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Make Memorial Day Great

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th folks! We’re hoping that you’re planning on making the most of your long weekend with plenty of friends and family; and of course, a grand outdoor bash to commemorate the sacrifices our servicemen have made for our freedoms. Memorial Day effects all of us here in North Carolina, and across the nation. It is occasion to look back on the history of this great country, and it’s a reminder that freedom isn’t free. So, for today’s blog, we’re taking a moment’s break from our traditional pressure washing news and information; instead, we’re going to delve into history you may not have known about Memorial Day. Civil War Beginnings The American Civil War was a tragic loss of life. Over 600,000 soldiers died throughout the war. Memorial Day originated to commemorate these men; and initially, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. The holiday began when General Logan, a civil war commander, ordered that May 30th of 1868 would be set aside "for the purpose of strewing

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Prepping For Paint

Your paint is chipping off your home’s wooden siding. Your home looks withered, weathered, and beaten down. It’s time to paint. You dream of new hues, your home is a blank canvas. With a tabula rasa, a blank slate, you saunter to the nearest hardware store or paint shop for the best colors to suit your abode. It’s exciting, butterflies bubble up in your belly as you ponder the possibilities. Maybe you’ll go with maroon siding, and white trim: Classic. Or perhaps you’re thinking of deep dark eggplant purple alongside a lively green trim: Modern. Finally you decide on the perfect colors for your home… a rusted, cloudy seafoam for the siding, gray edging, and bright bold brown-mustard yellow for the door. Now, there’s prep work to be done. It’s time to peel away chipped paint, sand down imperfections, power wash your surfaces, dry, and paint. Peeling Paint With walls of paint peeling away, you’ll want to pick up some scrapers. Scrape away loose paint, paint bubbles, and any other imperfections off

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Do It Yourself Exterior Painting

You’ve peeled away old paint, you’ve sanded your surfaces, we’ve pressure washed away debris. Your home’s wooden exterior is ready for a fresh coat of paint. In our last blog, we covered the first steps you’ll need to take to prepare your surface for paint, as well as the tools and materials you’ll need to get the job done. Today, we’ll be talking about the process you should follow to make exterior painting a snap. Plan Ahead Once your surfaces are dry after pressure washing, you’ll want to paint on a day that’s sunny. Shoot for a day that has no chance of rain. Each coat will need to be applied to a dry surface or your freshly applied paint may bubble and crack. If it rains as you’re tackling your home-painting project, you’ll have to wait until the surface is dry once again to continue. Taping Off Surfaces & Drop Cloths Tape off edging, windows, and corners where your paint colors will be different. If you’re painting your edging after you’ve

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Taking Out Grapevine Grime

While grapevines are well suited for planting near the wall of your home and their vines are appealing throughout the seasons, they can leave residue along your wall as the years pass. Now, during the summer years, your grape foliage will likely cover unsightly stains and grime, but as fall rolls around, you’re sure to see grime buildup and residue that’s been left by your vines. Now’s the time to get clean with pressure washing services from Big Clean, your Charlotte-area power washing company. Get Rid of Vine Grime Your patio’s your outdoor oasis, and it’s a space that you cherish. But you’ve found that the grapevines that you planted a decade ago have overgrown their bounds. They’re crawling beyond their lattice. Now, they’re all over the brick of your home. They completely blot out the sun. And they’re making their way into the roof gutter - and that can mean a major clog. It’s time to tame your vines. You pull out your pruning shears and your loppers. Starting with some

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Pressure Washing for Party Time

Summertime means party time. As summer comes into full swing, now’s the time to get outdoors and get partying. It’s an exciting time, and as the world’s best host, you couldn’t be more prepared. So, you’ve opened up your pool, you’ve cleaned out the filter, and you’ve perfectly balanced the pH levels. You’ve uncovered your grill, and you’ve cleaned the grate. Then you purchased four bags of charcoal, and 18 bottles of lighter fluid. You stocked your freezer with 20 pounds of hot dogs, five full chickens, and half of a cow. You even purchased a four-pack of veggie burgers for your cousin Rachel. On top of that, you built 45 kabobs. You purchased 800 dollars worth of completely legal fireworks. You combed your shedding dog so that the Clarkson boys don’t sneeze from their allergies. You trimmed the claws on your cat so that it doesn’t maim the Clarkson boys (everyone knows that Priscilla is prone to freaking out at the sound of a sneeze). You built your own kegerator

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Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean

We’re here to ensure that your exterior surfaces are sparkling. That’s why we provide pressure washing services. Pressure washing is simply the most effective, most efficient way to clean your deck, your patio, your driveway, and the facade of your home. But at the end of the day, our services don’t extend to the interior of your home. However, we’re going to take a moment today to provide some tips to keep your interior spaces as clean as your Big-Clean-power-washed exteriors (we’ll be continuing this blog stream in upcoming articles, by the way, so check back for more tips!). Your Garage Your garage is the junk drawer of your home. And it’s the place you store dirty tools, dirty cars, and dirt for your garden. When it gets too much to bear, it’s time to set aside the afternoon (or the weekend) aside to clean up. Cutting Clutter You have 13 projects sitting stagnant on your workbench. You have six power tools that don’t work. You have two power tools that do.

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Keep Your Pool Area Safe

Sure, they can seep into the pool water and turn your emerald-colored oasis into a green stew, and that’s bad enough. And sure, they can clog a pool filter in a jiff. But what’s worse is that a bit of mold and grime can become as slippery as a grease spill. And with tots and tykes running full sprint around your pool, the tiniest bit of mold becomes a major liability. Oh, and beyond that, mildew around your pool just doesn’t look good. Pressure Washing Your Pool-Area Concrete for Safety It’s a joyous Saturday. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Bees are buzzing near the crabapple tree. A soft wind rolls in from the northwest at four miles per hour - or perhaps it’s four-and-a-half miles per hour. There isn’t a cloud in this galaxy (or even the Andromeda galaxy for that matter). There’s charcoal smoldering on the grill. Ribs have been marinating in the kitchen refrigerator for 72 hours. Children frolic through the green grass as you check the

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