Do You Need to Paint? Maybe it is Just Mildew

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880
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     The Problem-Mildew

     Many times, my past Henson Painting clients assumed that their mildew covered house needed to be painted.  It was quite common to clean their homes and have them question whether painting the house was really needed.  Removing mildew can be that dramatic.  Mildew is also hard on painted surfaces and can lead to premature paint failure.  There is a surprising amount of mildew on homes in the Sacramento region for such a dry climate.  It can be very prevalent on the shady side of a home or under the eaves.  Below is a picture of the mildew covered siding, eaves and gutters at my rental.  Yes, yes, I have been a little lax in maintaining it.  In my defense, it is in Arkansas and I live in Elk Grove, CA.  It is quite a commute!

                                           Siding with Mildew

    The Easy Fix

  I sprayed the siding with a garden sprayer  using a solution of one part bleach and four parts water.  If the discoloration is mildew, then it will begin to fade away very quickly.  Let the solution stay on the surface for ten minutes or so.  If it looks like it worked, rinse the surface off with water.  If the discoloration remains, spray the surface again with the bleach solution (maybe with a little stronger solution) and scrub the surface with a nylon scrub brush.    Make sure to rinse off your plants and other vegetation when you are done.  This is my siding after it was sprayed it with the bleach solution.

                                        

                                           Exterior Siding

     It requires very little work with great results.  This siding did need to be sprayed twice, but I did not scrub it.  The day was cold and I was a little bit on the lazy side.  Still, a remarkable improvement.

A Note on Safety

    You should wear safety glasses, gloves and long sleeves.  I have done it without glasses and it is really hard on your eyes.  Also, do not mix different chemicals together.  Mixing chemicals can be very dangerous. (See Dunn Edward link below)

Garden Sprayers

  I have used all kinds of sprayers, including the type you can carry on your back.  If you will be on ladders, the one you carry on your back makes a lot of sense.  It frees your hands to hold onto the ladder.  They are more expensive, though, so I use a small capacity sprayer.  I think it holds 1.5 gallons of solution or so.

Dunn Edwards paint company Paint Problem Solver-Mildew.

 Are you selling a home with discolored exterior surfaces?  Maybe all you need to do is clean it.  Give me a call if you need a little help.  Other tips to get your home ready to sell. 

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Raymond Henson                                  

eXp Realty

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

916-698-8414

ray.hensonca@gmail.com

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Raymond, good information, and power washing is much more reasonable than having a home painted.  Great post! 

Feb 08, 2020 05:46 AM #5
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Raymond - we also see that In New York.  It shows up on the north side of my house and I power wash but you suggestion is worth trying.

Feb 08, 2020 06:15 AM #6
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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Barbara Todaro,  yes, power washing yields even better results.  I did not have access to one so I just sprayed the siding with the bleach solution.  I love stained siding...wake it up!!!

Michael Jacobs, my wife grew up in Searcy, Arkansas and her sister still lives there.  Here brother lives in Tontitown, which is very close to Fayetteville.  Also, our son and grandson live in the area.  We love the area and it seems to be thriving so we went house shopping a couple of years ago.  Our property is a halfplex and located in Fayetteville.  Go HOGS! ! !

Joan Cox, agreed and getting rid of that mildew can extend the useful life of the paint.  It is hard to admit that an ex-painting contractor, like me, let his siding get so dingy looking.  You should have seen the deck!  :o)    

Feb 08, 2020 06:22 AM #7
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Will Hamm
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Hello Raymond Henson, Good information about solutions on this subject.  We all get ask questins like this all the time.

 

Feb 08, 2020 08:58 AM #8
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Raymond -having lived in Florida and now back in Houston, mildew is a way of life!  Good information here. 

Feb 08, 2020 04:53 PM #9
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Feb 08, 2020 06:52 PM #10
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Raymond...we see a lot of this here in Charlotte where sun doesn't really hit the side of a house. Bleach, vinegar... they all work. And even if you want to repaint, clean first.

Feb 09, 2020 05:39 AM #11
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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 Nina Hollander , yes, if you are going to paint, you difinitely want to clean the surfaces and kill the mildew first.  In my painting days, we always sprayed mildew with a bleach solution, then power washed.

Kathy Streib, thank you for including me in your, "What I learned this week."  I appreciate it!

 

Feb 09, 2020 07:10 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Raymond. This is terrific. I am beyond doiung this myself but OMG, the difference.

Feb 09, 2020 07:18 AM #13
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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I was surprised myself, Sheila Anderson.  I had let it go for a long time, too long, so I was not sure if it  would clean up or not.  It was definitely better than I expected.

Feb 09, 2020 11:53 AM #14
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Joe Pryor
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Living part of the year in Florida close to the ocean this is a common occurence.

Feb 09, 2020 04:22 PM #15
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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We often see this on homes usually the North facing side or a shady side as you say. It is amazing what a little bit of bleach can do.

Feb 10, 2020 08:38 AM #16
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Raymond:

Great advice and a big savings on money, and time. Bleach and vinegar are great for getting rid of mildew.

Jeff

Feb 12, 2020 12:33 PM #17
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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I have learned something, Jeff Dowler, CRS.  I did not know vinegar would work.  I may have to try that next time.  

Feb 12, 2020 01:42 PM #18
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Susan McCall, Loving the Northwest
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I use vinegar around the house, so why not outside the house?

Feb 13, 2020 08:53 PM #19
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Diana Dahlberg
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I see this often on homes with northside of homes. Recently had a listing and I had my husband go and power wash and it was like a miracle!  My Seller was more than happy with the results and the cost was much less than those who we called to get the job done.  Sometimes it is a job we do to save our client a little bit of money. We all win.  We are closing 2/21/2020!

Feb 15, 2020 01:44 PM #20
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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I agree Diana Dahlberg.  We definitely all win.  It is so much easier to sell a house that really has great curb appeal and getting rid of that unsightly mildew really helps.  Kudos to your husband! 

Feb 16, 2020 08:43 AM #21
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M.C. Dwyer
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Congrats on getting your post featured!    Here in the redwoods, this type of discoloration issue is common too.    We often recommend Power Washing to prep a house for sale - you're exactly right: it doesn't always need repainting.    I'd hesitate to recommend bleach because it's pretty toxic stuff; I doubt rinsing off your plants did much more than to dilute it in the soil.      I was delighted to see your precaution about not mixing bleach with anything else.

Feb 17, 2020 08:11 AM #22
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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M.C. Dwyer  , I do worry about bleach so I start with a low concentration and only use it in areas affected with mildew.  As a past painting contractor, I could not afford to have any mildew left after we washed the house and before we painted.  I had to make sure the mildew was killed.  My paint suppliers have told me that bleach kills the mildew, vinegar helps get rid of the discoloration.  

Past employees have mixed chemicals to eliminate steps without telling me.  It was a dangerous mix so I always try to caution against mixing chemicals.  Luckily, my employees did not harm themselves, but it sure worried me! 

Feb 17, 2020 08:31 AM #23
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Such a helpful blog!  I've often wondered if the mildew has to be scraped off.  

Feb 17, 2020 09:00 AM #24
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