Maintaining Stucco On My House

A stucco exterior is beautiful, and it adds a lot of character to a home. However, it’s important to keep up with the maintenance of stucco in order to keep it looking its best. It’s relatively simple to care for stucco walls, so let’s explore how to maintain and care for a house with stucco.

Washing Stucco Walls

Stucco walls need to be washed a few times per year. A garden hose works well if you are afraid a power washer will damage your home. You will want to use a stiff brush to scrub the stucco gently. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Rinse the area with clean water when you are finished. There’s a lot of labor involved, but the effort is worth the results you will get!

You can use a power washer on high settings for this, or you can wash the walls by hand. Be careful not to damage the stucco while washing it. However, power washers can be a lot faster and more efficient than using a garden hose. You’ll want to use a power washer of around 2,000 PSI to avoid any damage to the walls. Also, be careful of how close you get to the walls with the power washer. You don’t want to strip away any of the stucco.

Cleaning Agents and Stucco

You should avoid using any harsh chemicals or cleaners on stucco. This can damage the material. Instead, use a solution of water and mild dish soap. You can also use white vinegar and water. These solutions will be gentle enough to not damage the stucco while still getting rid of any dirt or grime that has built up.

Dish Soap and Water. You can get a great result using a simple solution of warm water and premium dish soap. Things will be a lot cleaner if you use soap, rather than just water.

Bleach. Bleach is great for removing any mold or mildew stains. However, you have to be careful about how much bleach you use. Too much bleach can damage the stucco. Try using a 1:10 ratio of water to bleach.

Vinegar and Water. Vinegar is another great option for cleaning stucco walls. It’s gentle and will remove any dirt or grime that has built up. You can use a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar.

Maintaining Color

Stucco is available in a variety of colors, so it’s easy to find one that will complement your home. However, you need to be careful when cleaning stucco because some cleaners can damage the color. For example, using too much bleach can cause the color to fade.

By following some easy steps, you can keep your stucco looking great for years to come. Just remember to wash it a few times per year, use mild cleaners, and be careful of how much bleach you use. With a little bit of effort, your stucco will look great!