It is amazing how much dirt, grime and algae can build up on walls and other exterior surfaces without us noticing. What is more amazing is the difference a single clean can make!

Pressure washing is a fantastic method of removing obvious marks such as graffiti and chewing gum but it is also brilliant at cleansing away all manner of dirt and growth. It is likely that your property is suitable for pressure washing, but there are important things to know first.

What is pressure washing?

Pressure washing is a quick and effective method of exterior cleaning. It is simply water under very high pressure sprayed at a surface to remove:

  • Dirt
  • Grime
  • Mould
  • Algae
  • Moss
  • Loose paint
  • Graffiti
  • Chewing gum

There is no need to use chemicals or anything other than the water itself, which makes pressure washing a good choice for the environmentally conscious.

Pressure washing walls

It can be surprising how grimy walls become without you noticing. Weather, smoke, pollution and algae can all leave their marks and the grime builds up slowly.

Pressure washing walls is a fantastic way of quickly and effectively cleansing exterior walls. Customers are often amazed by the transformation.

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The benefits of pressure washing walls

Much like when you clean your car, there are many benefits to cleaning exterior walls. Not only do you boost kerb appeal and potentially increase your property’s value, you also avoid the long term damage dirt, grime and algae can cause.

Pressure washing walls can also stave off expensive repainting and even prolong the life of the walls themselves. 

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Exterior cleaning 

Aside from tackling walls, there are plenty of exterior cleaning tasks for which pressure washing is perfect.

Pressure washing driveways, patios and decking is usually a great way to make an arduous task much easier. This cleaning method not only makes your exterior surfaces look neater but actually improves safety.

As mould and algae build up, driveways, patios and especially decking can become extremely slippery. It can get to the point where you avoid treading on these surfaces because they are so dangerous. One option is to treat these surfaces with harsh chemicals but pressure washing simply uses water to achieve the same, if not better results.

Much like pressure washing walls, exterior cleaning helps boost kerb appeal and has a positive impact on house value. The real plus point however, is that you improve safety and can avoid nasty accidents on your property.

Commercial pressure washing in Southampton

Pressure washing is a fantastic way to take care of exterior cleaning at commercial properties. It is a quick process which offers great results and doesn’t use any of the nasty chemicals of other cleaning methods.

It is vitally important that your commercial premises makes a good impression. Not only is it important that visitors, customers or clients are met with a clean and attractive building, it is good for those that work there, too. Staff are more likely to feel positive and productive approaching a freshly cleaned building than one which has been left to become grimy.

To anyone who sees your property, presenting it as clean and well-kept shows you value your business.    

Whether you want to tackle specific problems such as graffiti and chewing gum, or simply need to give your property good clean to remove built-up grime, pressure washing is likely to be a good solution.

Residential pressure washing in Southampton

There are many benefits to pressure washing your house and outside surfaces. As mentioned, this quick and effective cleaning method not only improves the appearance of external walls, driveways, patios and decking, but can improve safety, too.

Pressure washing is a really cost effective way of boosting kerb appeal and adding value to your home. This is not only fantastic news if you are thinking of selling, but a great way of giving your property a spring clean to enjoy yourself.   

The benefits of pressure washing

If you are thinking of carrying out any external cleaning, pressure washing has many benefits:

  • It is quick

The nature of pressure washing means that you get great results fast. There is no need to wait around for products to work.

  • It is effective

This cleaning method can be used on many surfaces and you will immediately see a huge difference. Often, you will remove grime you didn’t even realise had built up, giving fantastic results.

  • It is environmentally friendly

Pressure washing harnesses the power of water alone. Under very high pressure, the water blasts away dirt, grime, mould, algae, moss, loose paint, graffiti and chewing gum. There is no need for harsh chemicals making this an environmentally sound cleaning method.

  • It is cost effective

This relatively inexpensive cleaning option can add real value to your property while also boosting kerb appeal. 

  • It can prolong the life of your property

Some building materials such as brick may deteriorate over time if left uncleaned. Regular pressure washing can also extend the time between repainting walls. 

The potential dangers of pressure washing

Although an effective cleaning method, pressure washing is not without hazards. The water is under extremely high pressure and can cause injury if directed at people or animals. Similarly, people who are unfamiliar with the equipment may sustain an injury if it is not used properly.

Pressure washing can also damage certain surfaces if they are unsuitable for this kind of cleaning.  

Professional pressure washing services in Southampton

If you think your commercial or residential property could benefit from pressure washing, the best option is to hire a professional. They will know whether particular surfaces are suitable for this method of cleaning and be able to advise you on the results you could expect.

At Coastline, our team are properly trained and have years of experience in exactly this service. We are tidy, respectful and friendly, with a great work ethic.

If you are interested in exterior cleaning services, get in touch to find out more. We will be happy to answer your questions or arrange a no obligation quote.  

 

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We all tend to hunker down a little over winter while the elements wreak havoc outside. Unfortunately, our buildings can’t do the same and the season can really take its toll. Your property may emerge from winter needing a host of maintenance and cleaning work to get it ready for the year ahead.

Snow, ice and a yo-yo between freezing and milder temperatures can cause serious structural problems. Then of course there’s the build-up of general dirt, grime and debris that is so much worse during the colder months.

As we approach spring, it’s the perfect time to think about giving your commercial property a thorough once over. Check it for damage, make any repairs and give the whole place a good spring clean. It’s important to keep your building in good condition not only to prolong its life and avoid costlier work down the line, but also to maintain a functioning, attractive workplace for employees and visitors alike.

We’ve put together a guide to help you prioritise jobs at this crucial time in the maintenance calendar. With this checklist complete, you’ll be able to start really looking forward to the warmer months and the brighter year ahead. 

Things to check

  • Check for damage from freezing

This could be cracks in walls; cracked and/or lifted paving; guttering damaged or pulling away; roof tiles lifted, cracked or missing; or any other manner of new cracks throughout the property. It’s a really good idea to have a thorough check for this kind of damage as it can lead to water entering and causing untold damage now or in the future.

  • Check for leaks

Very much linked to checking for damage from freezing is checking for any actual leaks. Have a look for damp patches on walls, evidence of leaking water pipes as well as leaky guttering as you walk around the property, inside and out.

  • Inspect the roof

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Unless you are a trained professional, it’s not advisable that you actually go up to the roof itself. However, you can often have a look for missing tiles etc. from the ground and check from the inside for serious damage.

  • Look for dirt

As you walk around the building keep a lookout for any places that could do with a really good clean. It’s worth noting any slippery paving and particularly grimy walls ready to plan your cleaning schedule.

  • Test the thermostat, electrical wires and connectors

Inside, it’s likely that your thermostat will have been adjusted numerous times over the winter, probably by more than one person. It’s worth checking to make sure it’s still working correctly and set properly.

  • Check air conditioning/heating

Air ducts, condensation pans and drains can become blocked, clogged and damaged in the cold weather. Look for any tell-tale signs that things aren’t working as they should.

External maintenance

Once you have had a good look around and noted any particular places that need attention, it’s time to get to work. Take care of any repair work then tackle the ‘spring clean’.

Pressure washing walls is a great place to start as it immediately freshens up the building. Customers are often amazed at the transformation pressure washing can have: sometimes removing years of built-up grime.

Pressure washing is also often perfect for cleaning paths, patios and driveways. Over winter, these surfaces can become dangerously slippery. This kind of cleaning removes dirt, mould and algae, making your commercial property safer and much more welcoming.

While you think about cleaning your walls, it’s worth remembering that cleaning certain building materials such as brick can significantly prolong their life. It is worth investing in comparatively inexpensive regular cleaning to get the most from your building and pressure washing is usually a fantastic option for this. It is also an environmentally friendly cleaning method which makes it even more appealing.

If needs be, your property may benefit from some repainting. Much like pressure washing, this can instantly transform a building and make it much more attractive to anyone approaching.

Having your windows cleaned is a fantastic way of boosting you building’s appearance and making the view from inside much more appealing! Wash away the grime of winter and let the spring sunlight shine in.

Gutter cleaning is also an excellent maintenance task to tick off the list. If you’ve been having problems with blocked and leaking gutters, add this job to your exterior cleaning schedule and clean your property from top to bottom.

External cleaning services in Southampton

Many cleaning tasks including pressure washing can be dangerous if you are not properly trained to take them on. You will also usually see better results in a much shorter timeframe if you invest in the services of an experienced professional.

If you are responsible for a property in Southampton, we offer a range of exterior cleaning services to help you rinse away winter. From pressure washing to cladding cleaning, window cleaning to gutter clearing, and all manner of maintenance tasks, we are here to help.

Our friendly, trained and experienced staff are certified to work at height so we can almost always carry out our full range of external cleaning services at any property.

Office cleaning services in Southampton

When it comes to your spring clean, we are here to help with both internal and external building cleaning.

We are trusted professionals and have a range of services to help you. Recently, a popular service has been our Coronavirus deep cleaning for which we use a range of techniques to ensure your property is safe.

Alternatively, we can tailor a cleaning package to your needs. 

Find out more

If you are feeling inspired to bring your Southampton commercial property out of hibernation, we can help.

We take huge pride in offering the highest standard of internal and external cleaning services. Our team is highly trained with relevant certification; they are skilled and experienced in what they do; they are always responsible and friendly, and dedicated to doing a fantastic job every time.

Whether you want someone to look around your property and assess how we can help or have particular tasks in mind, get in touch. We will be happy to answer all your questions or arrange a no obligation quote. 

 

 

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All the way up at the top of your house, your gutters play an essential role. By collecting, diverting and draining rainwater away, they protect your property inside and out. Without them you could face minor damage such as stained walls through to major damage to the very foundations of your property.

So, it’s great news that we’ve got gutters. Unfortunately however, gutters become blocked. It is almost inevitable and once they are blocked they no longer function properly. You can face all the same problems as if you never had them in the first place. For this reason, it is really important to get your gutters regularly cleaned.

What causes blocked gutters?

It may be difficult to imagine anything getting into your gutters but you’d be surprised. Leaves, twigs and seeds blow from trees and get caught in gutters; moss, bacteria and fungi grow in the damp environment; and even bird poo can add to the problem.

Once a blockage is established, it gets worse. Seeds begin growing into whole plants which cause all kinds of damage beyond clogging your gutter. Plus these blockages actually create the perfect place for insects, rodents, lizards and frogs to feed and settle down.

How much does gutter cleaning cost?

Property type

Ground floor

First floor

Second floor

Terraced house

£46

£66

£73

End of terraced

£66

£86

£106

Semi-detached

£66

£86

£116

Detached

from £86

From £106

From £126

Downpipe

£15

£17

£21

Conservatory

£27

£27

£27

What affects the cost of gutter cleaning services?

It is worth getting your gutters cleaned professionally for reasons we’ll come to later. However, nobody wants to feel they are overpaying for a service, so we’ve detailed what affects the price we quote:

  • The height

It’s naturally quicker and easier to clean the gutters of a bungalow, closer to the ground, than those at the top of a block of flats. We generally use a telescopic system and work from the ground but can take on almost any work at height, too. It will, however, affect the price.

  • The amount of guttering

Quite simply, the more guttering at your property, the longer the service will take. The type of house you own will dictate this to an extent. For example, a mid-terrace house naturally has less guttering than a detached house.

  • Add-ons

Many customers just want us to tackle their gutters. However, we are very happy to quote for and clean the downpipes as well as the gutters on your garage, conservatory, wood store… or anywhere else! Ask us to quote and we’ll factor it into the cost of the service. 

How long does it take to clean gutters?

Linked to and affecting the cost, the time it takes to clean gutters depends on a few things. As a guide, we would expect a terraced house to take around one hour. A semi-detached home is likely to take up to two hours while a detached can take between one and four hours depending on its size.

What does a gutter cleaning service include?

It’s all very well knowing the price and how long a service will take, but it’s important to know what you are getting for your money. Our trained, experienced staff provide a thorough, careful service that achieves fantastic results.

Our first step is to carry out a camera inspection so that we know exactly what we are dealing with. We can pinpoint troublesome areas and decide on a plan of action.

Next, we generally get to work with the latest Sky Vac technology. This enables us to work form the ground to remove blockages and clear your gutters.

We then carry out a final camera inspection for total peace of mind.

How often should you get your gutters cleaned?

The rate at which blockages build up depends on a few variables including the area in which you live, but we generally recommend using a professional gutter cleaning service once per year. Late autumn – early winter is a good time to choose, once the leaves have mostly fallen.

During this annual clean and inspection we will not only clean your gutters but make you aware of any other issues in your guttering that may need further attention. We can often arrange to help you with this as well. 

The risks of DIY gutter cleaning

It may be tempting to carry out gutter cleaning on your own but we would strongly recommend against this.

We may be wrong, but it is unlikely you have the necessary equipment to safely clean your gutters from the ground. That means you will have to climb up a ladder to gain access, which poses many risks. The most obvious of these is falling from height and seriously hurting yourself.

Another danger you may not have considered is that of electrocution. There are often a surprising number of wires around guttering and the risk of accidentally electrocuting yourself while cleaning the gutters is real and very serious.

Then, aside from hurting yourself, you may cause accidental damage to your home while striving for clean gutters. Leaning in the wrong place, accidentally knocking something with your elbow or even misjudging the placement of your ladder can easily damage your home.

Get in touch

Although you may not often think about your gutters, keeping them in good working order is a great way to help take care of your home. We are trusted professionals when it comes to roof and gutter cleaning and would be delighted to offer a no obligation quote for your property.

By using a professional service you can be sure of the best results with none of the hassle. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more or arrange a quote today.

 

 

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Why You Should Use a Professional Company to Clean Outside Windows You Can’t Reach

    When you notice irritating smears and smudges on your windows, it’s really tempting to grab a cloth and get to work. That’s great! Well done for being proactive. However, when the windows in question are tricky to access or out of reach, it’s foolish to take risks for a clear pane.

    The risks of DIY window cleaning from the ground

    There are many different unnecessary risks that people take when cleaning windows that are out of reach. From failing to clear trip hazards to inadvertently damaging the very window they are cleaning, it’s often more hassle taking on DIY window cleaning than it’s worth. 

    Improper preparation

    The first task when getting ready to clean windows is clearing the area. That means removing anything that is physically blocking the windows such as bars and shutters, but also moving trip hazards. Garden furniture, toys, flower pots and even cars and bikes can not only get in the way but also become damaged during cleaning.

    Failure to prepare the area properly can result in nasty trips, falls and damage to your own property. This is especially true because you would be looking up at your window and not necessarily where your feet are going. 

    Ladders

    Any activity at height poses a risk. If you decide to scale a ladder to access windows, you are adding unnecessary danger to the activity.

    Carrying cleaning equipment up a ladder means you can’t have both hands holding on. You are also likely to be unbalanced, increasing your risk of a tumble.

    The nature of window cleaning means water and soap is involved. This is a great recipe for clean windows but also for creating slippery surfaces. If your ladder becomes slippery, it will be harder to hold on to and more likely that your feet will slip. Also, if the solution spills onto the ground, which is almost inevitable, the ladder itself is also more likely to slip out from underneath you.

    Extendable brush/water fed pole

    Using an extendable brush or water fed pole is an alternative if you want to clean your own windows but want to avoid getting a ladder involved. Although this is a much safer option after you’ve made the investment, it is not without risks.

    Without proper training, a problem people discover with this method is neck and back pain. The unfamiliar action combined with looking up at the windows can put strain on your spine and cause injury.

    Wielding an extendable or water fed pole is also something it takes time to get used to and you could cause accidental damage to your property in the process.

    The risks of DIY window cleaning from inside

    As you’ve seen, there are many risks associated with trying to clean out-of-reach windows from the outside. The sensible choice is to use a professional company and, for window cleaning in Southampton, we are here to take away the risk and ensure a great result.

    However, you may think that cleaning your upstairs windows from inside sounds like the perfect solution; after all, there is no need for a ladder propped precariously against your wall. Beware, though: this can be a really dangerous thing to try.

    Clambering

    Although you don’t have to scale the full height of the building, it is still likely that you will need to clamber up onto a chair, chest of drawers or something else to properly access the window. Not only does this pose the risk of you falling to the floor, but also increases the chances of you tumbling out of the window while you clean.

    Overreaching

    If you are reaching round an open window to wipe the outside glass, your centre of balance is compromised. Again, there is a real risk you could slip and fall from the very window you are cleaning.

    Gadgets

    To avoid leaning out of open windows, there are a few window cleaning gadgets on the market to try and help. Magnetic window cleaners are one option but the results are often frustrating. Another option is investing in a window cleaning robot. In recent years their quality has improved but they can be costly if you want decent results.

    The simple solution: window cleaning services in Southampton

    When it comes to cleaning windows that are out of reach, nothing beats a professional window cleaning service. You know that you will get gleaming windows in hardly any time at all, without any of the stress, inconvenience or danger involved with DIY window cleaning.

    With years of experience, knowledge and training, our team come prepared with the specialist tools, equipment and products to complete the job properly.

    By choosing a professional you:

    • Eliminate danger to you and your property
    • Are confident of a great end result
    • Remove stress and hassle
    • Save time and invest in your property

    Commercial and residential window cleaning Southampton

    Together with traditional techniques, we use heated water reach and wash systems with pure, deionised water for beautifully clean windows. These methods allow us to easily reach up to 19 metres from the ground which means there is absolutely no need for ladders.  

    If you live in a block of flats, work in a high rise office or your building has hard-to-reach windows, we are still here to help. We hold a range of professional certificates including IRATA abseiling, rope access, IPAF mobile elevated platforms and cherry picker certification meaning we are unlikely to find a window we can’t clean!

    If you live or work in Southampton, don’t endure the risks and hassle associated with DIY window cleaning. Our friendly, professional team are on hand to help you get fantastic results with none of the stress.

    Get in touch

    Our family run company provides a friendly, professional service. We take huge pride in exceptional results and are here to answer any questions you may have about our window cleaning services in Southampton.

    If you would like to find out more or are interested in arranging a quote, don’t hesitate to get in touch without any obligation.    

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    Since it arrived, it has felt a bit like coronavirus has taken over our lives. It affects almost everything we do from exercising at the gym to visiting relatives in the hospital and even simply going to work. However, there are steps we can take to limit the spread and take back a bit of control.

    If you are in charge of somewhere where people visit or meet, one of the most effective things you can do in order to stop the spread of coronavirus is ensure you have thorough, effective cleaning in place.

    Although this might sound a daunting prospect, we are here to offer guidance and help as you tackle this pandemic head-on.

    How is coronavirus spread?

    Coronavirus is not only spread via droplets when people cough or sneeze, but also through contact with contaminated surfaces. Social distancing and masks help take care of direct transmission but it’s important to also tackle contaminated surfaces.

    High traffic touch-points (places or objects people touched often by different people e.g. door handles) are a great place to start when it comes to planning a cleaning regime. But, for peace of mind you could consider more thorough options such as office deep cleaning. 

    What kills coronavirus?

    Coronavirus has an outer fatty molecule layer. If this layer is destroyed, the virus is killed. As soap or alcohol break down fat, killing it is in theory, quite a simple task. That’s why the government recommends regular hand washing with soap and using hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable.

    Many conventional cleaning products are effective at killing coronavirus if used properly. However, soap and/or alcohol may not be the most practical options at your property. If you want a more belt-and-braces approach, we also use UV light and specially designed virucides when we help customers in their fight against coronavirus.   

    Cleaning products

    Not all cleaning products kill viruses. We have followed guidelines from Public Health England to select cleaning products and virucides, and use them in effective, safe ways to leave your property as virus-free as possible. 

    Office deep cleaning

    It is really important that you do everything you can to protect people at your Southampton workplace from coronavirus. Office deep cleaning ensures peace of mind that you are offering better protection.

    Office fogging tackles transmission via surface contact. It includes areas you may not automatically think of in a ‘normal’ cleaning regime. Carried out regularly this helps keep the risk of transmission as low as possible.

    Fogging for COVID-19

    If you are interested in coronavirus deep cleaning, fogging for COVID is a great option. This professional cleaning method kills 99.999% of bacteria, fungi and viruses, and reaches areas conventional cleaning can’t touch. 

    The specially designed cleaning liquid is atomised to create a fog. This is then sprayed throughout your property, binds to surfaces and disinfects on contact.

    A real plus point of fogging for COVID is the great results with the bonus of being able to reoccupy your property in just a few hours.

    UV light

    UV light has long been used as a disinfectant. It works because UVC waves carry enough energy to break the bonds that hold together the DNA and RNA of viruses and bacteria.

    There are real benefits to this method including that it is dry and can take on hard-to-reach areas. However, it is important that this method is carried out by a professional as there are many products claiming to be effective that are not.

    Get in touch

    Although scientists are still learning about COVID-19, there are plenty of measures we can take to minimise the spread of the virus.

    However, if you are feeling daunted or that you could benefit from professional coronavirus deep cleaning services in Southampton and the South West, get in touch.

    We will be happy to discuss our services, how they can help, and design a schedule for your specific property and needs.

     

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    If you are thinking of selling your Southampton based home, you might be surprised at the difference a bit of cleaning and some light repair work can make. A sparkling first impression can help boost that important valuation but also increases the chances of potential buyers falling for your property.

    Here are our simple tips to increasing your home’s value as you approach the property market:

    Kerb appeal

    First impressions are extremely important. They set the tone for the rest of the viewing and can sway valuations/viewings one way or the other. Doing what you can to boost kerb appeal is a great way to make a fantastic first impression and put people in a positive mind-set as they enter your home.

    Kerb appeal checklist:

    • Tidy up the front garden e.g. mow the lawn, trim hedges.
    • Clean paving/driveways.
    • Paint fences/clean border walls.
    • Make small repairs e.g. attend to lifted paving stones, replace broken fence panels.

    Exterior cleaning

    Having the outside of your property cleaned goes hand-in-hand with kerb appeal and it is amazing how grime can build up on walls without us noticing.

    Repainting your house can be very expensive and is probably an outlay you would prefer to avoid when trying to sell your home.

    However, consider render or cladding cleaning to give your house a revamp. It often makes paintwork look as good as new which can really add value when it counts.

    Similarly, if you have been neglecting your gutters, they may be blocked and leaking. This is something you can often see from the ground and can be off-putting so, getting your gutters cleaned is other tick box you could consider addressing.

    Clean windows

    Domestic window cleaning is something that can really lift the appearance of your home. From the outside, panes and frames enhance the overall look rather than distracting the eye.

    From the inside, smear-free windows let in more light and allow people to see outside rather than focus on the dust and cobwebs which inevitably build up. 

    As a rule, clean windows show a house is cared for and domestic window cleaning services can be scheduled as a one off or at regular intervals to suit your requirements.  

    Repainting 

    It is surprising how marked and chipped paint becomes without you really noticing. However, that is the kind of thing that can really distract people seeing your home for the first time.

    A fresh coat of paint, perhaps in a neutral colour, can add real value to your home and help it to sell quicker.

    Similarly, repainting wooden window frames can instantly improve the overall appearance of your home.

    These painting jobs needn’t be expensive nor take a long time but can do wonders when trying to sell a property.

    Deep cleaning house

    A thorough deep clean is a fantastic idea when you plan to put your house on the market. Ensuring every inch of your property it sparkling clean creates the best possible first impression while supporting any other efforts such as repainting and repairs.  

    An added bonus of deep cleaning is that it will remove odours. Smells can instantly put someone off a house and even affect its value. This is particularly true if you are a smoker or have pets. It is quite likely that you have become used to the smells in your home but newcomers have not. Deep cleaning services will remove any lingering smells and refresh your whole home in one go.  

    The real appeal of using deep cleaning services is that professionals will use their knowledge and experience to get the very best results, leaving you to concentrate on the property market.

    Look around with fresh eyes

    Finally, walk around your property as though you are doing so for the first time. It is amazing how many chips, scuffs and neglected patches of garden we overlook in our daily lives.

    Use a critical eye and see things as they truly are. Make notes and then get to work: replace that door knob that has been broken for years; fill that crack in the wall; and get someone to spruce up your neglected garden.

    Doing little things here and there can make a huge difference and all it takes is seeing your property with fresh eyes.

    Getting started

    When you are planning a house sale, there is a lot to think about. It can be a very stressful time even before you think about tackling everything mentioned. However, the benefits of the tasks outlined in terms of boosting your home’s value and securing a sale can be huge.

    So, why not consider using professional services in Southampton to ease the burden and ensure the very best results?

    Whether it is exterior cleaning, domestic window cleaning, deep cleaning services or anything else to help freshen up your Southampton based property, we can help. We offer all of these services and many more to help your home reach its full potential at this critical time.

    Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more and arrange a free, no obligation quote today. With that taken care of you can sit back and have fun searching for your new dream home! Happy hunting.

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    When it comes to property maintenance, you may not immediately think of roof cleaning. However, paying attention to this task can hugely pay off.

    Your roof is there to keep the elements out and any compromise in its structure can mean leaks. Since the biggest cause of damage to buildings is water, it is sensible to keep your roof in good condition.

    To understand how roof cleaning can help, here are the top ten reasons to get your roof cleaned this autumn…

    1. Improve your roof’s appearance

    Although rainwater is usually enough to wash away the most obvious dirt and debris, some level of build-up is inevitable. There comes a point where your roof will be noticeably dirty and roof cleaning is the only way to revamp its appearance.

    Once your roof has been cleaned you will boost kerb appeal, restore pride in your property and potentially even increase its value.  

    1. Remove algae

    You may think that it is just leaves and other debris that accumulates on a roof, but algae also builds up in shaded areas. Algal spores can be transported by the wind or animals and it is very difficult to avoid their growth.

    Once established, algae quickly causes staining and some forms even feed off asphalt and limestone, compromising your roof in the process.

    1. Remove lichens

    Lichens, although not technically plants, have root-like tendrils that grow into shingles. As they penetrate, they cause damage and pathways for water ingress, while becoming more and more difficult to remove. 

    1. Remove moss

    Although moss has got shallow roots, it can also cause plenty of damage to your roof. Thriving in damp environments, moss absorbs water and retains this moisture against your roof. In turn, this can create the perfect environment for bacterial growth and further problems.

    As moss grows it can also lift up shingles, causing gaps and leaks. Roof moss removal is a good step towards maintaining the structure of your roof.

    1. Prolong the life of your roof

    Replacing your roof is expensive and inconvenient. If your property is commercial, it will also likely require the closure of the building and lost revenue. It is therefore sensible to prolong the life of your roof as long as possible.  

    Regular roof cleaning keeps it in good condition for longer by preventing damage from debris, algae, lichen and moss.

    1. Cheaper than replacing the roof

    Even the combined cost of regular roof cleaning services, every five years or so, is far less expensive than the cost of a new roof.

    1. Autumn is an especially good time for roof cleaning

    It is a good time to clean your roof once the leaves have fallen. This is particularly true if your property is in a wooded area or has lots of trees nearby. 

    1. Roof cleaning services make it easy

    There is no hassle or worry: it’s as simple as picking up the phone. We will arrive, complete an efficient, professional job and clean up before we go. We cover Southampton, London and the South West. 

    1. Safer than doing it yourself

    Working at height can be dangerous if you are not trained or experienced. Moss on a roof can also be extremely slippery.

    Using roof cleaning services in Southampton means you benefit from the latest technology, experienced professionals and great results. All while minimising the risk of damage to your roof or injury to yourself.

    1. Getting a quote is free

    We will come and inspect the roof of your Southampton based property to quote for cleaning without any obligation to commit.

    Complete an enquiry form here or give us a call on 0800 622 6050.

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    PPM or planned preventative maintenance is a schedule of maintenance tasks designed to keep your business and operations running smoothly.

    It is the opposite of a reactive approach, in which you only address things once they have broken and are already causing you problems.

    building maintenance

    What is included in preventive maintenance?

    Every business will have a different PPM schedule. You may run a factory in which the specialist machinery needs to be included in regular planned preventative maintenance. On the other hand, if you work in an office you are likely to have computers, phones, printers and other equipment to consider.

    Beyond business-specific items, there are many things that can feature on a PPM list that are not necessarily obvious, but definitely worth considering, such as:

    • Power
    • Lighting
    • Plumbing and hot water
    • Toilet facilities
    • Staff Room facilities
    • Access controls and CCTV
    • Windows and doors

    Preventing any of these things from failing can be critical to maintaining productivity and staff wellbeing.

    You can also add software to your PPM list, ensuring updates aren’t missed and digital security is maintained. 

    What is a preventive maintenance inspection?

    This is part of PPM itself and entails a scheduled inspection to assess if any action should be taken. These inspections will identify if any parts are showing signs of wear and this will allow for them to be replaced before they fail. They may also alert you to any software updates that should be considered.

    What is considered a maintenance emergency?

    A maintenance emergency can mean different things to different businesses but is generally something that could cause injury, threaten your health or cause serious property damage if not immediately addressed. You could extend this to include something that will halt or impact your business productivity. 

    Needless to say, maintenance emergencies are best avoided, which is the purpose of planned preventative maintenance.

    Why is planned preventive maintenance important?

    Although there is the option to simply address issues as they arise, planned preventative maintenance aims to make your life simpler. Avoid problems before they happen, reduce stress levels and often save money.

    For example, if you decide to adopt a reactionary approach, you may find it difficult to source the personnel or parts you need at that exact moment. Delays cost your business money and are best avoided if possible. A preventative attitude allows you to plan ahead and even order parts in advance if you are aware they are due replacement or are showing signs of wear. 

    Simply put, PPM reduces risk and allows you to focus on your business.

    How often should preventive maintenance be performed?

    This is dependent on the equipment/facility but can either be time or condition monitored.

    You may decide to create a PPM plan by scheduling maintenance at regular intervals. Alternatively, you can monitor the condition of equipment or facilities and take action at the presence of certain indicators.

    Property maintenance services

    If PPM sounds like something you would like to implement at your business but you feel a bit out of your depth, consider using our property maintenance services in Southampton and surrounding areas.

    Specialists in this field, we have the right skills, equipment and experience to help.

    We will be able to support you to come up with a plan, conduct inspections and carry out any maintenance to keep your business running smoothly and your mind at rest. If you would like to find out more about PPM or how we can help, get in touch today. 

    We offer a range of professional services to take the stress out of property maintenance.    

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    The outside of your house is the first thing you see when you get home, not to mention the building’s first impression on visitors, passers-by and even potential buyers. To ensure that first impression is a good one and you have a house to be proud of, it is important to keep the outside clean, fresh and inviting. 

    Regularly cleaning rendered walls is not something everyone might think of doing, but it is an essential part of building maintenance.

    Cleaning your render also has the added bonus of prolonging its lifespan, maintaining a protective barrier between the brickwork of your house and the harsh elements.

    However, if the idea of cleaning rendered walls is a new concept to you, we are here to explain the process and benefits of this often-neglected part of property maintenance.

    Firstly, what is render?

    Even if you don’t realise it, you will already be familiar with render. It is a very popular finish for houses in Southampton and the rest of the UK. 

    Basically, render is the finish or ‘skin’ on the external walls of a building. There are many kinds of render, but it is usually made from a mixture of cement, sand, lime and water. The render properties can be adjusted by including additives such as silicone or acrylic.

    Much like when plastering, render is applied by building up a few coats which, when dry, then offer protection from the elements to the brickwork underneath.

    Why is render cleaning essential?

    Fresh, clean render makes a house look smart and can add value to your property. However, over time, render inevitably becomes dirty with a build-up of algae, moss, lichen and atmospheric dirt.

    When this happens and a house becomes dirty, people often assume their property needs a full repaint when in reality the same results can be achieved by using less expensive render cleaning services.

    Render cleaning is essential in order to:

    • Restore pride in your home’s appearance
    • Boost kerb appeal
    • Delay the need for full repainting
    • Prolong the life of your render

    What is softwash render cleaning?

    The obvious solution to dirty render may be to power wash the grime away. However, this can cause irreversible damage to your render and force water beneath the surface. This actually promotes organic re-growth, making your house look dirty again in next to no time!

    A fantastic alternative is softwash render cleaning which gently removes:

    • A range of bacterial growth
    • Fungi
    • Algae including green algae
    • Mould
    • Moss
    • Atmospheric dirt e.g. pollution

    Softwashing is environmentally friendly but highly effective at restoring your render to a beautifully clean finish.

    Why use render cleaning services in Southampton?

    For the best results possible, use professional render cleaning services for your property maintenance. Our experienced, Southampton based team will be able to assess what the dirt/build-up on your render consists of and how best to remove it.

    At Coastline Facilities Support Services LTD, we are able to offer a range of gentle, effective render cleaning services in Southampton and the south of England. Our free initial assessment includes a patch test to see which method will be most effective.

    We then use a combination of steam and/or biocidal to achieve great results with minimum disruption. If needed, our range of chemical treatments are environmentally friendly but highly effective.

    By using a professional render cleaning service, you are assured the best results with minimum risk of damage to your property. Our knowledgeable team put their years of experience and know-how into restoring your render to its former state, boosting kerb appeal and prolonging the life of the render itself. 

    Get in touch

    If you would like to find out more about Coastline’s render cleaning services or arrange a free consultation, get in touch. We will be happy to discuss our services, offer advice or get your property booked in.  

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    Looking after the exterior of your property – Your simple guide to render, cladding and gutter cleaning

      It is amazing how dull and dirty a property can become without you really noticing. If left to its own devices, grime, algae, mosses and lichen can stain the outside of the building while gutters become clogged. Not only does your property look unloved, it can become damaged and require sometimes drastic repair work.

      So, in order to keep your property looking fresh and functioning at its best, it is important to regularly clean your render, cladding and gutters. It may sound like a daunting undertaking but, fortunately, help is at hand.

      Render Cleaning

      Render is extremely popular in the UK and used on all kinds of personal and commercial buildings. There are many different kinds of render with different cleaning methods to treat each variety and kind of staining.

      Why use our render cleaning services?

      Power washing render is often far too aggressive. It can force moisture beneath the surface leading to premature organic re-growth, putting you right back where you started before you began cleaning! In some cases, power washing can even damage render so severely it is blasted off the building. 

      At Coastline Facilities Support Services LTD, our team are experienced in a range of gentle, effective render cleaning services in Southampton and the South of the UK.

      We offer a free initial assessment to determine the best cleaning programme before carrying out a patch test and beginning a thorough, effective clean.  

      Our chemical treatments are kind to the environment yet highly effective at removing algae, moss, lichen and atmospheric dirt.

      Once our render cleaning services are complete, your property will be clean and fresh with the bonus of boosted kerb appeal.

      Cladding cleaning Southampton

      Much like neglected render, dirty cladding is a real eye-sore. It makes your property look neglected and can impact on property value.

      There are many different kinds of cladding used in the UK, from UPVC to metal and it is important to use the right cleaning method for your property.

      Why use our cladding cleaning services?

      For professional results, call in the professionals.

      After a free initial inspection, we use a gentle yet effective heated water reach system which sprays pure water onto the cladding, removing grime. This results in a beautifully streak-free finish.

      If necessary we also have a range of non-abrasive, environmentally friendly biocidal treatments at our disposal. Adding a carefully selected product to the cleaning process helps to remove moss, algae and debris. 

      Experienced and qualified when it comes to working at height, our team are in the perfect position to take on even the most daunting of cladding cleaning tasks.

      Gutter Cleaning

      Perhaps less visually obvious than render and cladding, your gutters will becomes blocked over time and this can lead to serious problems.

      Blocked gutters don’t do their job properly and this can result in water ingress, and dirty marks streaking down your walls. If you do nothing so solve the problem you can face serious damage and big bills to pay. 

      Why use our gutter cleaning services in Southampton and the South of the UK?

      After carrying out a full camera inspection to assess the blockages and decide what action is required, we use the latest Sky Vac technology as our preferred gutter cleaning system. It is effective, safe and has fantastic results.

      If required, our team are also experienced and qualified to work at height, enabling us to clean even the most inaccessible gutters.

      Having your gutters cleaned annually keeps them in great working order and protects your property all in one go.

      The benefits of exterior cleaning

      Regular cleans not only make your building look refreshed but also prolong the life of your render, cladding and gutters. You will not need to repaint or carry out repair work as often which is great news in anyone’s books.

      However, looking after the exterior of your property needn’t be a chore. Our cleaning services in Southampton are highly effective with minimum disruption at your property. We bring everything we need and you are left in complete confidence that your property is in safe hands.

      Find out more

      If you have got any questions or would like more information on our render, cladding or gutter cleaning services, get in touch. Our friendly, professional team are on hand to help.

       

       

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