How We Clean Roofs, Cedar, Decks and Homes Safely & Effectively. Learn About Our Preferred Products.
At Street Appeal Pros, not only are we a team of professional contractors— we are inventors and makers of Eco-Safe Exterior Cleaning Solutions too. At our organization, everything happens under one roof. In your search to find a nearby contractor for cleaning your roof, cedar home and decking on Cape Cod, you’ll likely learn about our founder, John Redihan. John has been professionally cleaning homes for over 11 years on Cape Cod. There is no project too moldy, too dirty or too-covered-in green for him and that’s because he and his crews are going out to job sites armed with the chemical coatings he manufactures at his cleaning product company, Wash Safe. You can learn more about those products here also.
Every job through Street Appeal Pros uses Wash Safe cleaning solutions so our environmental impact is a positive one and our customers love us too. What makes Wash Safe products unique and unlike conventional power washing chemicals in the marketplace is they are not formulated with bleach. You can read more about our feelings on bleach here, in a blog that explains the top 5 reasons why you should never wash your home with bleach. In summary, corrosive bleach is not only bad for the organic materials your home is made with (like wood) but spill-off from it is harmful to the entire ecosystem around your house and beloved pets.
The Wash Safe products our crews use are more expensive and take more time, which is one of the reasons we don’t position ourselves as the cheapest service in the biz but we do pride ourselves on delivering the best quality and long-term results for your largest investment.
If you are afraid of a pressure washing contractor spraying a chemical up on your roof, you should be. Toxic chemicals can alter the color of your roof and stain any other surface it may contact on the way off the roof plus . The roof cleaner we use is made from earth-friendly hydrogen peroxide and it will not harm your home as well as people, pets or property.
As an oxygen based cleaner, the product only has an active life of 4-6 short hours before this product biodegrades, making it by far the safest product in the roof cleaning industry. We use it on every job to remove stains caused by moss, black algae, mold, lichen or any fungus that may grow on roofs. It's highly effective on all types of roofing material: asphalt, metal, tile, wood shake, rubber and new composite materials.
The hydrogen peroxide based formulation we use receives compliment after compliment for its wood brightening properties. The alternative has always been chlorine bleach or TSP but the problem with those cleaners is they leave the wood surface with a very unnatural bleached look, as you can see in the images below. Rarely, if ever, does a bleach job come out uniformly clean. More often than not, a homeowner is left with a "blotchy" look that looks as if a bucket of bleach was thrown on the house. This can be devastating to the appearance of a home and the homeowner as well. Once those products soak into the cedar and the sun beats down the almost "bake" in the sun, it causes extreme drying, making the shingles or shakes dry, thin and brittle.
Our Cedar Wash and cedar cleaning method makes shingles come out uniformly clean. Our cleaning product does not contain bleach nor does it require bleach to be added. If your cedar has old stains or sealer, our wash will penetrate it, dissolving the old stain enough to be washed off and save cedar shakes or shingles from rotting away. As you can see in the image below, this home was completely overrun with black mold stains to create a dramatic difference and a healthier home to inhabit.
The Wash Safe Deck Wash not only cleans the wood decking but restores the wood to a like new color tone, removing the gray weathered wood fibers. Deck Wash has no chemical odors, is not harmful to plants or grass, and won't harm your pets or children. Deck Wash will remove surface stains caused by mold and mildew. In 2008 Deck Wash was written up in the NY Times by writer Jay Ramano and it’s what we use every time we clean a deck or prepare it for staining or water sealing.