Your home is your castle, and you want it to look its best so you can enjoy it comfortably. This is especially true of outdoor spaces, which can go from serene and inviting to unkempt and off-putting very quickly without exterior maintenance, such as rust removal. Because your home is also likely to be one of the largest investments you’ll ever make, you want to be sure you’re protecting that investment by keeping curb appeal and property value as high as possible.
If you’re giving your home’s exterior a good once over just in time for spring and rust has you seeing red everywhere you look, don’t despair. There is a solution, and it can be as easy as picking up the phone to make a single call.
What Causes Rust? Removal and Prevention Tips
The proverbial “they” say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is almost always true when it comes to exterior maintenance. Of course, it’s far easier to tackle small issues when they first begin to rear their ugly heads, but Carolina weather can make finding your window of opportunity a challenge of its own. The better you’re able to prevent problems from appearing or worsening over winter, the easier it will be to restore your property to like-new glory when the weather breaks.
If you assume rust only appears when ferrous metal is subjected to unchecked moisture, you may be surprised to see those telltale red streaks far from any source of metal. The truth is, everything from plant food and fertilizer to pest and weed killer has the potential to create unsightly rust stains.
Rust occurs when iron and steel are corroded over time by the oxygen in air and water. This trouble increases if you live in an area with hard water and run sprinkler systems or use landscaping products high in iron and other minerals. When copper oxidizes to a greenish color, that patina actually protects the copper underneath. However, when iron and steel oxidize, the end result is an orange-red, highly corrosive, and unpleasant-smelling stain.
There are a lot of items on your homeowners’ to-do list, and rust removal can sometimes seem like a low-priority task. The truth is that unchecked rust will spread and can potentially damage other surfaces along the way.
The best and most effective way to prevent rust is to ban all corrosive metals and their byproducts from your property, though it’s far from an efficient choice. Since stripping the iron and steel from your property isn’t exactly feasible, more practical prevention is key. Consider coating corrosive metals in cold galvanizing compounds to stave off rust development and regularly clean metal patio furniture. Not only can the furniture itself rust, but there is also the potential for deep staining on concrete patios and paths underneath the items.
Rust Removal: When Prevention Isn't Enough
Despite your best and most gallant efforts, rust stains can still happen. When they do, the last thing you want is to whip out the pressure washer for a bit of DIY rust removal. Even in expert hands, these machines can do profound damage to almost anything they touch. Yes, a pressure washer will help with rust removal, but it will do so by blasting off the top layer of the surface in question. This can lead to pitting and scoring of concrete surfaces, permanent damage to vinyl siding, and the destruction of brickwork paths.
Rust is a chemical reaction, which means a specially selected chemical is the best, safest, and most effective way to remove it. Rather than brute force, soft washing for rust removal leaves your surfaces truly clean and rust-free, all without the risk of damage to your property or person.
Ready to take your outdoor living spaces back and kick rust stains to the curb? Carolina Power Washing can help.