Care for your home exterior

A lot of people tend to neglect the exterior of their homes, but when it really comes down to it the outside of your home is your face to the public and should be taken care of as thoroughly and diligently as the interior of your house. Some would even say that caring for your home’s exterior is more important than taking care of the interior. It’s also a sure way to keep your house from being devalued and makes it easier to sell, if that’s what you’re looking to do. If that is the case, then the better care you take of your property, the easier it will be to find a buyer willing to get it.

Here are a few simple tips that will help you to keep your house’s exterior in order, and make your house a cozy, wonderful place to live.

The number 1 biggest priority is to keep your home’s exterior clean. Your siding, porches, etc., can use a regular pressure wash to keep grime and filth from building up. Keep your yard clear of trash and free of random objects lying around. Keep it tidy!

Get moss and stains removed from your roof to avoid damaging shingles, and getting your home insurance policy suspended. Call a local roof cleaning ma company for a quote on how much it might cost for a soft wash treatment.

Don’t be afraid to get a little gardening done. Whether you do it on your own or hire someone, try keeping your lawn mowed, plant a few flowers, and have a couple of plants in your yard to spruce the place up a bit. Once you have a decent flower bed, make sure to provide it with fresh mulch and water as needed. Get rid of any dying or dead plants to keep the place looking fresh.

Make sure your paint job on your house’s exterior isn’t peeling or fading. Keep it looking sharp, and if you notice your house’s surface could use some paint, don’t hesitate to get it painted.

Make sure your windows and doors are in good condition, clean and not falling apart. Nobody likes to see a home with rickety old windows and doors.

By following these tips you’ll be able to keep your home clean, cozy, and presentable to the public. It takes a little effort, but the end result is well worth it.

Washing Concrete Stains

Have you ever passed by a slab of concrete that just reeked of animal piss? Dog and cat urine can tend to seep into concrete and the smell can permeate the entire area. In this article we’re going to look at a couple of ways to clean that smell out of concrete and return the neighborhood to normal.

The first step is to find the spot with the animal urine. The easiest way to find a pee spot in concrete is with a UV light. This has to be done in the dark, as UV lights won’t work under strong light. The stains will have a blueish or greenish tint under the black light. Once you’ve scanned the room and found the pee stains, outline them with something, like a string or chalk. Make sure to check the walls as well, as sometimes a dog will lift up its leg and pee on a wall.

If the pet has peed recently and hasn’t fully seeped into the concrete yet you’ll be able to soak up a lot of it with newspapers or paper towels. Once the excess urine is disposed of and there’s only the wet spot left on the concrete, you’ll want to use a disinfectant spray or wipes to clean the surface. Be sure not to scrub it aggressively, as this will only force the urine to seep deeper into the concrete. Also avoid using ammonia. Ammonia already has the smell of piss and it would be redundant to try using it to clean urine. You can try using water and bleach. For every 2 cups of water, use 1 tablespoon of bleach.

If the urine has already completely dried by the time you find it, you’ll need to use Trisodium Phosphate to get it out. Protect your eyes and skin by wearing working goggles and rubber gloves. Get a gallon or 2 bucket of warm water and a scrub brush, add half a cup of TSP to each gallon of water. Then get scrubbing!

I hope this article was helpful and you’ll be able to successfully use it to get rid of those nasty urine stains in your concrete.