Shine Bright: Preparing Your Home’s Exterior For The Holiday Season


The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth, and a flurry of activities inside our homes. While we prepare our interiors for gatherings and celebrations, it’s equally important to ensure that the outside of our homes looks its best.

As the holidays approach, many want to decorate their houses with festive decorations. However, decorating a dirty exterior can detract from the charm of the season. Remember, “tacky” was best left to the movie “A Christmas Story.” Before decking the halls, ensure your home’s exterior is sparkling clean to complement your holiday décor.

To help you prepare your home’s exterior for the holiday season, here are some top tips to clean and prep it.

Pressure Wash Surfaces: Start With A Clean Canvas

First up in preparing your home for the holidays is ensuring that the exterior is clean and free of accumulated dirt and grime. The best way to achieve this is through thorough pressure washing, which can instantly revitalize the appearance of your home.

However, it’s important to note that pressure washing is not a DIY task. Instead, hire professional services like McKown Pressure Washing, which specializes in heated low-pressure washing with biodegradable cleaning agents.

Our knowledgeable team controls the water temperature based on the surface, ensuring the safest and most effective cleaning process for your home’s exterior. Unlike high-pressure methods, McKown’s low-pressure heated washing prevents moisture from seeping behind the exterior “envelope,” safeguarding against potential mold and preserving essential brick facing.

Staying Off Santa’s Naughty List: Checking Gutters And Downs

During the holiday season, keeping your gutters clean is crucial to prevent your home from being on the “naughty list” of potential water damage. Leaves, debris, and blockages can cause clogs and overflow, so cleaning gutters and downspouts should be on your to-do list. This will prevent potential water damage and keep your home looking tidy.

Soffits and gutters, although often overlooked, play an essential role in enhancing your home’s holiday attire. Pressure washing your gutters can quickly restore their charm, making them as inviting as Rudolph’s nose in the night sky.

However, climbing a ladder to clean the inside of your gutters yourself can be unsafe. So, it’s best to trust the experts at McKown Pressure Washing to take care of this holiday chore as well, allowing you to focus on spreading the season’s cheer without risking your safety.


Add Holiday Flourish To Your Outdoor Furniture

Just like Santa’s workshop, your outdoor furniture needs a little magic touch. A thorough cleaning is in order to reveal a festive wonderland seating area. You can also add a touch of holiday cheer by wrapping chairs with blankets that have holiday-themed designs or by adding cushions in cheerful reds and greens. This will create a cozy spot for enjoying hot cocoa under the stars.

Refresh Landscaping For A Touch Of Holiday Magic

Trimming bushes and tidying up your landscaping is like giving your home’s exterior a touch of holiday magic! Clear away dead leaves and overgrown branches to reveal a picturesque scene worthy of a festive greeting card. Add some seasonal sparkle with outdoor ornaments or a jolly snowman to spread holiday cheer.

Cheer Up Your Entryway

The entryway is the focal point of your home’s exterior. Sweep the porch, clean the doormat, and consider adding potted plants or seasonal decorations to create an inviting atmosphere for guests.

Making A List: Inspect For Repairs

Santa’s list isn’t the only one worth checking twice! Take a stroll around your home’s exterior to ensure it’s in top shape. Check for cracks, peeling paint, or damaged siding to maintain your home’s appearance and integrity.


Roof Washing: Santa’s Landing Zone

Last but not least, get your roof ready for Santa! Have you ever noticed those stubborn black streaks on your roof? Over time, it’s not just about appearances—your roof can play host to unwelcome guests like Gloeocapsa magma, lichen, and algae. Not only do these intruders ruin your home’s curb appeal (Santa might pass by if the roof isn’t looking its best!), but they can also cause damage if left unchecked.

Preserving your home’s charm and durability means investing in professional roof cleaning. At McKown Pressure Washing, we specialize in soft washing—a low-pressure, biodegradable cleaning method designed to revive your roof’s appearance and protect its structure.

Our system is expertly crafted to tackle those pesky black stains hiding in tricky spots. Get your roof in top shape for Santa’s visit and ensure your home stands out this holiday season with McKown Pressure Washing!

Let’s Sum It Up…

By following these cleaning and prepping tips, you can ensure that the exterior of your home shines as brightly as the holiday lights inside. A clean and well-maintained exterior sets the stage for a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making your guests feel right at home from the moment they arrive.

It’s important to remember that the beauty of the holiday season extends beyond the indoors, and a well-kept exterior adds to the festive cheer. So, prepare your home to welcome guests with open arms, starting from the outside in.

To learn more about our soft washing service for your siding or washing your roof, please feel free to contact us during our office hours from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, excluding major holidays at (757) 631-2127

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