How to clean your render

Professionally installed render in Brisbane is sure to last you decades if you do the work to look after it. The secret trick to long-lasting render is attentive aftercare. The dedicated team at Rapid Rendering is always here to help customers maintain a fresh, brand-new look. As a customer who spent money on the investment, you should want to take diligent care of your render to ensure its longevity. Not only is this great for how it looks but also for how long it can last. We’ve put together a render maintenance and aftercare guide for all those looking into choosing a render.

How to maintain your render?

There are a few things you should do after the render installation to make sure it stays in the best shape possible. You can start by regularly checking for cracks as often as you can. Any cracks that are wider than a credit card is an issue that should be investigated. Cracks in your render will typically appear around windows and doors. If you notice anything like this, then you should seek advice from a professional tradesperson or give us a call for further advice.

The next thing you need to do is to keep up with regular cleaning of the render area properly. The maintenance of rendering in Brisbane is relatively easy and often only requires household products. With regular upkeep, the rendered coatings will have a longer and more trouble-free life. We recommend periodic cleaning of the rendered surfaces every 6-12 months. Once you get into the routine of cleaning your rendered wall, you will alleviate the need for harsh and dangerous products to deal with long-term stains on the surface of the render.

Why is it essential to clean your render?                                                       

Render is a design treatment that can instantly transform the look of your structure. It can offer you a modern, clean, and attractive finish in no time and at little cost to you. It will improve the buildings overall look, but it can also offer protection against the effects of weathering and rainwater penetration. Modern rendering techniques have changed. They are now easier to apply and more affordable.  Modern render types can also last you much longer than older versions, thanks to the new options available now.

Render has all these fantastic benefits, but it can still be susceptible to staining. There will be organic growth of elements because of the natural environment. This can include algae and mould, which can rot in general dirt and grime. This is likely to discolour your render or affect the structural strength of your render. Even something as simple as nearby trees can turn a nice render into a green mess because of organic growth.

Moisture can also cause the appearance of black marks on your walls because it tends to gather and drip. All of these things can add to the potential staining elements of your rendered surface and make it lose its original cleanliness and lustre. All you need to do is take a small amount of time to clean your render now and then, and you can have it looking brand new and get rid of any developing issues.

How to clean your rendered walls

1.    Routine hand cleaning

One of the quickest and most effective things you can do when cleaning render is to roll up those sleeves. This doesn’t take much because you just need to dedicate a weekend afternoon towards hand cleaning, scrubbing and hosing it down as you go. Doing this will prevent a film of dry grime and residue from developing, which, once formed, can be more challenging to remove.

2.    Professional pressure cleaning

You may need to employ the services of a professional to use a pressure cleaner to wash your render maybe once or twice a year. It’s best to use a professional because they can pressure clean your rendered walls without lifting the rendered finish.

3.    Mould maintenance

Mould can grow in areas on rendered walls that have elevated levels of humidity. Condensation can develop in spots where water leaks can happen. When mould settles on coated surfaces like render, it can develop into spores that draw nourishment from the coating or the dirt on the surface. Doing regular cleaning is the best way to deal with mould before it reaches this point of development. Regular maintenance of your rendered area will guarantee the longevity of your surface.

How to refresh ageing render?

It’s essential to take good care of your render finish if you want it to last the fullest life possible. We recommend cement, and other render types to give it proper aftercare. Aftercare should involve giving it a gentle wash or hand wash every 6-12 months or even when it’s looking a bit grubby. Doing this twice a year can help prevent situations where you need to use harsh cleaning chemicals further down the line. Difficult cleaning isn’t the best for rendered surfaces because it could break down the render more than you should. The gentle clean is amazingly effective at eliminating the build-up of dirt, and then you’ll enjoy a new sparkling and pleasing finish! Here’s a quick guide to help you:

  1. Hose down your rendered wall to give it a good wash down because it will remove any surface dirt. We suggest you use a fan tip approach for your hose rather than a needlepoint spray because it could cause damage
  2. Use a brush or a soft-bristle broom and apply hot spray water to areas that are affected by dirt

Look out for any signs of mould growth because you will need to call a professional to handle this as soon as possible.

How to choose the best rendering service

The first thing you need to do is call the professionals in. It may be not easy to find the right service provider, so we’ve put together some questions to ask them:

  • Are you licensed?
  • Are you qualified to do a job of this size?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will the job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up with?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

If you are looking for rendering services in Brisbane, give Rapid Rendering a call.