How to Clean Dirty Soffits and Fascias

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Keeping your how pristine clean is no small task. Wether you have a mansion or a two bed terrace it seems that there is always something to clean to keep your home looking spic and span. We don’t want to add to your stress but today we want to talk about the much often forgotten Soffits and Fascias.

What are soffits and fascias? put it well on their website: “When looking at a home or building from the outside, you may have noticed the underside of the roof that hangs over the home or building – this is referred to as soffit. Soffit installation is used for various reasons that stem from aesthetic purposes to protection from debris, pests, and moisture.” There you have it, it’s the plastic bits under the roof a soffits, but don’t forget the plastic bits on the side of the house are fascias. These parts of your premises protect your building from pests, provide ventilation to your loft, and create a finished look. They are not just for looking good.

Our blog today is about cleaning both soffits and fascias as they are often made of the same UPVC material. 

How often do soffits and fascia need to be cleaned?

There is no set rule for how often you should do them. Most people tend to have a yearly clean to make sure they are kept looking great. If you live in an area with a lot of trees or get heavy rain and sow, you might need to do it twice a year. At pristine clean we normally combine our soffit and fascias UPVC cleaning service along with our gutter cleaning.

What show’s that it’s time to clean your fascias, soffits or gutters? Look out for the following:

  • Visible dirt, grime, or cobwebs
  • Stains or discolouration
  • Mould or mildew growth

Cleaning uPVC soffits and fascias

Cleaning uPVC (that is your soffit boards and fascia boards or cladding) the right way can contribute to not only keeping it clean but extending the life of this important part of your property. Here are some commonly asked questions and tips about soffit & Fascia Cleaning.

Can a pressure washer be used?

You know us at pristine clean we LOVE A PRESSURE WASH! But before we set Ibri loose on the fascias with all that pressure and before you hit your fascia boards with high pressured water stop and ask yourself a few questions: Are the boards in good repair? Would High pressure water cause damage? Would this level of water on your premises cause issues with water retention and damp? If you feel none of those are problems then, a pressure washer can make light work of cleaning fascias and soffits, just make sure to keep the pressure nozzle set so as not to blast your home into next week! But don’t worry if you don’t have one — a sponge, garden hose, and a little bit of elbow grease can do the trick too! Using a sponge is also the most effective way to get into all the nooks and crannies, this scrubbing process can help make sure mould is gone for good. As we mentioned in our pressure washing spring clean blog, a pressure washer is a great tool if used well.

How to remove mould?

Oh no!! You’ve got mould! Green slime, pesky moss, mildew or other dirt build up on your fascia boards or up in the soffits is a common problem. To clean off mould Otter Windows recommend the following: ” A large bucket of warm water soapy water (around 10 litres) with 120ml of dish soap or laundry detergent mixed in. You can also buy specialised Outdoor Cleaning Product to help. Add two tablespoons of bleach to kill any mildew. Soak a large sponge in the solution and scrub along the soffit and fascia… Pay particular attention to any detailed or textured areas that trap dirt. Once complete rinse off…”

So remember these important soffit and fascia mould cleaning tips:

  • Use a cleaning solution properly prepare it in a bucket.
  • Wear gloves and eye protection when handling bleach and cleaning chemicals.
  • Use a stiff brush to scrub the mouldy areas.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Allow the area to dry completely to prevent the mould from returning.

How do you keep Mould off clean soffits and fascias?

Make sure you have all the tools you need to hand, a pressure washer with a long enough hose and water plus power access. For stubborn spots prepare your cleaning mixture as mentioned above. You may also need a latter and someone to help foot you to stay safe. Start by clearing anyway and dry debris such as cobwebs, leaves or dirt. Next it’s time to wash the areas, either power up your jet wash and work your way methodically across the fascias, or climb the latter and start scrubbing. Make sure that when you finish you rinse down with clean water. It’s important to let them dry well in the sun or dry yourself to prevent mould or mildew returning.

What though if you don’t have the tools, or perhaps ladders make you go all wobbly inside? Or let’s face it, cleaning soffits and fascias can be a bit of a chore… That’s where Pristine Clean England comes in! We offer reasonably priced professional soffit and fascia cleaning services, along with a whole range of other external cleaning options – from gutter clearing to pressure washing find out more about our UPVC Cleaning Service (another technical name for soffits and fascias) by clicking HERE. We can even combine a UPVC clean with a window clean or gutter clean, we make sure that all your outdoor surfaces from window frames to soffits are clean.

Soffit and Fascia cleaning prices

How much we hear you say? That’s the key question. As every house is completely different when it comes to how much UPVC there is to clean we recommend giving us a call for a no obligation quote! We’re a friendly bunch who take pride in a job well done, so give us a call today for a free quote and let us help you with your soffit cleaning.