20th March 2023

How to Clean Fascia’s and Soffits

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Posted by: David

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Introduction

Keeping your house looking great from the outside is a key part of home maintenance – find out how to clean fascia’s and soffits here.

Keeping your home clean and tidy is a daily chore for most of us, but how often do you think about the outside of your house? Take a moment to check out your house’s gutters, soffits, and fascia’s; you’ll probably notice they are long overdue for a clean-up! We would recommend that these are checked and maintained in Spring and Autumn,

If you want to find out how to clean fascia’s and soffits, we’ve shared everything you need in this handy guide – check it out now!

What Are Soffits and Fascia’s?

Fascia’s and soffits are the parts of the roof that meet your house, giving a clean finish and helping to keep your home looking tidy. Timber fascia’s, or uPVC fascia boards, run along your roof edge and work to hold your gutters in place. The soffits, or soffit boards, are installed on the bottom of the fascia’s and can be seen when you look up the roof.

Soffit boards are designed to keep the area ventilated while providing a clean finish and helping to prevent condensation from forming in your roof space.

How to Clean Fascia’s and Soffits Yourself

Now you’ve stopped to look at the condition of your fascia’s and soffits; you will probably be itching to start cleaning them. We’ve shared some simple instructions that you can follow to clean fascia’s and soffits:

  1. Start by checking that you have a ladder and water-fed poles to safely reach the fascia’s and soffit boards.
  2. Once you are certain that you can progress safely, mix your chosen cleaning fluid in a bucket or place it in the cleaning tank accessory of your pressure washer if you are using one.
  3. Next, either use your pressure washer to spray the areas down, cleaning them as you go or take a sponge and your bucket and gently wipe the area down, removing the dirt as you work.
  4. If you face difficult patches of dirt, mould or mildew, you may need to spend extra time on the area to ensure it is properly cleaned before moving on.
  5. Once you have cleaned the fascia’s and soffits with your detergent, you must repeat the process with clean water to remove any remnants sitting on the boards.
  6. Once cleaned, you can leave the fascia’s and soffits to air dry and enjoy looking at the results!

Dealing with Specific Cleaning Problems

If you find that you have mould or mildew on your facia board and soffits, then you will need to adjust your detergent mix so you can then use to scrub the areas that have mould patches on.

Take your time to do this, as the mould will regrow if you don’t manage to get it all removed the first time around. Remember never to use a dripping sponge or pressure washer to apply bleach, as it can get in your eyes and damage the areas it lands on. Instead, dip a hard brush into the mix a small way before applying, adding more as you work to avoid drips and sprays.

Knowing When to Use Professional Cleaning Services

There is no shame in deciding that facia and soffit cleaning, or a gutter clean is something you want to pass on, and a number of great window cleaning and general maintenance companies can do this for you. In fact, many people choose to pass on the job of cleaning soffits and fascia’s to professionals for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • Lack of time
  • Concerns around safety with ladders
  • Specialist cleaning problems such as mould and mildew
  • Lack of high-pressure equipment for the job
  • Worries about damaging the area
  • Concerns about health risks
  • Preferring to pay someone
  • And many more

If you have decided that you want to use a specialist, it is important to find a reliable and trustworthy professional that can do the job to a high standard. You should ensure they have the right insurance, experience, and qualifications.

Furthermore, getting a few quotes to compare prices and services is a good idea. Once you have chosen the right company, you can rest assured that your fascia’s and soffits will be professionally cleaned, and you can enjoy their improved look. Then take the time to find a company with experience in fascia and soffit cleaning and ask for a quote.

Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have about getting your fascia’s and soffits cleaned, as the best companies will always take time to answer your questions fully. However, you decide to clean your fascia’s and soffits, you can look forward to noticing a real difference in how clean your home exterior will look – arrange your cleaning solution today!

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