Lagniappe Living in Lake Charles, Louisiana: Pressure Washing Your House Improves Its Appearance Like a Magic Eraser!

Pressure Washing Your House Improves Its Appearance Like a Magic Eraser!

Pressure Washing Your House Improves Its Appearance


Our home is built with "treated" cypress wood posts and beams.  Over the last year we noticed that the front post didn't quite look right was turning black!

We were not sure what to do and my first thought was the wood just needed to be stained.  Always one to consult with a professional, I obtained the opinion of a painter.  The painter came by and told me it was a simple solution, we just needed to pressure wash the exterior wood with a "house wash" product. We obtained a concentrate product that is mixed with 2 cups of household bleach added to 2 gallons of water in a pump sprayer.

Being a worrier by nature, I was concerned with the landscaping the in the front flower beds and wanted to protect them from the concentrate mixed with bleach. I covered my plants with a drop cloth as mentioned by this painter who also has some helpful advice about protecting your plants when you pressure wash.




We sprayed the house wash mixture on first and then pressure washed with plain water. As I watched my husband pressure washing the Cypress Post it was like using one of those Magic Eraser Sponges that makes dirt disapper it was amazing!

Look at the before and after pictures of the beam above my front window!

before and After pressure wash


Happy with the results we turned our attention to the back porch.

pressure washing concrete

If you are thinking of selling your home, you want to make a good impression.  Take the advice of my Active Rain friend Scott Hayes  who recently posted a great Blog with some homeowner tips entitled  Don't Ignore the Honey do List! 

  A simple weekend project of pressure washing can make a whole lot of difference improving the appearance of your home. 




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Comment balloon 11 commentsMarilyn Boudreaux • August 30 2010 12:26AM


We pressure washed out house about 2 weeks ago, it was amazing!  I don't know why we didn't do it earlier.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) almost 10 years ago

A good tip to the seller before putting the home on market...

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 10 years ago

An easy and inexpensive tip to home sellers to improve the curb appeal of their home! Great post!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 10 years ago
Marilyn, just happened to spend two hours using a power washer today. The results were great!
Posted by Billi Evans (Murney Associates) almost 10 years ago

That really does make a difference as long as the person doing it doesn't take off a bunch of paint.  I have seen some major disasters with those things if you don't know how to use them.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago

A good ole pressure washer with no chemicals will usually do the trick!! Amazing results, however, once you start be prepared to do all of it! There's never a good stopping point! Also for that white vinyl siding check out JoMAX it's amazing. Add with a little bleach and some water in a compression sprayer and it dissapears without any scrubbing!

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) almost 10 years ago

Wow, Marilyn… pretty impressive before and after photos. I may have to give it a try!

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) almost 10 years ago

Good idea, I hope I remember it when my house is a little older (Its only two years old now)

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Ellen our home is 3 yrs old and my husband is beginning to think that is the shelf life of a home lol!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) almost 10 years ago

Carol????? I'm not sure what your comment has to do with pressure washing???

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) almost 10 years ago

Great post Marilyn. I'm remodeling a spec house next week, and power washing is first on the list.

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) almost 10 years ago