🌷Eco-Friendly with Sherwin-Williams🌴

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to talk a little about Sherwin-Williams Eco-Friendly line.

Sherwin-Williams has a new line of non-toxic,  earth-friendly products.

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These new paints allow us to take green living to a whole new level! ⛰🍀

One of the main things we will be discussing today is VOC levels -(Volatile organic compounds) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects

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We use harmony on most of our interior projects!! It has ZERO VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)  AND includes and antimicrobial agents that resist the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film and inhibit the growth of bacterial odors.

 

  • ENERGY STAR ® a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies energy-efficient products and practices. In 2007, Americans using ENERGY STAR-certified products avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 27 million cars – while saving $16 billion in utility bills. Learn more about ENERGY STAR.

 

  • Forest Stewardship Council a nonprofit organization that sets high standards for the environmental, social and economic management of forests. FSC-certified products must meet or exceed these standards.

 

  • Green Label: the Carpet and Rug Institute gives this designation to low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) carpet, cushions and adhesives. The very lowest-VOC products are labeled Green Label Plus.

 

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System : a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Learn what the U.S. Green Building Council has in store for LEED in 2009.

 

  • SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): a measure of efficiency for air conditioners or heat pumps. The SEER rating is the British thermal unit of cooling output during a typical cooling-season divided by the total electric energy input in watt-hours during the same period. Current federal law mandates that every central split cooling system manufactured or sold in the United States today have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio of at least 13.

 

To make sure all of your products are green: look for these labels!

  • Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL): an energy-saving light bulb rapidly replacing traditional incandescent bulbs.

 

  • Low- or zero-VOC paint: water-based latex paints that emit fewer harmful VOCs than regular latex paint. To be considered low-VOC, flat paint levels can’t exceed 100 grams of VOCs per liter and non-flat paint (semi-gloss, gloss, eggshell or satin) can’t exceed 150 grams of VOC per liter. Low- or no-VOC paint may also contain antimicrobial properties which resist mildew, bacteria and other microbes while maintaining durability and a fresh appearance longer.

  • Organic cotton and wool: eco-friendly bedding choices for sheets and mattresses. Be careful, though; cotton can be treated with toxic dyes and synthetic chemicals in the finishing process and still be labeled “organic.”

 

  • Natural latex: a type of mold- and mildew-resistant latex used in mattresses that contains no toxic substances and emits neither fumes nor ozone-depleting gases. Its hypoallergenic qualities make it a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Jason, Sherwin-Williams representative met with Darrin, one of the owners of the company to discuss most of the products we use on an interior project.

 

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Stop in at your local Sherwin-Williams and GO GREEN with these new earthborn products!

🤔How I SAVED 12k on my kitchen🤔

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog!

Today we are going to help you save thousands on a brand new kitchen!!!

Are you tired of walking into the same 50’s kitchen every day? Are you embarrassed to invite friends over for dinner?? Are you ready to not spend an arm and a leg on a kitchen you AREN’T ashamed of!?

Then KEEP READING

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By the time we are done in your home, you will only be seeing this in your nightmares!

“Last year the national average cost for a minor, midrange remodel of the heart of the home was $21,198 The report goes on to add that a more major, midrange renovation averaged $63,829, and an upscale kitchen renovation’s average cost came in at $125,721.”

“The typical house has at least 30 linear feet of cabinetry using same design / size with medium-grade oak cabinets – Average of $117 to $140 per linear foot for a total of $4200. This does not take into consideration the removal of old cabinetry and the potential for reinforcement of walls and floors. Such costs would be based on the average carpentry rate of $70 per hour.”

The two above statistics are the sad truth we are living today!

Worry NO MORE! We have secret money saving tips you will all LOVE!

What if we told you you could completely transform your kitchen for less than HALF of that amount!!!?

To completely re-do this kitchen, it WOULD HAVE cost over $20,000.00… but because of our money saving tips, they only spent $2,730.00 and it looks like a whole new house!!!

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There are many different ways to change up the look of your kitchen without replacing everything.

Besides just changing the color of your cabinets you can do other things in your kitchen to give it its own look.

Try giving the island its own accent color

 

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If you don’t have an island in your home, try giving the two levels their own colors. These small but subtle changes give your kitchen a personality of its own!

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Don’t like the grain marks on your cabinets? — Don’t worry, we can take that away as well!!

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Even if you do not like the grainy look your cabinets have you DO NOT have to replace them!

Do you want the new kitchen look without the new kitchen price?

Give us a call for a free estimate and a FIVE YEAR GUARANTEE

 

For FREE quote fill in form below or call Skylar: 309-349-7021

 

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😍How to Paint Cabinets😍

Hi everyone! Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!

Today is a special blog, kind of a “How To” if you’re up for it! However, if you’re like most people and DO NOT want to take on this challenge yourself, this is just a fun article to read explaining the future “facelift” your kitchen will get! 😜

If you are tired of looking at the same warn down kitchen like 50 years ago, give us a call!

Check out our other blog here, on how to save over 12 THOUSAND dollars refinishing your cabinets!

When prepping a new work site we work in an assembly line process… this keeps a structured process guaranteed to move quickly. Everyone learns a skill and gets good at it!

  1. The first thing we do when we enter a new home is lay cloth down to protect the floor from any paint, dirty or potential danger.

2. We then start laying plastic over all the appliances, we tape the windows with plastic, and take off all the faceplates as well.

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3. Now someone begins to make a spray booth in a spare room or garage to spray the door and drawer fronts. Having an onsite spray booth keeps everything on the property it belongs too and reduces any risk of damage or possible misplacement.

4. While the spray booth is being built we use sanding blocks to scrub all the areas that will be painted. We do this to ensure it will have a nice smooth coverage with little to no flaws showing.

While someone is sanding another person is following behind and cleaning the whole surface area with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) – a strong chemical that breaks down grease and grime build up.

5. When they are done scrubbing and cleaning they go back and number the doors and drawers so we know where they all go back. This is also a good opportunity to change out any hardware (Handles and hinges) if you wish to.

6. Next, we go back with more tape and plastic to close off the insides of the cabinet box. Covering them with plastic allows us to keep the cabinets full without ruining anything inside while spray painting. The only cabinets you do not do this on are the ones with glass fronts. The glass front cabinets are sprayed inside since they are always visible.

Place a piece of blue tape sticky side facing you into the cabinet. The reason for leaving a lip of the sticky side is to go back and lay plastic over… the tape grabs the plastic leaving a nice tight close with no chance of overspray or leaking.

7. Finally, we set up all our air filters and begin to paint!

8. We always do two coats on all of our projects. Two coats ensures there is a nice even coverage all through-out.

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😏How to Choose Colors😏😏

Hi Everyone! Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists!! Today we are going to talk about how to pick out the perfect new color for your kitchen cabinets, the Exterior of your home or the Interior. Here in our company, we use all Sherwin-Williams products so this blog will be featuring Sherwin-Williams!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

16 HELPFUL TIPS 

 

1) Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space

Look around the room you are painting- if there are any large patterns, colorful rugs or large pieces of art; choose the color that stands out the most that you like.
For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.

2) Decorate From Dark to Light, Vertically

Use darker colors for the floor, medium colors for the walls and light for the ceiling.

3) Start With the Formal Areas of the House

Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entryway.
Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme.
For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

4) Use the Color Wheel

In general, analogous color schemes — colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

5) Use Your Clothes

Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and they look good in. Similarly, you should dress your rooms in colors that flatter you. If denim is your go-to, consider a navy sofa or if you look (and feel!) perkiest in bright yellows, try mixing in a few citrusy accents with pillows or accessories.

6) Back to Black

For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue.

7) Go With Grays

Put today’s trendiest neutral, gray, to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear either warm or cool and pair beautifully with both pastels or kicky colors like hot pink, Kelly green or citrusy shades.

8) Use the Rule of 60-30-10

“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories)

9) Make Small Spaces Pop

If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.

10) Contrast Warm and Cool

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating.

11) Rock a Monochromatic Look

Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue.

12) Follow the Rule of Three

Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space.

13) I want an elegant look:

Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer simply white or beige. You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors such as almond walls with red toned browns on the trim. You can also add splashes of color throughout the room with a color throw, pillow or vase carefully placed to offset the subtle neutral tones in the room.

14)  I want a vibrant look:

If you want a room with pizzazz, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades such as oranges and gold, reds and dark purples. You can complement these colors by selecting a two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel such as purple. You can also select black and red for a real stand out contrast and look that is reminiscent of an Oriental look. Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.
You can lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls. By the same token, you can expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls. Don’t be afraid to add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle look. One way to go if you are afraid of too much color in your ceiling is to paint the ceiling, door trim and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory. This will add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout your room.

 

16) Consider these ideas to transform your home:

For a smooth transition between spaces, try choosing a color for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades away, lighter or darker, using tones from the same color chip.

 

 

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

We used  HGTV   as a source
We used DIY as a source
We used Sherwin-Williams Official Site as a source

😮How we go Green-LOW VOC😮😮

Hi everyone and thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!

As part of our “New Chapter” here with our company, we are GOING GREEN! As always we use Sherwin-Williams products so on our blog today that is who we will be talking about! Almost all of our products have little to no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in them!

When people hear us talking about VOC the most common subject to come up is the smell; while yes- paint with no VOC does not have an odor, that is not the only risk!

Health effects may include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • a headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Steps to Reduce Exposure

  • Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs.
  • Meet or exceed any label precautions.
  • Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials within the school.
  • Formaldehyde, one of the best known VOCs, is one of the few indoor air pollutants that can be readily measured.
    • Identify, and if possible, remove the source.
    • If not possible to remove, reduce exposure by using a sealant on all exposed surfaces of paneling and other furnishings.
  • Use integrated pest management techniques to reduce the need for pesticides.
  • Use household products according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products.
  • Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never mix household care products unless directed on the label.

Links to Sherwin-Williams low VOC program-

Thank you again for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog and STAY TUNED!!! We will add more information weekly to keep you and your family safe when it comes to remodeling!!!!

All information was found on the official Sherwin-Williams Website and the official EPA website 

 

🎨How TO Choose your Finish🖌

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog!

Imagine this: your spouse finally gives in after months of convincing him to let you repaint the kitchen’s ugly yellow walls with all the grease and grime, smugged hand prints from the kids through the years.. You’re so excited, you can already see the gorgeous, smooth, smudge free baby blue  walls with the perfect snowbound trim. All the people you can  now invite over for dinner, you can finally host the big family dinner, all your dreams are finally coming true! You call us, we set up dates, it’s almost go time, you can almost smell the fresh paint, but wait- what’s your finish? Wait, WHAT IS A FINISH?

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Today we are going to break down all the different types of finishes and where they are best used.

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TIPS

  • The higher the sheen the easier to clean
  • The higher the sheen the more wall imperfections show
  • The higher the sheen the more expensive

                                FLAT = NO SHINE                                 GLOSS =  MORE SHINE

High Gloss

  • Most Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Ultra Shiny – reflects lights well
    • Good for busy areas (Kitchen, door, trim, cabinets etc. )
    • Shows most imperfections in the wall (Depends on coat thickness)

Semi-Gloss

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Reflects light
    • Good for wet rooms (Bathroom, kitchen etc. )
    • Shows imperfections in walls (Depends on coat thickness)

Satin

  • Soft, velvety look
  • Easy to clean
  • Can show strokes of brush (Depends on coat thickness)
    • Ideal for foyers, halls, kids rooms

EggShell

  • Soft, velvety look
  • No shine
  • Resists stains
  • Can wipe with a wet rag but cannot be scrubbed
    • Ideal for dining rooms, living rooms etc.

Flat/Matte

  • No shine – soaks up light
  • Hides imperfections in walls well
  • Hard to clean
    • Ideal for rooms kids do not play in

 

🏠Exterior Prepping🏡

👋Hi everyone!! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Today we are going to go over the steps of prepping your home to paint it! 

1⃣ The first step is going out to the home a week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. 

**Make sure to take extra care around all doors and windows** 

2⃣ Next we protect everything around the house. First lay drop clothes along where you will be painting, also over any plants in case of over spray. We tape plastic over all the windows and lights. Finally take off all the shutters and set them to the side- they are painted separately. 

3⃣ Now we begin the first coat. We use an airless sprayer. It goes up to 3,000 psi, always keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over over spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out.

4⃣ After painting the first coat go back with a brush and cut in on all the corners, trim and around windows and doors. 

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5⃣ Next paint the second coat after allowing at least 5 hours to dry.

6⃣ Finally carefully remove the tape and plastic, reattach the shutters and gather all over utensils and equipment.

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SQUEAKY CLEAN

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!! Today we are going to continue our spring cleaning theme! We are going to talk about how to clean your windows like a pro this spring!

**ALWAYS USE CAUTION IF/WHEN USING A LADDER**

You will need:

  • A bucket big enough to fit a squeegee in
  • Squeegee
  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Clean towel

TIPS

  • Clean when no direct sunlight – This will help avoid streaks
  • Rinse and dry the windows immediately – This will also help with streaks
  • Wipe the squeegee in between each line – This will help clean the window faster
  • Wipe off remanding soap with a lint free towel- This will make sure there is no soap bubble residue

HOW TO CLEAN WINDOWS

  • First mix 1 part warm water to one part distilled vinegar in the bucket.

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  • Next dampen the squeegee by dipping it into the bucket with the solution.

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  • Get the whole window wet with the spongy side of the squeegee.

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  • After getting the whole window wet, use the rubber side of the squeegee, start from the top and work your way down. After each stroke wipe the squeegee off with a clean towel.

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  • After completing all steps, go back with a towel and carefully get the access solution off of the window

VIDEO GUIDANCE 

 

 

 

 

links-

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-clean-windows-pro

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/how-to-clean-windows-like-a-pro

https://www.familyhandyman.com/windows/how-to-wash-windows/view-all/

KEEP YOUR GUT SLIM THIS YEAR

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog! Today we are going to break down how to keep your gutters clean and leak free!

**WARNING- Always use caution when cleaning your gutters, they are sharp. Follow all safety procedures**

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YOU NEED 

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • rubber gloves
  • ladder horns
  • ladder
  • small scoop
  • hose
  • tarp
  1. First attach ladder horns to ladder- this will protect your gutter from any damage and help secure you.
  2. Lay out tarp underneath the gutters
  3. Next toss leaves on tarp, use scoop to get extra goop
  4. Continue through all gutters
  5. After cleaning up tarp and use hose to run water through the gutters. This will help check for any leaks. – check all around the house, if there is water on the house/ground see HOW TO FIX A LEAK IN GUTTERS

HOW TO FIX A LEAK IN GUTTERS

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YOU NEED

  • Ladder
  • Screw driver
  • silicone caulk
  • caulking gun
  • If there is any rust present on the gutters you also need-
  • Medium grit sand paper
  • utility knife
  • wire brush
  • spray paint
  1. After running water through the gutters and checking for water, locate the leak.
  2. Disconnect the seams
  3. Use utility knife to scrape off old caulk
  4. Use caulking gun and caulk and apply to inner lip
  5. Screw in screws

IF THERE IS RUST

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  1.  Follow same steps 1-3
  2. Use wire brush on rust, then sand paper
  3. Use rust-resistant outdoor spray paint
  4. give time to dry before continue the above steps 4 & 5.

6 SIGNS YOU NEED NEW GUTTERS

**Neglected Gutter damage will cause further damage to soffit and fascia**

1. Any cracks

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2. Gutters sagging or pulling away

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3. Pools of water or signs of mildew around the foundation

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4. Water damage or marks underneath the gutter

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5. Paint peeling on gutters

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6. Flecks of orange (rust) is in the water

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Spring into a New Look

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Hello Everyone!!

Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog! It’s that time of year again, when everyone EXCEPT mother nature knows its—spring cleaning! We all know through the wear and tare of the year it can take a toll on the house; that’s why we’re here with a quick 1, 2, 3 good as new home remedy. Today we are going to go over the does and don’ts of pressure washing your house.
WARNINGS

  • don’t mix bleach and ammonia
  • use caution with ladder
  • always wear protective eye gear
  • **ALWAYS USE CAUTION when using a pressure washer. Be sure to check the area for any possible hazards. Make sure everyone on the property also knows to stay away, they can cause extreme harm. Inspect the machine to ensure it is in the proper condition. See the owner’s manual for any questions**

HELPFUL TIPS

  • cover all plants
  • repair all damages
  • apply bleach with brush
  • let detergent sit 5-10 min. before use
  • use an extender to avoid pressure washing on a ladder
  • detergent depends on siding texture
  • be aware of powerlines
  • turn off all exterior power
  • avoid full pressure on masonry or vinyl

THINGS YOU NEED:

  • Trisodium phosphate ( 1/3 to 2/3 cups at your local store)
  • 1 gallon of water – mix with trisodium phosphate until dissolved
  • large bucket
  • laundry detergent
  • long handle brush
  • ladder
  • garden hose
  • bleach
  • plastic wrap/tarp
  • white vinegar
  • protective eyewear
  1. Check all of the siding and gutters make sure to repair all damages before pressure washing. Use tarp and tape to cover all plants and lights to ensure no damagte is done to them. Use a brush and scrub off all visible mildew.
  2. Mix the trisodium phosphate and water… for every 1 gallon of water mix 1/3 cups of trisodium phosphate (this may change depending on your type of pressure washer/siding.)
  3. Connect the hose to the pressure washer, make sure it is completely attached before turning the water on. Stand at least three feet from the house and test the pressure.

After completing those 3 easy steps you are now ready to transform your beautiful home again.
Tips for different Types of Siding
Vinyl- avoid door/window frames
Aluminum- avoid panel overlap
Wood- wet before applying detergent
Stucco- 2 ft from surface

Important Sites:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-own-exterior-house-cleaning-solution-28248.html https://pressurewashr.com/how-to-pressure-wash-a-house-to-clean-siding/

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/491-going-green-and-keeping-clean-outdoor-edition/