Anyone who owns and/or lives in a house in a humid climate will understand what I mean by housecleaning--the outside of the house that is. The northern side of your home will almost always be prone to growing mildew and mold in Tennessee. Throw in the fact that perhaps your heat pump is also located on the northern side (a good thing since the unit is not in direct sun) and you might as well get out the scrub brush and bleach every few years and get to work. I've lived in my home more than eleven years now and this is the third time we have washed the house. But this was the best time because I hired my son to do it for me!
A lot of people use a pressure washer to wash their homes. My neighbors sometimes do this and the first time I washed my house I actually hired someone to do it and he used a pressure washer. I don't like using a pressure washer on my house though and I'll tell you why. The first time I had the house washed (2003) I hired a man who used very caustic chemicals and a pressure washer to rinse it all off. After he left the house looked good. It really did. But within the year the mold and mildew was back and I was not impressed. I felt like the mold was not completely cleaned off just by the chemicals and pressure washer.
The next time I found the time to clean the house was in May 2007. I distinctly remember it because my son, his wife at the time, and their newborn baby had come for a visit. This time I personally washed the house using three simple things; water, bleach, and a soft brush. The house looked great and actually seemed to stay looking clean for a lot longer (about three years) than it did when the professionals came and washed the house in 2003.
The weather has been great and the Jimster needed to earn some money so I hired him to wash the house. He did it the same way I did in 2007 (I told him to). And I just cannot believe what a difference a little bit of elbow grease and bleach makes on a house. It looks like a new house! I hope the job lasts a good several years. Isn't Jimmy cute? I'll tell you all a secret--it's only secret from teenagers--if you put teens to work or make them go do physical activity their whole attitude and demeanor changes and they get happy. When teens are happy parents are usually happy too. Jimmy took a great deal of pride in cleaning the house. Of course the $100 I paid him probably helped a bit too.
While cleaning the house I couldn't help but notice the beautiful fall skies and wonderful views of the moon we have had here in Tennessee....
in the garden....
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