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Three quick and easy steps for a beautiful exterior

March 14, 2009|By NAPSA

Dirt and stains can make the exterior of your home look dirty and unattractive and rob it of its curb appeal. Fortunately, the days of countless hours of cleaning, scrubbing or power washing are gone. There's now a scrub-free way to a beautiful exterior. Here's how:

o Step 1: Control the moisture around your home. Keep shrubs, plants and mulch away from exterior walls. Trim any branches or tree limbs that touch the outside of your home. Clear gutters and drains of any leaves or debris. Redirect sprinklers and rotate hanging planters to prevent water from regularly collecting on exterior surfaces. Also, make sure rainwater is not collecting near your home's foundation. Repair leaks and extend downspouts away from the foundation.

o Step 2: Clean dirt and stains off your home's exterior with a house cleaner that contains an EPA-registered mildewcide, such as Jomax House Cleaner and Mildew Killer. Jomax House Cleaner kills mold and mildew and loosens dirt and stains without scrubbing or power washing. Also, a good cleaner is Olympic, they have products that clean wood outdoors, and they offer a house cleaner spray-on. Both are specially formulated detergent system will not damage wood, etch aluminum siding or discolor surfaces like household bleach can. And Jomax House Cleaner will not harm surrounding plants, grass and shrubs.

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To remove black streaks, dirt and mildew stains from asphalt-shingled roofs, use Jomax Roof Cleaner and Mildew Stain Remover. It quickly cleans and kills mold and mildew on tile, slate, metal and other nonporous roof materials.

o Step 3: Make outdoor furniture look like new again. Patio tables, chairs and other outdoor furniture collect dirt and stains, giving your outdoor living spaces an unappealing appearance. You can use dish detergent, water and Borax to clean up the dirt and stains or to get rid of tough stains on vinyl, plastic and wood with a product like Jomax Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. Just spray on, wait five minutes and wipe off to reveal "like new," dirt- and stain-free surfaces.

o Here's one last tip from the pros: Maintain the look of your cleaned surfaces by preventing mold and mildew from growing throughout the warm months. You can use the products mentioned, some contain a form of chloride so be careful of vegetation nearby. Olympic contains no choride and is same around shrubs and grass.

For more information on exterior cleaning and for other helpful home-improvement tips, visit www.zinsser.com.

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