How to clean EIFS stucco

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) stucco is popular for many structures due to its durability and attractive appearance. However, like any exterior surface, it requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking its best. 

Cleaning EIFS stucco can be manageable if you follow these simple steps.

Gather the necessary supplies

Before you begin cleaning, gather all the supplies you’ll need. These may include a soft-bristle brush, a mild detergent or specially formulated EIFS cleaner, a bucket of warm water, a garden hose, and a ladder if needed.

Start with a gentle approach

Begin by rinsing the stucco surface with a garden hose to remove loose dirt and debris. Avoid using a pressure washer, as the high pressure can damage the stucco finish. 

Instead, use a soft-bristle brush or a sponge to apply a mixture of mild detergent and warm water to the stucco. Gently scrub the surface in a circular motion to loosen any dirt or stains.

Address stubborn stains

You may need a specially formulated EIFS cleaner if you encounter stubborn stains or discoloration. These cleaners are designed to be gentle on the stucco while effectively removing stains. 

Follow the cleaner’s packaging instructions and apply it to the affected areas. Allow it to sit for the recommended time, usually a few minutes, and gently scrub the area with a brush or sponge.

Rinse thoroughly

After cleaning the stucco, rinse the entire surface thoroughly with clean water. Ensure that all traces of detergent or cleaner are removed to prevent any residue buildup. 

Use the garden hose to rinse from the top down, working in sections if necessary.

Prevent future stains

Consider taking preventative measures to keep your EIFS stucco looking clean and fresh. Trim any overhanging trees or shrubs that may cause excessive debris buildup on the stucco. 

Regularly inspect the stucco for signs of mold or mildew and promptly address any issues to prevent them from spreading.

Professional cleaning

By following these steps, you can maintain the beauty and longevity of your EIFS stucco. Regular cleaning and preventative maintenance will keep it looking great and help prevent any potential damage or staining. 

If you need more clarification about tackling the cleaning yourself or your EIFS stucco requires more extensive cleaning, it’s best to consult a professional.

At JK Industries, we have the expertise and tools to effectively clean the stucco without causing damage. Contact us today to help guide you to the best solution.