Cleaning a Stucco house for a customer in Snellville, Georgia

Stucco is an excellent alternative to other forms of siding and, when properly cared for, can outlast them as well. Unfortunately, the texture of a stucco wall is rough and uneven, acting as a magnet for grime, dust and dirt.  This will make even the best stucco sided wall look dingy, old and unattractive if not cared for.  Although cleaning your stucco walls is something a handy person can do as a DIY project, there is a good amount of care that must be taken so the stucco isn’t damaged.  For this reason, and because we are pressure washing professionals, we recommend you call us.

Pressure washing a stucco wall should be done with care as too much pressure can crack the wall, exposing the underlayment of the wall and setting you up for costly repairs down the road.  Before pressure washing, care should be taken to identify and patch any existing cracks or holes and then give a good amount of time – usually about a week – for these patches to dry.  You can find easy to use patching material at your local hardware store – look for an elastomeric coating that will stay waterproof as well as flex and stretch to cover the cracks when heat and cold make the walls expand and contract.  After patching, wait for a day that promises warm and dry weather and then call us – we’ll be extra careful around those newly patched areas.  Also, stucco siding often has soft or vulnerable areas that are not easily distinguishable so high pressure should not be used or, if used, used very carefully.

Often stucco walls suffer from years of neglect and can have stains of varying degrees on the surface.  We usually like to pretreat these stains and then use a gently rotating brush to scrub them, followed by low pressure washing.

Many people are tempted to paint over stained or badly maintained stucco and this is a valid quick-fix.  However, painting over stucco requires even more maintenance in the future and it is generally considered best practice to leave your stucco in its raw state and have it washed on a regular basis.

As with any cleaning, chemicals are sometimes used and this allows us to use less pressure and less heat. Care should be taken to protect plants and gardens in the area that will be worked on.  The chemicals we use are non-toxic and do not harm plants or animals but there is still a desire to water plants thoroughly and then cover them before the work is done.  A stray stream from a pressure washer can damage a plant so we advise taking the time to cover them before we being our work.