentle enough to keep everything in top shape. Clean exteriors boost your home's curb appeal and increase the value overall, benefiting you in the long run. Save time and energy with pressure washing services - no need to scrub everything by hand when professionals can apply pressurized water with a delicate touch that protects your belongings. Pressure washing can unclog your gutters, revitalize your tile and grout, and prevent mildew buildup.

Pressure Washing: A Closer Look

Pressure washing is a cleaning technique that utilizes pressurized water to remove dirt, grime, mildew, and other stubborn stains from various surfaces. It is a popular method for cleaning outdoor areas such as driveways, sidewalks, decks, and exterior walls. The process involves using specialized equipment that generates high-pressure water streams, effectively cleaning and restoring surfaces. One of the advantages of pressure washing is its ability to provide efficient and thorough cleaning. The high-pressure water stream can reach deep into porous surfaces and crevices and effectively remove dirt and contaminants. Additionally, pressure washing can save time and effort compared to traditional cleaning methods, as the forceful water stream can quickly and effectively dislodge stubborn stains. However, there are a few things to consider before pressure washing. The high pressure used in the process can potentially cause damage to delicate surfaces or deteriorate certain materials if not used properly. It is essential to adjust the pressure settings and choose the appropriate cleaning method based on the surface. Additionally, the solutions in pressure washing may raise environmental concerns, making it imperative to follow proper disposal practices and consider eco-friendly alternatives whenever possible.  Avoid these issues by hiring experienced professional pressure washers like Window Genie. Our team is uniquely qualified to provide gentle, thorough cleaning to your surfaces. Our two pressure levels available are outlined below:

Soft Washing

There are two types of pressure washing: soft washing and high-pressure washing. Soft washing employs lower water pressure with a solution to gently clean delicate surfaces, such as roofs, painted surfaces, and certain types of siding. Soft washing is ideal for preventing damage to delicate surfaces that may be sensitive to high pressure. Soft pressure washing typically uses a biodegradable solution that removes the biological elements and stains without damaging the surfaces of your home or business. This method can remove elements such as algae, pollen, and dirt without damaging your garden. Soft washing is ideal for cleaning sensitive surfaces such as: Windows  Roof shingles  Screens  Wood paneling

High-Pressure Washing

On the other hand, high-pressure washing uses powerful water jets to remove tough stains and grime from more durable surfaces like concrete, brick, and metal. High-pressure washing can tackle deep-rooted dirt and stains that lower pressures may be incapable of removing. This type of pressure washing is commonly used for heavy-duty cleaning tasks and can significantly improve the appearance of heavily soiled surfaces. High-pressure washing is the standard type of cleaning for many applications and outdoor surfaces. It can remove loose paint, mud, and dirt from surfaces such as buildings, vehicles, and concrete. While this method is effective at removing dirt and grime from a variety of surfaces, it is not ideal for more delicate items. High-pressure washing is ideal for cleaning surfaces such as: Concrete driveways Sidewalks Decks

Key Differences Between Power Washing and Pressure Washing

Power washing and pressure washing are two distinct methods of cleaning that differ in terms of the temperature and pressure level of the water used, the surfaces they can effectively clean, and the cost and availability of equipment. The primary difference between power washing and pressure washing lies in the temperature of the water. Pressure washing typically uses unheated tap water and relies solely on the force of the water stream for cleaning.  In contrast, power washing pressurizes hot water to remove stubborn dirt and grime. While the heating element in power washing can be advantageous for removing tough stains, it can also pose a risk to delicate exteriors that may be heat-sensitive. This is why most people opt for pressure washing; it is often the safer choice to avoid potential damage caused by the higher temperature of the water. When it comes to the surfaces that each method can effectively clean, pressure washing is the ideal choice for various home applications. Pressure washing is less likely to cause damage to weaker outside elements such as screens, making it suitable for cleaning windows, patio furniture, vinyl siding, and other delicate surfaces.  Pressure washing is also well-suited for cleaning materials like brick, concrete, and masonry that can be vulnerable to damage. The forceful water stream can effectively remove dirt, algae, and other deposits from these surfaces without causing harm.


Understanding the differences between power washing and pressure washing is crucial for making an informed decision on what to clean your home or business with. While power washing with hot water can be effective for tough stains, it carries a higher risk of damage to heat-sensitive exteriors.  On the other hand, pressure washing with unheated tap water provides a safer option for most applications, making it ideal for home cleaning needs. Pressure washing offers versatility in cleaning delicate surfaces like screens and materials like brick and concrete. With its efficiency and accessibility, pressure washing is a practical choice for homeowners and small-scale projects. If you need professional pressure washing services, look no further than Window Genie's Pressure Washing. Our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment ensure thorough and safe cleaning, leaving your surfaces looking like new. Transform your outdoor spaces and restore the beauty of your home by experiencing the benefits of professional pressure washing.  Request a quote today and witness the noticeable difference we can make in your cleaning routine!
Clean windows not only improve the appearance of your home or business but also provide several functional benefits, such as allowing more natural light in and a clear view of the outdoors. However, cleaning outdoor windows can be challenging, especially if you have hard-to-reach windows on higher floors or in tricky locations. Prioritizing safety when cleaning outdoor windows is essential to avoiding accidents and injuries. Here, we'll provide tips and techniques for cleaning outdoor windows safely and effectively, so you can enjoy sparkling clean windows without putting yourself or anyone else at risk.

What to Know Before Cleaning Outside Windows

Before you start, check the weather conditions and choose a calm, cloudy day to avoid accidents. Next, gather all the essential cleaning materials, including: A bucket A squeegee A scrubber Cleaning solution Lastly, ensure you have the right equipment, such as a sturdy ladder or extension pole, to reach all the windows safely and effectively.

How to Clean Windows You Can’t Reach

Cleaning hard-to-reach windows can be a daunting task, but with the right equipment and techniques, it can be done safely and efficiently. The first step is to assess the window's height and determine whether you'll need a ladder or an extension pole to reach it. Always ensure the ladder is stable and secure before climbing up, and avoid overreaching or standing on the top rungs. If you use an extension pole, fully extend and secure it before starting.

How To Wash Outside Windows in 5 Steps

Washing outside windows can be done with or without a ladder, depending on the height and accessibility of the windows. Follow these five steps to learn how to effectively and safely clean your outside windows, with or without a ladder.

1. Spray Down Windows with a Hose

The first step to cleaning your outside windows is to spray them down with a hose that has an adjustable nozzle. With the hose, spray the windows and any surrounding areas to remove dirt and debris from the surface. Spraying down your outdoor windows with an adjustable hose allows you to turn up the pressure and get the dirt and grime out of difficult-to-reach areas in and around them.

2. Soak a Sponge or Brush in Soapy Water

Before you begin cleaning your outdoor windows, soak a sponge or brush in hot soapy water. First, fill a bucket with hot water. The water should be hot enough to dissolve the soap but not so hot that it will burn or damage your skin. Next, add your preferred cleaning solution to the water. Dish soap is a cost-effective choice for outdoor window cleaning because it's gentle on glass and can effectively cut through dirt and grime. If you prefer a natural solution, use a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. After adding your cleaning solution to the water, stir the mixture well enough to evenly distribute it. Next, dip your sponge or brush into the soapy water and let it soak for a few seconds to absorb the solution. Finally, remove the sponge from the water after fully saturating it with the soap solution and squeeze out any excess water. The sponge should be damp but not dripping wet.

3. Scrub Windows

After soaking your sponge or brush in hot soapy water, you can start scrubbing your windows. If you don't have a ladder available, using an extension pole can help you reach high windows. Begin by attaching your sponge or brush to the end of the extension pole. Next, scrub the window from the top and work your way downward. Washing windows from top to bottom helps prevent dirty water from dripping onto freshly-cleaned areas. Focus on spots with stubborn dirt and grime and use a circular motion to scrub the glass. Continuously rinse your brush or sponge in soapy water to keep it clean and effective throughout the window-cleaning process.

4. Rinse Windows

Once you've finished scrubbing your outdoor windows, it's important to rinse them thoroughly. Rinsing them with your hose will remove all traces of soap and dirt, ensuring that your windows are free of streaks or residue. To rinse your windows, spray them down with a gentle stream of water from your hose. Ensure that you cover all areas of the window, including the corners and edges, to remove all traces of dirt and soap. After rinsing your windows, take a step back and confirm that no areas require further cleaning. If you notice any streaks or spots, you can use your brush or sponge to spot-clean these areas. Make sure to rinse the window again after spot-cleaning to remove any remaining soap or dirt.

5. Dry Windows

Now that you've finished rinsing your windows, it's time to dry them. The best way to dry your windows is to use a squeegee; however, a newspaper can be just as effective if you don't have one handy. If you have a squeegee, you can use it to remove water left on the glass. Start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee down straightly, wiping the blade clean after each pass. Using firm but gentle pressure, continue working down the window to remove excess water and create a streak-free finish. You can also use newspaper to dry your windows instead. To do so, crumple up a piece of newspaper and use it to wipe the glass in a circular motion. Wiping the window in a circular motion will help absorb any remaining water and create a clear finish.

Remember These Tips

Cleaning outdoor windows can be challenging, but following these tips can make the process more efficient and safe: Clean windows on a cloudy day: Direct sunlight can cause soap and other cleaning solutions to dry too quickly, leaving streaks or spots on the glass. By cleaning your windows on a cloudy day, you can work at a steady pace and ensure you have enough time to rinse and dry your windows thoroughly. Use a two-bucket system: Using a two-bucket system can help you avoid spreading dirt and grime. Fill one bucket with clean, soapy water and the other with clean water for rinsing. Dip your brush or sponge in the soapy water, scrub the window, then rinse it in the clean water before dipping it back into the soapy water. Clean windows from top to bottom: Starting at the top of your windows and working your way down can help you avoid drips and streaks. It also ensures that you don't miss any spots because it catches any drips as you clean the lower parts of the window. Clean windows frequently to avoid buildup: Cleaning your outdoor windows often can help you avoid a buildup of dirt and grime. Depending on your location, you may want to clean your windows once every few months or more frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Outside Windows

What should you not use for cleaning windows?

When cleaning your outdoor windows, avoid using paper towels and fabrics that are not microfiber. Paper towels can leave debris from disintegrating paper, while everyday towels often leave behind lint. Use microfiber cloths or newspaper to scrub your windows for the best results.

How often should you wash outside windows?

For most homeowners and business owners, washing your exterior windows 2-3 times yearly is enough. Scrubbing your outdoor windows a couple of times each year will help prevent dirt and other debris from building up and causing other problems, such as liability issues. To remove smudges and fingerprints in between cleanings, consider using a professional-grade glass cleaner to do the job.

What is the best way to clean outside windows without streaking?

The best way to clean outside windows without streaking is to use a two-bucket cleaning system, a squeegee, and a microfiber cloth. Start by scrubbing the window with a brush or sponge soaked in soapy water from top to bottom. Next, use the squeegee to remove excess water from the window, starting at the top and working your way down. Finally, use a microfiber cloth to wipe any remaining water from the edges of the window and achieve a streak-free finish.

What do professional window cleaners use to clean windows?

Professional window cleaners use various tools and cleaning solutions to achieve a spotless, streak-free finish. Some tools include squeegees, scrapers, brushes, and extension poles. Professional cleaners also use specialized cleaning solutions, such as vinegar and water mixtures, to remove dirt and grime from the windows.

Is Dawn dish soap good for washing outside windows?

Dawn dish soaps are great for cleaning exterior windows because of their cleaning properties. Using dish soap on outside windows can help remove any caked-on dirt and grime.

Need Help Cleaning Outside Windows?

Scrubbing outdoor windows can be challenging and time-consuming, especially if you have a multi-story home or commercial building. If you're feeling overwhelmed or don't have the time or equipment to clean your windows on your own, consider contacting a professional window cleaning service like Window Genie. At Window Genie, we specialize in providing high-quality, professional window cleaning services for homes and businesses of all sizes. Our experienced technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning solutions to leave your windows sparkling clean and streak-free. In addition to traditional window cleaning services, we offer pressure washing services to help keep your property looking its best. From cleaning your siding to washing your driveway and sidewalks, we can help you tackle even the most challenging outdoor cleaning tasks. So if you're ready to take the hassle out of cleaning your outdoor windows, contact us today to learn more about our services and get a free quote.
Weather, especially winter weather, can take a real toll on your patio deck. The combination of ice, snow, rain and changing temperatures can take away some of its original lusters. This may have you wondering, “Should I pressure wash my deck?”. “Will pressure washing restore its original look?” Maintaining your patio deck to keep it looking good may seem like a relatively simple task, but there is a little more to it than you might think. Knowing how to properly clean your deck will not only improve the overall appearance, it will also help it last longer too! This means you can get more hours of enjoyment out of it.

The Proper Way to Pressure Wash a Deck

One of the best ways to clean your deck and restore its original beauty is by pressure washing. Although using a power washer is not complicated, using one effectively to clean your deck does require some skill and safety precautions.

Getting Started

Depending on the type of machine you are using (gas or electric) make sure both the water supply and electricity (if electric), are securely fastened. It’s also important to make sure you have water flowing to the machine before you start it up.

Applying Pressure

Some pressure washers can produce up to 4,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI). Although highly effective for concrete cleaning, applying this much pressure to your deck can cause irreversible damage. To clean a deck effectively, about 1,500 pounds of pressure will do the job nicely, without causing permanent damage.

Safety Measures

It’s also important to maintain a certain distance from the surface you’re cleaning. Too close and you could etch into your deck, not close enough will result in a less than a thorough cleaning. Depending on the amount of pressure (PSI) being applied, most manufacturers recommend a distance of about 3-6 inches away from the surface you are washing. When it comes to your personal safety, protective eyewear is a must. Regardless of how careful you are, using highly pressurized water to clean a surface can result in blowback as dirt and debris are loosened by the force of the water. It’s also best to wear some type of waterproof, non-slip footwear. This will not only protect your feet, it should also help minimize the risk of slipping on the wet surface as you clean.

Should I Pressure Wash My Deck Before Staining?

Yes, pressure washing your deck before applying a new stain is a good idea. This will provide a much cleaner surface to work with, which should prolong the life of the stain. Clearing away the old finish, grime, mold, mildew, and other impurities in the wood—as well as the graying layer of the wood that was exposed to the sun—will allow the stain to absorb evenly into the wood. After you power wash, allow the wood to dry for at least 48 hours before you begin applying the new stain. This will allow the wood to dry completely and ensure the water doesn’t affect the even application of your stain. If your deck or porch doesn’t get much sun, you may want to extend the drying time by an extra day.

Should I Pressure Wash My Deck in the First Place?

Pressure washing your deck on a regular basis can improve the overall appearance. Over time, exposure to the sun grays the wood on your deck and an occasional power wash can brighten the boards back up, as well as clean off any accumulated grime, mold, or mildew. Because pressurized cleaning can effectively remove the mold before it sets into the wood, it also protects your boards from needing to be replaced as often. Cleaning once or twice a year can keep your deck in prime condition. Pressure washing also increases the longevity of your deck stain and protects the wood from mold. More than brightening the look of your deck or porch, regular maintenance can reduce the need for replacing boards and allow you to enjoy your space longer with fewer repairs. As mentioned, using a pressure washer is not complicated, but it is a powerful piece of equipment that requires some expertise to use effectively and safely

Schedule Regular Cleaning

Your patio deck is just one area of your home that can benefit from a regular pressure washing schedule. Other areas like your roof and walkways can also benefit from regular cleaning. If you find it hard to maintain in all or would prefer to have a professional do the job, your local Window Genie can help. We have over 20 years of experience helping homeowners keep their decks and other areas of their homes looking good. To set up an appointment, call 877 243-8624 today or request a quote online.
During a walk around the neighborhood, you may have noticed one or more neighbors pressure washing the siding on their homes, and wondered if the same cleaning method could be used on your roof. Unfortunately, the short answer is no. Pressure washing may seem like the quick solution to a dirty roof, but it can damage both your roof and your gutters. That’s why it’s important to use a professional soft wash service to clean your roof. Washing your roof using the correct method will help you avoid problems like damaged gutters later on.  

Structural Damage  

High-pressure washing can result in structural damage to both your roof and your gutters. Too much water pressure can loosen the granules on your shingles, which then flow into your gutters and cause damage by creating extra weight and blockages. You might even cause damage by creating loose shingles that get trapped in the gutters. Pressure washing can also damage your gutters by loosening or breaking the anchors that secure them to the house. If done incorrectly, pressure washing can quickly turn your minor roof scrub-up project into an expensive mess. You could end up with a dirty roof, damaged gutters, and a hefty bill from the contractor you had to hire to fix the structural damage. Definitely not the outcome you wanted!  Related Topic: Why You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof  

Paint Removal  

Applying pressurized water to your roof might remove the dirt, but it can also remove paint from your gutters. In fact, pressure washing is one of the methods professional painters use to remove paint from wood, metal, concrete, and other exterior surfaces. Even if your exterior paint is new, a high-pressure wash could easily strip it away, leaving bare spots on your gutters and possibly even along your eaves. In fact, if you accidentally send high-pressure water blasting through your eaves, you might leave your attic a sopping wet mess 

Incorrect Ladder Placement  

When it comes to climbing up onto your roof—whether you are experienced or inexperienced—using a ladder can be dangerous. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. caused by falls from ladders. Even if it wasn’t so dangerous, incorrect ladder placement can still damage your gutters because they’re not built to support any additional weight. In addition, you might think your ladder is steady but the force of the high-pressure water can throw you off balance—possibly damaging you and your gutters at the same time.  Use Our Soft Wash Process  Having a clean roof can make the rest of your home look even better, but it’s important to make sure it’s done the right way. After you weigh the risk and potential damage that could be caused by cleaning it yourself, hiring Window Genie to clean your roof and gutters is the way to go—best for both your wallet and your safety. Not only do we know the safest way to access your roof and gutters, but we have the tools to clean them without causing any damage. We’ll save you time, effort, and expensive repairs that could be caused by doing the job yourself. So, if you're ready to have your roof and gutters cleaned, call the pros at Window Genie for a free consultation. You can reach us at 877-243-8624 or visit our website today. 
Although the roof over your head is a major part of protecting your family and possessions from the elements, you probably don’t give it the time and attention it deserves. After all, cleaning your roof isn’t usually high on most priority lists. However, to extend the life of your roof and maintain its good condition, it should be cleaned at least once a year. Doing so will also provide an opportunity to do a yearly assessment of its condition. A good roof cleaning can also serve to increase the curb appeal of your home.   When it comes to your roof, you should have debris removed, your gutters cleaned, and repair any loose or missing material on an annual basis. Staying on top of such roof maintenance will not only save you money over time, it will help you avoid the hassle and expense that comes from a damaged or unkempt roof.   Depending on the age of your roof, color, slope, and the materials it is made of, you should have your roof professionally cleaned at least once a year. Factors like your climate and surroundings (for example, lots of trees around your home) will also determine how often your roof should be cleaned and cleared of debris. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that will determine how often you should clean your roof:    

Roof Age 

The age of your roof will definitely play a part in how often it needs maintenance. If your roof is brand new, you may feel that you can get away with minimal upkeep. However, this approach is not advisable, even for a relatively new roof. When it comes to roof maintenance, it’s better to be proactive than deal with an unexpected problem at the worst possible time (a leak during the height of your rainy season).   If you have a roof that is over 5 years old, cleaning it annually will accomplish several things: clear debris, mildew and mold, beautify your home’s exterior, and provide an opportunity to inspect and assess your roofs’ condition. Then, any issues that you may not have been aware of with your roof can be resolved before it gets any worse. If you have a roof that is over 10 years old, it should be cleaned and inspected at least twice a year to ensure it is still in good condition. Be sure it is checked thoroughly for signs of wear, such as loose, cracked or missing material. 

Roof Color and Pitch 

In addition to the age of your roof, the color of the roof material and slope and pitch of your roof will also determine how often it should be cleaned. A roof constructed of darker material will hide dirt and grime much better than a roof that is a lighter color. If you have a light-colored roof, you’ll probably need to have it cleaned once or twice a year depending on the amount of rain or snow you receive. Also, a roof that is pitched or set to a steep angle will allow water, dirt and debris to run off easily. In contrast, a flat or slightly sloped roof will enable water and other debris to sit and accumulate, and therefore it will require more frequent cleaning.  

Roof Materials 

The type of material used to cover your roof will also determine how often it needs to be cleaned. There are several types of materials that can be used to cover your roof. Depending on where you live, builders may use material like concrete or slate tiles, which have a rough finish and are typically brushed and flat. Other materials include barrel or ‘S’ tile, which is rounded and more slippery when wet. Then there are shake, cedar, or asphalt shingles, or you may even have a metal or clay roof. Some of this roof material, like cedar, shake, and asphalt shingles, take longer to dry once they become wet. Other material like barrel and ‘S’ tile and metal can be extremely slippery when wet and increase the likelihood of a slip and fall accident. Some roof material can also be damaged easily by use of heavy equipment or the use of highly pressurized water.   Related Topic: Why You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof  A roof constructed of material like shake, cedar, or asphalt shingles usually holds up well to weather. These shingles typically hide dirt and grim much better and don’t need to be cleaned as often - perhaps once a year. However, roofs constructed of tile or metal have a tendency to show dirt, grime, and mildew more easily, and therefore will require cleaning every 6-8 months.   It’s important to note that pressure washing—although a popular method for cleaning a roof—  can erode the material used to construct your roof. Some material, like asphalt composite shingles, are more fragile and can be damaged easily. Cleaning these type of shingles with highly pressurized water will destroy the surface by removing the sandy gravel finish, exposing the protective tar paper that lies underneath. Once this protective membrane is exposed to heat from the sun, the chance of developing a roof leak increases significantly. This is just another reason why hiring a professional to clean your roof is a good idea. 

Climate and Surroundings 

The location of your home can have a significant impact on the condition of your roof. If your home is surrounded by trees, chances are debris like branches, leaves, and twigs will find their way onto your roof. As this debris sits on your roof dirt and grime also accumulate to diminish its appearance.    If your area also gets a lot of wind, rain, and snow, branches and leaves can fall from nearby trees and land on top of your roof without you realizing it. This debris can damage roof material and clog your gutters. This combination of weather can be very detrimental to the appearance and structure of your roof. However, it’s nothing some timely cleaning and maintenance can’t handle.  

Professional Roof Cleaning 

Yes, your roof is designed to protect you and your possessions from anything Mother Nature throws your way, but this doesn’t mean it won’t need a little TLC every once in a while. Working on a roof can be extremely dangerous and cleaning one is not an easy task. So when it’s time to clean your roof, leave it to the professionals at Window Genie. We have the experience and equipment to do the job thoroughly and safely. Call Window Genie today for a free consultation and let us help you get your roof and the rest of your homes’ exterior looking its absolute best! 
Pressure washing your roof may seem like an efficient way to clean it up in a short amount of time. Using powerful jets of water to blast away any mold, mildew or dirt that dare cling to your roof seems like the right way to approach this job. But is it safe to pressure wash your roof, and could you actually be doing more harm than good? As tempting as it may be to spray away all that dirt, mold, and gunk, be warned - pressure washing your roof is not only incredibly dangerous, it can also lead to structural and electrical damage within your home. In this article, we’ll explore several reasons why you should never pressure wash your roof yourself and instead, consider hiring a professional that uses a soft wash technique. This method of cleaning your roof helps kill and remove any algae, moss, mildew, and dirt. It also keeps you safe and minimizes the risk of damage to your home.

Damage to Your Home

The roof over your head may seem like it is sturdy enough to withstand a little pressure washing a few times a year, but don’t be fooled! Sure, your roof was built to protect you and your family from elements like rain, snow, and falling debris, but it’s not made to keep out highly pressurized jets of water. Applying high-pressure water directly to your roof can cause the bonding or adhesive between your roof material to break, damaging the underlying fabric that protects the interior of your home. Spraying pressurized water can also result in cracks or breaks in the ceramic, cement, or slate tiles. If you have a clay or shingle roof, the pressurized water can cause leaks that allow water to leak directly into your home. If you have other features on your roof, such as vents, skylights, or solar panels, applying too much high-pressure water could compromise the seals that keep those features watertight, resulting in a leak. On the other hand too little water pressure to clean your roof just creates a dangerous, wet mess and a whole new set of dilemmas. Depending on the type of material covering your roof, it could become very slippery when wet. This increases the potential for a slip and fall accident. Regardless of how high your roof is, even a fall from a relatively short distance can result in life altering injuries. Plus, the minimal water pressure will do little, if anything, to clean your roof. When you factor in the risks, it’s just not worth the effort. In addition, there are other factors that make pressure washing your roof a bad idea.

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Electrical Hazards

Do you know where all of your electrical service panels, overhead wires, and electrical outlets are on the exterior of your home? If not, you may be in for quite a shock - literally! If water finds its way into your electrical panel or any outdoor wires, not only are you in danger of electrocution and electric shock, but the pressurized water can also cause serious damage to your home's electrical system. So, while it may seem like a cheaper and easier alternative to use your pressure washer to clean your roof, the long-term effects could be very costly.

Climbing Hazards

You may have climbed onto your roof once or twice before (which can be very dangerous), but moving around on a roof that is wet can be a very different story. It’s never advisable to walk around on a wet roof because there is a real danger of falling off. However, when you combine a wet roof with trying to do a job like pressure washing, you may be taking on a lot more than you bargained for. Also, keep in mind that pressure washers that are designed for homeowner use are not intended for use on a roof. Trying to get such a machine onto your roof can be extremely dangerous. You could damage the machine and injure yourself in the process. Even if the machine stays on the ground, moving around your roof with a hose around your feet on a wet, slippery surface is not ideal. And that doesn’t include the number of times you’ll have to go up and down a ladder to reposition your machine. It’s dangerous and difficult work that is best left to professionals.

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A Better, Safer Alternative

The idea of pressure washing your own roof is definitely tempting, but it’s also very risky. Sure, you may save a little money in the short term, but the potential hazards to you and your home far outweigh any savings you may realize. And, doing this job yourself could ultimately end up costing you a lot more money. So, what’s the alternative to damaging your home and risking your personal safety to have a roof that shines?  Window Genie s’ soft wash process is designed to safely and effectively pressure wash your roof and your entire home. With over 20 years of experience, Window Genie understands what it takes to clean even the most difficult surfaces. Our soft wash process will help take the pressure off when it comes to cleaning your roof.
When the time comes to pressure wash your home, it might seem like a job that anyone can do by renting the machine and getting to work. To most people, a pressure washer just seems like a powerful hose that even a teenager could operate and do a good job. However, a pressure washer is an extremely powerful tool that requires a lot of experience and skill to be able to operate safely. In this article, we have laid out some of the things you should never do if you are going to use a pressure washer on your home. 

1) Disregard Safety Concerns   

The number one thing you should avoid when pressure washing a house is disregarding safety before and during the cleaning process. To help ensure you complete the cleaning process safely follow these steps:  Always wear protective gear.   Make sure the area you’re going to clean is cleared of any debris.   Secure or remove any items that might be easily dislodged as you clean.   Answer any questions you have about how to use the machine.   Paying attention to your surroundings.  

2) Apply Too Much Pressure  

It’s always best to start a pressure washer at the lowest possible setting, This will allow you to get a feel for the way the machine operates. It will also give you a sense of how forceful the spray is at the lowest setting. Starting with the washer turned up full blast could not only damage your home, it might also lead to serious injury if it gets out of your control. Starting slow and turning the pressure up as needed will help you adjust to the force and operate the washer safely.   Related Topic: Affordable Ways to Give Your Home Exterior a Fresh, New Look 

3) Start with a Tight Pattern  

When you start cleaning with a pressure washer, always begin by using wide, even strokes. This is another great way to help you adjust to the power and get used to it before you start focusing on smaller areas. Wide, even strokes will also help protect the finish on your home by spreading the pressure out over a wider surface area.  

4) Blast Directly into Corners  

Never blast a stream from the pressure washer directly into a corner. This will direct the flow of water right back at you and could result in an injury to your eyes, head or face if a piece of debris is dislodged in the process. At the very least, you’ll wind up with soaking wet clothes. Wash each individual side of the corner using slow, even strokes to get each side clean.  

5) Use Water Only  

Use a combination of cleaning solution and tap water in your pressure washer. Depending on the strength and potency of the cleaning solution a 50/50 ratio often works best. The water in a power washer is merely the vehicle that delivers the cleaning product, it should not be a substitute for it. Using just water will not give you the bright, rejuvenated look that you are trying to achieve by pressure washing your home.  

6) Clean Windows First  

Cleaning your windows after you have pressure washed your home is highly recommended. The spray of a pressure washer is difficult to contain and will not always be concentrated exactly where you want it to be. Since you will inevitably get some spray and other debris on your windows when washing the house, it is best to clean your window after pressure washing to avoid having to clean them twice.  

7) Ignore Electrical Hazards  

Never ignore open electrical boxes or loose electrical connections on the side of your home. If they are not properly sealed and taken care of, these can quickly become fire hazards when pressure washing. Be sure to take care of any potential electrical issues before you begin pressure washing.  

Professional Pressure Washing 

While doing your own pressure washing might seem like it could save you some money, the potential hazards are just not worth saving a few dollars. Window Genie has the experience and equipment to safely and effectively pressure wash your home. All our work is guaranteed, and you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a professional is handling your pressure cleaning job.  
As the seasons change, winter into spring, spring into summer, we often get the urge to change up the look and feel of our home. Rejuvenating your home is a fantastic idea that can take many different forms. One way to accomplish this goal is to give your homes’ exterior a fresh, new look. We have some ways you can do it without spending a small fortune.   We’ll share some tips to help get your creative juices flowing and add some pizzazz to your home without breaking the bank. These simple ideas don’t take much time and won’t break your budget for the year. So, if you’ve been wondering how you can change things up a little, we have you covered. 

Decorative Window Film  

Decorative Window Film is a simple alternative to etched or stained glass. It can enhance the look of your windows and provide some extra privacy at the same time. Although etched and stained glass is beautiful, it can also be very expensive. Artisan glass is also very nice, but incredibly expensive too. A window film can give you a similar look, and the privacy you want, at a fraction of the price.   You also have more freedom to change up the patterns and colors more easily when the mood strikes you. Decorative film is a fantastic temporary or permanent solution to jazz up the glass and gives the exterior of your home a new, different look.   

Give Your House a Bath 

Pressure washing the exterior of your home is another great way to make it sparkle and let its natural beauty shine through. Just like anything else that is constantly exposed to the elements, your home can get dirty, and sometimes you don’t even notice because it happens gradually over time. A thorough pressure wash can yield some surprising results, especially if it’s been several months since the exterior has been cleaned.   Pressure washing is also an excellent preventative measure against things like mold and rot. When dirt or mud stays on the surface of your home for a long time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. This can eventually lead to structural damage. Pressure washing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria, which in turn will help safeguard your home.   Related Topic: 3 Reasons to Clean and Secure Your Gutters 

Revive Your Driveway and Sidewalks  

The concrete around your home is another area that can get dirty and discolored over time. Meticulous concrete cleaning can reinvigorate the walkways and driveway in front of your home and have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of your home. You might be surprised just how bright and sparkling your driveway can look after a proper cleaning.   Cleaning the hard surfaces around your home can also prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew, just like it can with your home’s exterior. Getting rid of dirt and grime on your walkways and driveways can eliminate any buildup and keep you from slipping when the surface is wet. It can also prevent damage and deterioration of those surfaces over time.   These simple yet cost-effective ideas can really help give your home the fresh, new look you’re looking for. And if you need a little help, Window Genie can take care of some or all the projects on your ‘to do’ list. They can have your house looking it's absolute best in no time. Window Genie professionals have the experience and expertise to refresh your home exterior so you can start thinking about what you want to change inside your house...it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. 

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