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Stucco finish is a very popular option when it comes to siding for a home’s exterior because it requires very basic maintenance and looks great for a long period of time. 

In order to help your stucco remain in great condition, an inspection should be done annually to see whether or not there are any stains, mildew, dust, dirt or mould. Forgetting to perform an inspection can lead to the deterioration of your stucco, so it’s important to do it regularly, which will allow you to spot problems and clean them before they become serious. Depending on the weather, you can choose to make additional inspections if you feel it is necessary. 

Stucco is porous, making it more susceptible to dirt and debris, which it will inevitably attract. It can also trap moisture and that could lead to major headaches if not taken care of as your stucco will be more vulnerable to damage. Inspecting your siding once a year will help avoid expensive repairs because you’ll be able to tackle the problem before it leads to trouble for both your wallet and your home.

Once you inspect your stucco and confirm that there are no problems, you can proceed with cleaning it which should also be done once a year unless your climate calls for it more often. The cleaning process is quite simple to do and simply requires you to hook up your garden hose so that you can rinse the stucco from top to bottom to remove and eliminate all of the dust and debris that have accumulated. A garden hose is perfect for the job because the gentle stream will not harm the stucco. 

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If there is a stubborn stain that your garden hose cannot remove, use a stiff nylon brush that has been dipped in a bucket of hot water and dish soap, which should help remove it. Do not scrub your stucco vigorously because you can damage it; follow up with another rinse once you’ve taken care of the dirt spots that required more care and attention. It is important to make sure that there is no soapy water left on your siding because it will attract more dust and debris. Power washing your siding can be tempting, but it’s best to avoid this method of cleaning because it can harm and compromise the siding and that’s something you definitely want to avoid, so don’t take the chance.

Many homeowners prefer to have a professional come and inspect their stucco, which is often a very good idea. Stucco Wall Systems is a reputable company that can help with repairs of any kind in the Mississauga, Oakville and Etobicoke areas, so if you want a stucco contractor you can trust, give them a call today!

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