Cleaning Equipment for External House Washing

The Best Household Cleaning Equipment for External House Washing

Are the external surfaces of your house looking a little dull? Whether you’re due to put the place on the market, or you just want to freshen it up now that summer’s arrived, there’s some basic but essential cleaning equipment to get the job done.

Even the most overwhelming task is made easier with the right tools. Here is some of the best household cleaning equipment for some DIY house and building washing.

Pressure washer

A pressure washer is the quickest and easiest way to externally clean your home. It’s a solution of water and detergent that blasts surfaces at high pressure to remove grime, stubborn dirt and mildew. This initial investment will prove its value after just one use – use it to wash driveways, exterior wall surfaces, and even to remove loose paint in preparation for repainting. Consider using a low pressure washer instead of high pressure, which will be gentler on your home’s exterior.


If you’re cleaning gutters or roofs yourself, you’ll probably need a ladder. The right ladder for the job depends on the size of the building; you’ll need an extension ladder for a 2-storey property, but a set of step ladders could be sufficient for single-storeys. Be sure to set the ladder on firm ground and follow all safety instructions.

Broom or yard brush

Houses with a textured exterior wall coating (particularly those next to busy roads) can pick up dust, grime and soot over time, leading to a messy appearance that no one wants. Because of the irregular surface, you might need some added elbow grease after using the pressure washer, to get rid of the particles stuck between the textured coating. A stiff broom or yard brush should help to scrub these away.

Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)

TSP is potent and proper care must be exercised when handling it, but it’s effective at cleaning a number of surfaces. Suitable for those tough cleaning jobs, it can remove mould, mildew and grease stains, on a variety of surfaces including brick, stone, cement, wood and roofing. Once diluted, apply TSP with a spray bottle, brush or sponge.

White vinegar

The popularity of vinyl cladding in New Zealand continues to grow. It’s low-maintenance but may need a light annual clean to keep it looking brand-new, and you can clean vinyl cladding around your home with a simple mixture of 70% water and 30% white vinegar that can remove any light mould and mildew stains.


Of course, there’s really no substitute for professional house cleaning, and we don’t recommend going DIY if you don’t feel comfortable working at heights. At Swish, we’ve got the expert tools and know-how to get your home’s surfaces, windows and gutters looking as good as new. Give us a call on 027 412 1177 or email for a quote!