How to Care for Your Stucco
Is stucco used on the exterior of your home? Does your home have stucco walls? Great! Due to its extreme durability, stucco has been a popular choice for siding and wall coatings for centuries. Your stucco may last a lifetime with the correct services and upkeep.
Even though today’s stucco is constructed of cement and sand, it needs little to no upkeep. But you must not disregard it. Any stucco service provider would tell you that one time a year should be plenty to clean and maintain your stucco, especially if it is outside. How to maintain stucco is as follows:
Cleaning Your Stucco of Stains
The majority of the time, all that is required to clean indoor stucco is to wet the surface with a nylon brush damp with water. To remove dirt and stains, use a moist cotton towel or microfiber cloth after that. You’ll need a lot more than just water to remove a stain that is really difficult to remove from the surface of your stucco.
Trisodium phosphate, sometimes known as TSP, is suggested. It is available for purchase at any nearby hardware or other home improvement store. But there are measures you need to carefully follow in order to clean your stucco with the chemical. It would be much safer and simpler to just hire a professional to perform the cleaning for you. But if you do want to do it yourself, make sure the area is sufficiently ventilated. Additionally, you must put on safety gear, including gloves, long sleeves, pants, and eye protection.
1) Dilute the TSP in the water by using a 15 to 1 water to TSP ratio.
2) Use a nylon brush to apply it to the stain, then wait one to two hours for it to dry.
Maintaining Outdoor Stucco
It goes without saying that your stucco has been exposed to the weather if you have it outside. It must be cleaned frequently to remove dirt and grime accumulation. It’s a really straightforward operation, but it should be left to professionals so you won’t have to worry about anything.
It is sufficient to use a power washer or even a garden hose with a spray nozzle. Hire a professional if you wish to use a power washer because they have the right tools and know-how. No matter what tool you choose, use the mist setting to avoid damaging the stucco.
1) Flood your stucco, working your way up from the bottom.
2) Change to a concentrate spray and perform a top-to-bottom cleaning. In this method, trash won’t settle and unclean water won’t result in unsightly streaks or get absorbed.
3) Carefully brush away any accumulated dirt with a nylon brush. Use the same procedure as before but with a pump sprayer if there are really difficult stains. Rinse it, then let it dry.
If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area and require a professional stucco service, get in touch with Shaddai Plastering right away! You can call (602) 601-9629 to get in contact with us.