Why should you clean the exterior of your log home?
1. Maintain the durability and appearance of your exterior finish.
2. Dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants provide a food source for fungal growth on your logs.
3. If using a contact insecticide, dirt accumulated on the exterior surface of your home will prevent bugs from contacting the treated surface and render the insecticide ineffective.
4. Helps you get a good look at the physical condition of your logs/siding to see if there are any areas that need caulking or chinking.
5. A regular gentle cleaning of the exterior of your home can prolong the life of the stain/finish on your home.
Why should you not use bleach or ammonia based products?
What You Need
How to Clean Your Log Home
1. Pick a small area. Work only an area big enough so that the cleaning solution is on the wall for about 10-15 minutes.
2. Wet down the wall with mist from your garden hose.
3. Apply cleaning solution with a garden sprayer, starting at the bottom of the wall and work your way up.
4. Scrub. Gently scrub the wall with your brush.
5. Rinse. Use a gentle setting on the hose nozzle and thoroughly rinse the cleaner from the top down. This will help prevent blotches and drip marks. If you are going to use a pressure washer set it to deliver at 500-800 PSI to avoid splitting the wood fibers.
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