Prior to painting your home, it is always advisable to clean it free of dirt and mildew. Even if you’re not painting, you should keep your wooden or vinyl sided house clean. Think about it in simpler terms, we clean our cars how many times a week, or month? Living in New England we all know salt eats our cars, and to keep them in good shape we must clean them, not to mention they are much more attractive when not covered in dirt! Wouldn’t you want to keep your house clean and attractive as well? The mildew will eat away at your paint coating or wood, and eventually you have to spend a larger sum of money to replace rotting wood or failing paint. Not to mention the car that costs $10,000 plus, is much less expensive than your home at $300,000 plus! Shouldn’t we keep our larger investment clean and maintained as well? And our house is a yearly issue, not monthly or weekly one as a car would be!

So now that we know we should clean our homes, much like a car there are several ways to do so. Typically, a power washer can be used, but do we really need 3000 PSO to do so? No, of course not- work smarter, not harder is my motto. We at One Stop prefer to apply our cleaner at lower pressures either through a downstream injector (adds chemicals to hose after the pump, so it mixes in downstream with minimal pressure) or we apply via a separate smaller pump. Both systems use lower pressure, as the tip and pressure must be dialed down to allow chemicals to pick up through the injectors. More often than not we use an actual garden hose, but we have the pressure standing by for specific situations. We often do a double rinse and use a fragrant detergent after our standard wash to further clean and leave a fresh aroma. Once done, we lightly clean the windows at same time (not an actual window cleaning per say, but we do not want to leave a heavy residue upon completion) Again, we also often use a separate pump system more often than not. It runs thru a standard garden hose, out a standard garden nozzle, with same pressure you will get from any standard water faucet. This is why we can confidently say we offer a non-damaging system for older, more delicate surfaces. We also prefer this system to clean wooden roofs, and even asphalt roofs, to remove unsightly staining with no damage or water penetrating through the inside. We are asked many questions and I will list some of our more commonly heard one’s for you.

EXAMPLES OF LOWER PRESSURE SITUATIONS
-Most wood such as shingles, fences, decking, and roofing of course both wood and asphalt

EXAMPLES OF HIGHER PRESSURE SURFACES
-Most stone such as walls, steps, brick walkways or houses, concrete walkways, pool aprons, and some decks. We may opt to use a higher pressure if we need to strip or go thru deeply ground in dirt.

* Pressure can be your best friend, or your worst enemy when not used properly. Professional power washers are well-versed in all phases of pressures and when to use high or low pressure. We know what tips to put on our machines, and the best cleaning products. We know when to use hot water, the proper safe distance to maintain from surfaces we are cleaning. We wash more houses than the average painting company. In fact between 2016 and 2017 we’re setting up a truck dedicated to nothing but power washing. We wash hundreds of homes every year. We are very safe, methodical, and efficient.

This is a very common question, and I’m sorry to say the answer is yes, it can sometimes damage plantings. We do not clean with fertilizers, but if you use care and wet down plants prior, it helps immensely. Upon completion, again rinse off lightly all plantings so anything landing on plants is diluted from pre-wetting, and cleaned free on completion. There are more eco friendly cleaners on the market, but to date we have not found one we would recommend to properly clean and help out plants at same time. Covering with plastic will bake the plants, and drop cloths get wet and crush them, so care and common sense helps alleviate most problems.
This is a very good question. YES, we can use a low pressure wash to clean your home free of dirt but not remove paint in the process. Thus you keep your home clean and free of harmful mildews and unsightly stains.
Most homes can have the gray removed from their shingles to show a cleaner and newer look. A wash will remove the dirt and mildew that is harmful to the wood, and it can be done with a low pressure wash to lessen damage to wood. We also recommend a good sealer be applied after cleaning to add oil and preserve wood from drying out.
Yes, we can. Lets be honest here, vinyl is not as final as some would like us to believe! It will get dirty, it will get mildew and mold growth, and yes, it will fade in the sun as well. It can be cleaned free of dirt and mildew very easily. Some areas of aluminum may oxidize badly over time and require hand scrubbing, but when even hand cleaning does not work, both vinyl and aluminum can be painted! Truth be told, an aluminum sided house once painted will hold the paint better than a wooden house, as there is no moisture penetration to cause coating failure!
Of course you can, it is not rocket science. There are very easy ways to clean the house, a few ladders and a hand pump can clean a house if used properly! Ask an expert, check with the paint stores, or call One Stop! Wouldn’t you rather spend time with your family while we clean the house for you quickly, safely, and thoroughly? It is very inexpensive to clean your house. Think of it as preventative maintenance. We can clean your house, decks, fence’s, your concrete or brick walkways, pool aprons, etc. When I was younger and working in restaurants, a wise man once told me “Young Jeffrey, a clean floor is a happy floor” As silly as it sounded when I was just 18, it always stuck in the back of my mind, and now as Greg told me, I will tell you, a clean house is a happy house! Let us make your house happy.


Black streaks on your roof? Jeff Cohen explains what you need to know before you power wash your roof or house.

Power washing the Ocean Spray corporate building with walkways washed and sealed.
Power washing the Ocean Spray corporate building with walkways washed and sealed.

Shingle Restoration: (L) Shows 1/2 cleaned; (R) Finished product with no sealer, just cleaned.
Shingle Restoration: (L) Shows 1/2 cleaned; (R) Finished product with no sealer, just cleaned.

Before: Shingle restoration in Kingston, MA: 1/2 cleaned. After: Shingle Restoration in Kingston, MA: fully cleaned, sealed & trim painted.
Before: Shingle restoration in Kingston, MA: 1/2 cleaned. After: Shingle Restoration in Kingston, MA: fully cleaned, sealed & trim painted.

Shingle Restoration: (L) House before we do anything. (R) House cleaned only, not yet fully painted.
Shingle Restoration: (L) House before we do anything. (R) House cleaned only, not yet fully painted.

From wooden decks to cedar siding, we can powerwash just about anything

From wooden decks to cedar siding, we can powerwash just about anything

Before powerwashing (L) and after

Before powerwashing (L) and after

Before and After

Before (L) and after powerwashing

Before (L) and after powerwashing