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Cleaning the Walls – How to Clean Retaining Wall Blocks

Over the last few decades, there have been many changes in housing market. Homes have become more expensive, and the value of landscaping and maintaining both the interior and exterior of the home has added value and prestige to our most valued investments. The design and maintenance of your home’s appearance should not be taken lightly, since curb appeal is paramount in establishing the prestige and re-sale value of your property. Some people just don’t’ understand what ‘a prize’ an retaining wall is on their property. As a substitute of letting this piece of history fall into disorder it should be upheld. An exhaustive cleaning of a retaining wall can bring the wall back to life and once again add beauty to your yard and landscape.

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Retaining walls are often meant to be decorative as well as practical, and when they look good, they can add a significant amount of appeal to your garden or yard. The only problem is that any retaining wall will eventually accumulate dirt, mildew, plant material, and various kinds of gunk that can leave the blocks looking stained and ugly. Luckily, getting the blocks clean again is relatively simple, and with the right tools and some attention to detail, any stained or dirty retaining wall can be returned to its former glory.

Then, these are the basic cleaning options:

* In case, you are cleaning a stone retaining wall, capitalise in some professional-grade degreaser, and put it straight into the reservoir in your garden hose sprayer. Immerse the entire area to be cleaned, and wait 10-15mins for the degreaser to work. After waiting, take a power sprayer, and spray down the wall, working from top to bottom and from one side to the other. Keep it up until the wall stops foaming. Allow it to dry.

* If you are cleaning a retaining wall made of bricks or concrete blocks, begin by using some ordinary dish soap in your garden sprayer. Using a dish soap solution and a toothbrush, judiciously scrub at stained areas. Spray off the soap with a power sprayer, and let the wall dry.

* If you are cleaning concrete blocks and soap does not remove the stains or dirt, fill your garden sprayer attachment with bleach. Spray down the wall with bleach, as above. Then allow to dry.

* If none of these options work, there is hydrochloric acid. It can be effective in removing stains on some kinds of blocks, but it is too harsh for use on all materials.

Top Mark specializes in exterior staging & planning as well as decorative natural stone, retaining walls, wooden fences, basement renovations, landscape planning, and concrete repairs in Toronto Over the last few decades, there have been many changes in housing market. Homes have become more expensive, and the value of landscaping and maintaining both the interior and exterior of the home has added value and prestige to our most valued investments. The design and maintenance of your home’s appearance should not be taken lightly, since curb appeal is paramount in establishing the prestige and re-sale value of your property. Our team of professionals can help you design and implement a plan to upgrade your home’s appearance at a pace and budget that is comfortable to you. They value our relationship with our clients, and strive to provide the best service possible. Our goal is to continue to serve you and your neighbours – to provide quality workmanship at fair prices. Over the years have built up a valuable network of related trades, and we can usually recommend someone to provide a service, even if we are unable to fulfil the task. Please feel free to contact us – whatever the job. If we can’t do the job, perhaps we can refer you to someone who can. For more information, refer to their website- http://topmarkpropertyimprovements.com/