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Double Your Entertaining Space – Without Renovating

Are you wondering just how you’re going to fit everyone in for holiday celebrations at your place this festive season? Wishing you had a bigger deck or patio to host Christmas lunch outside? Have a look around – you may have more space than you realised.

A trend we’ve noticed – and are loving – in entertaining at home is to convert unlikely areas of your property into a party space. We’ve seen some great examples online where driveways and backyards have been transformed into beautiful, spacious entertaining areas and put together some tips for how to recreate the look at your place.

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Choose The Location
Maybe you have a beautiful big tree in your backyard that would make a beautiful – and shaded – backdrop for your dinner party or Christmas barbecue. Driveways are the perfect place to set up long tables and buffets as they are generally on quite even ground and usually close to things that help make entertaining easier like taps and power points. You may want to have the driveway cleaned first if you are planning on eating off it though!

Get Creative With The Decorations
Bring something different to the table without breaking the budget. In the image below, the unsightly shed door has been hidden behind a garland of colourful streamers and mismatched tables have been covered with long lengths of matching linen to tie the look together. Fresh flowers, sticks and leaves from your own backyard make beautiful and simple centrepieces.

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Set Up Zones
Use the extra space – don’t just limit yourself to a table setting for the meal. You can now create separate themed zones and areas so that everyone can stay in the same area during the celebration. Why not put some couches and comfortable chairs out in the backyard for the adults to recline in after dinner while watching the kids play. Messes are easier to clean up when you can just host the area off later so why not line the fence with butchers paper and put out some crayons and paint to provide hours of entertainment for the children.

Kids play zonesWe hope that these tips have given you some inspiration for ways you can make the most of the space outside at your place this holiday season. From the team at B&D Cleaning we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

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Why Are My Bricks Turning Green?

Algae and moss may appear as a green stain or tinge on brick walls and paving around the home. While they generally don’t cause any long term harm to the surfaces, their presence can be rather unsightly and they cause surfaces to become slippery when wet.

If algae or moss are already causing problems at your place, we strongly recommend having the surfaces professionally cleaned. Water alone usually won’t fix the problem (in fact it can sometimes make it worse) and it can be difficult to know which cleaning method and chemicals are right for the job without damaging bricks or cement surfaces.

For those of you who are looking to prevent the problem from happening or take steps to ensure it doesn’t return, the tips below may help:

  1. Cut back any trees or greenery around the problem area(s)
    Algae and moss thrive in shaded, damp conditions so making provisions for sunlight and airflow in the area can help to prevent or slow their growth.
  2. Remove causes of dampness
    If the affected area is near a wall that houses internal pipes, you should seek advice from your plumber as the algae may be a sign that there are bigger problems within your walls. Assuming there is no internal leak; try to determine where the wetness is coming from.  If there is no way to have the edges of pathways and pavers on a slight slope to allow water to run off you may need to look at digging a small trench or creating some other form of drainage. Check gutters and downpipes and even the position of your irrigation systems to see if they are causing water to collect in the area.
  3. Control dirt and dust
    Dirt and soil can hold enough water to let moss and algae grow. If you live in an area prone to dust or have garden beds near the wall, this may be the cause of the problem. Regularly clean dirt and dust from your brick surfaces and lay fresh mulch in the garden beds to ensure that the soil won’t be splashed against your brickwork during wet or windy weather conditions.
  4. Weed & remove leaves regularly
    It is common for moss to grow in places where other plant matter exists. Keeping control of the weeds and ensuring that leaves don’t sit on or around the brick surfaces for too long will help to keep moss and algae infestations at bay.
  5. Ensure soil isn’t compacted

    If you are experiencing algae or moss around garden edging or retaining walls, there may be a problem with the soil. Aerating the garden bed or improving soil quality and garden bed drainage should help to alleviate the issue.

While these tips will help to prevent growth of moss or algae, if it is already present on your brick surfaces please consider seeking professional advice before embarking on one of the online DIY projects – you’ll notice most of them recommend doing a small patch test at least a week before tackling the project to prevent causing long term damage. Don’t risk it, contact us today for an obligation free quote.

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Why Hire a Professional to Clean Your Concrete Surfaces?

Cleaning your concrete driveway and paths doesn’t just make them look better; it can also make them safer and prolong their life.

It doesn’t take long for concrete exposed to the elements to get a build-up of mould, grime, and algae which can make it a very slippery and dangerous surface when wet. Even though a concrete surface is generally quite hard wearing, it is a porous material and it does soak up dirt, dust and oil. Stains can penetrate quite deeply and not only become harder to remove with time, but also cause long term damage to the structural integrity of your concrete surface.

Many people believe that a quick DIY pressure wash will adequately clean their concrete drive or pathways but it is not always that simple.

Here are a few points to consider before going the DIY route that can make hiring a professional the cheaper, safer and easier option.

Cost Effectiveness
Unless you already own the equipment required, most of the time doing it yourself takes longer and by the time you hire an industrial grade pressure washer and purchase the chemicals, it can cost the same – or sometimes more – than hiring a professional in the first place.

Professional Tools and Know How
Do you know which chemicals or cleaning methods are best to use on your concrete driveway or path? Not all stains and surfaces are created equal, and a professional will be able to ensure that not only are the toughest stains lifted, but that it is done in a way that isn’t going to damage the concrete.

Safety First
Many of the popular DIY methods recommend using some fairly high powered chemicals and pressure washers which can pose serious risks to the inexperienced user.  Proper safety equipment including goggles, appropriate footwear and long sleeved clothing is essential if you are planning to work with some industrial grade acids or cleaners.

Council Compliance
Most local councils do not allow chemicals to go into the storm drains so if you are planning to do it yourself, you need to make alternate arrangements to dispose of the run off or risk hefty fines and penalties. B&D Cleaning Services work closely with local councils and the Office of Heritage & Environment to ensure that our work sites and practices comply with all bylaws and guidelines.

Cleaning concrete driveways and paths is not as easy as it sounds and is one job often best left to the professionals. Many times in our business we’ve come across jobs where the owner assumes that there is nothing can be done to make their concrete surface look better because they tried to clean it themselves and couldn’t make a noticeable improvement. Contact us today for an obligation free quote and appraisal.

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Five Ways To Get Instant Street Appeal

First impressions count, especially when you are placing your home on the market. Potential buyers may be driving past before the open house or making contact with the agent so it’s important to make sure that the property is well presented and stands out from the street for the right reasons.

We’ve put together some tips to help you make a lasting impression on your potential buyers.

  1. Have the exterior professionally cleaned
    A professional pressure clean of brick and concrete work can take years off an aging exterior and is a fast, cost effective alternative to even ‘minor’ renovations like painting as it is less dependent on good weather conditions. Once the dust, dirt and grime have been removed the colours and finish instantly look brighter.
  2. Yard Maintenance
    Even though tending to the garden may be the last thing on your mind when you’re preparing to move, it is an instant way to boost your property’s curb appeal.  Remove any weeds and dead plants, prune your plants and flowers, keep the lawn mowed and the edges tidy. Adding some mulch or some extra plants is an inexpensive way to improve the look of your garden.
  3. Check Exterior Locks, Knobs & Windows
    Home security is important to any buyer, regardless of your neighbourhood’s reputation. That sticky lock/door knob that you’ve been meaning to fix or the torn screen may make buyers question how safe they will feel in the home or start thinking they will have to spend money to fix them straight away.
  4. Fix Any Problems
    If there are any defects on the property exterior or around the yard, no matter how minor, make sure that you fix them. Loose fence palings, dripping taps, blown light bulbs and other ‘little’ things can give buyers the impression that the property has been neglected and may have other problems. You want them to be imagining themselves in the space, not mentally listing what they’ll need to repair.
  5. Pay Attention to Detail
    Is your street number visibly displayed to make it easier for potential buyers to find the property? Have you brought the bins in?  Is your letterbox old and tired looking? Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact and are easy to overlook.

Taking the time and effort to make a few simple changes or repairs before you list your home on the market can make a difference to how buyers view your property and ultimately improve your chances of achieving a good sale result.

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Acid Brick Cleaning – What It Is, and Why You Need It

Brick cleaning with acid is the process of applying a diluted hydrochloric acid solution to the brick surface, in order to get better results in a shorter amount of time. Whilst it may sound harsh, it is a lot more gentle and safe than you may expect, and is in fact recommended by many leading brick manufacturers and suppliers.

This type of cleaning is often done on new buildings, where the brick has just been laid and the building is yet to be used. The function is to get rid of the excess cement covering the brick, as well as any other debris that may have adhered to the surface, so the actual surface of the brick can be exposed. Once completed, it gives a much polished and neater overall finish to the masonry.

Acid cleaning can also be done on very old bricks, where years of dirt and grime have built up to a level where the original natural colour is indistinguishable. In this case, it’s especially important to pay attention to the composition of the brick, i.e. what it’s made of. Bricks with a high iron content, for example, need to have the acid wash neutralised pretty much as soon as it’s applied. Also bricks which are physically crumbling may require a different solution altogether- and it may be more than just cosmetic.

The process involves first wetting the brick to prevent acid burn (which can cause nasty discolouration, amongst other things). The surface is then pressure sprayed all over with a diluted acid solution. Once good results have been achieved, the acid solution is neutralised and any debris or runoff is carefully disposed of. We finish up by double checking edges and surfaces, and making sure that the area is ready and safe to use again before we leave the site.

In either situation (old or new masonry), here at B & D Cleaning we have developed an acid pressure cleaning process that we’ve found gets superior results, whilst limiting the collateral damage that the acid can sometimes cause to the surrounding areas. This means both secondary measures such as limiting and catching runoff, and using pressure as well as chemical force to ensure a removal power that is more than the sum of its parts. To get a better idea of what we mean, email us at and we’ll share some of our processes and results.

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Top 5 Graffiti Removal Tips

If your business premises is in a high traffic area, chances are you’ve had problems with graffiti on the exterior, whether it’s minor tagging or larger pieces. At B&D Cleaning, we deal with  lot of graffiti removal jobs and are experienced at making bricks & other walls look like new again- however, there are some measures you can take yourself to lessen the damage. Here are our top five tips for dealing with graffiti:

1. Prevention

Prevention is always better than cure- and in this case, it can prevent drastic measures such as repainting or resurfacing. If you’re still in the process of fitting out your premises, or if painting is in the budget, consider getting a graffiti repellent or resistant top coat. These types of paints, while marginally more expensive, make graffiti easy to clean off with a regular pressure cleaner, or even household cleaning tools.

2. Rapid removal

In the subculture of graffiti, artists compete to have superior work next to each other, or to paint on top of each other’s work. Tags especially can attract more graffiti- to put it crudely, it’s a little like animals marking their territory. This is why rapid removal is essential to helping prevent more graffiti in the future.

3. Pick your method/cleaner correctly

There’s nothing worse than doing more damage to your property by using the wrong thing to remove graffiti. Make sure you’re using something that fits the surface. Aluminium siding or other metal, such as fences, can be cleaned with sparing amounts of paint thinner. Glass may be able to be cleaned with a razor blade, or again tiny amounts of paint thinner- beware of scratching, and use a straight blade. Wood may able to be lightly sanded & repainted. Older masonry should be dealt with by a professional. If you are unsure, ask at your local council or call us.

4. Avoid ‘patchwork’ repainting

Your property shouldn’t look like a patchwork just because you want to cover up graffiti. If you use a long lasting, weatherproof paint when you do your exterior walls, keep any leftovers sealed and in a cool dry place- many non-fading paints can be easily blended in. Otherwise, consider repainting- either partially or fully, depending on the size and location of the graffiti.

5. Use a specialist graffiti remover

A number of chemical and cleaning companies now produce specialist graffiti cleaning formulas, designed for homeowners and business owners as well as professionals. These require no extra equipment, and are quite safe to use. Often in a gel formula, they are applied directly to the paint, left on, and rinsed off thoroughly after a certain time. Ask at your local hardware store.

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Looking for a greener and, cleaner way to clean your pool, spa and deck?

Algae, mould, moss and mildew are common problems in these areas and can build up quickly around your deck, even if it’s treated timber. If your pool is heated, the areas surrounding it can be a haven for spores to set and grow during the winter. To maintain the hygiene and general looks of your poolside area, it’s essential to stay on top of moss and mould removal.

Usually this would be done with manual scrubbing and the use of a growth inhibitor such as a mild pesticide, orange oil or other cleaning agent. However, in the poolside areas, especially when you consider runoff, this can mean a risk of contamination to your swimming water, as well as a risk of contamination in the runoff that goes into the lawn or nearby garden. There is a solution though, and that is high pressure cleaning.

The advantages of using a pressure cleaning service such as B&D Cleaning to take care of regular tasks like these include the fact that you don’t have to get down and scrub the grout yourself- the pressure of the water gets into all nooks and crannies to find mould spores and the sources of algal blooms before they can become established. More space can be covered in less time, meaning you can get back to using your pool sooner. It’s also a much better solution for timber decks, which even when oiled properly can suffer surface damage from the use of other strong anti-fungal chemicals.

Our team is able to assess the poolside cleaning needs in your home and adjust our approach as necessary. For example, if your poolside area contains brick or slate/stone paving, we’ll ensure that the surface is cleaned without damaging the underlying structures. And because safety is our foremost consideration, we’ll always prepare the area carefully and make sure it’s cleaned up before we leave, to avoid any dislodged moss or debris from getting into the pool water and clogging up filters.

If you’ve been looking for a simpler and more convenient way to clean your pool and spa areas, let B & D Cleaning Service be of assistance. We can clean any sized space, from a small on deck jacuzzi to an Olympic-sized pool. Call us today on 1800 090 507 for a free no-obligation quote on your poolside cleaning needs.

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Considering painting, rendering or covering your brick exteriors? Read this first

If you live in an older brick home that’s seen better days, chances are you’ve thought of doing something with the exterior surfaces to make it look a little less tired and dated. There are a number of trends at the moment for textured rendering and painting (even of older & heritage homes, with the right colour direction) of brick exteriors, which can be very attractive when you consider the potential benefits of increasing value and reducing yard maintenance.

However, there may be a simpler solution which would refresh your brick walls without the expense and time wastage of a complete exterior renovation project. Pressure cleaning can take years off a wall by removing dirt and grime that you may have thought was caked in and there to stay. Especially on houses that face main roads and are in busy areas of the city, we’ve seen some incredible results. Bricks look cleaner and even brighter in colour when the dust and stains are removed with a carefully tailored approach to concrete cleaning. We mention a tailored approach because many brick homes are older, and there may be structural integrity issues with the brick itself. These bricks require a different method than, say, the cleaning of new brick walls after a building project.

B&D Cleaning specialise in brick cleaning, with over 35 years’ experience in providing a brick cleaning service that is quick, efficient, self contained and an incredibly convenient alternative to scrubbing, hosing or potentially damaging chemical cleaning methods. We have had the privilege of working on some grand homes and larger commercial premises, always with stunning results that have on occasion demonstrated to property owners that their property wasn’t in need of renovation, just a little refreshment. The potential savings are obvious, and run into the thousands of dollars.

If you’re short on time, pressure cleaning is the choice to go with. Our technicians can transform the look of brick surfaces in just minutes, whereas extended permanent works can take weeks to complete. Pressure cleaning can also be completed in just about any weather, so you don’t have to wait for summer to update the look of your home or business premises to make the change you’ve been waiting for.

And if you do decide to go ahead with an exterior renovation? Your walls will be clean, smooth and ready to work on.

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How to Hire a Brick Cleaning Contractor Without Getting Hosed

If you’ve never hired high pressure cleaning professionals before, it can be hard to know where to start- it’s a competitive industry, and although B&D Cleaning Service is up there with the most professional and experienced brick cleaning contractors in Sydney, we often like to remind our clients what makes our contractor services such great value for money.

1. Price

Price is one of the most important factors when deciding on a contractor. At B&D Cleaning, we offer free no-obligation quotes to all potential clients. We are always happy to discuss price beating in a responsible way, based on the scope of work; call or email us for more information.

2. Scope of works

You might find a cheap advertised price, but will that cover everything you want done- to the standard you need? The scope of works that your brick cleaning contractor has may be limited or expanded to include (or exclude) things like project planning and certification, insurance & more.

3. Proven results

Can your contractor demonstrate the results from past projects? Can they tell you exactly how they achieved a certain finish on a particular surface? At B & D Cleaning, we’re always happy to show you pictures of what we’ve done for our other satisfied clients. For very large works, we can even provide a demonstration- just ask when you request your free quote.

4. Environmental compliance knowledge

In New South Wales, high pressure cleaning is regulated by the Office of Environment & Heritage. There are specific guidelines that must be followed in order to maintain compliance with environmental legislation and regulations; not doing so can result in a fine of up to $1500. This is especially important when it comes to chemicals and preventing runoff. B & D Cleaning can explain our mutual obligations during the pressure cleaning process, as well as taking responsibility for all compliance measures.

5. Referrals

Has your contractor been in the industry for a number of years? Have they got a strong track record of great work for satisfied clients? Our clients include a number of the city’s leading construction groups, builders and strata management companies- see ‘Our Clients’ on the home page for more information. With over 30 years in the industry, we’ve more than proven our ability to provide a reliable, quality service at a budget-friendly rate.

6. Specialist service

Having worked in this area for over three decades, we’ve seen a lot when it comes to different building materials and surfaces, from heritage buildings to new developments, residential to recreational and sporting facilities. We are able to adapt our service to suit your property, including delicate cleaning of heritage facades and graffiti removal that will leave your shopfront looking like it was never attacked in the first place. See our ‘Services’ page for further specific examples.

7. General customer service

Our customer service standards are built open a few key principles. Firstly, we’re always accessible and contactable; we’re on call 24/7 at 1800 090 507. Secondly, we attend to your quote and job as soon as our schedule allows, so you can get on with your project or business ASAP. Thirdly, we maintain courteous and open communication with our clients at all times; this benefits them but it also helps us to improve our standards and respond to new information.

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What to Expect from our High Pressure Cleaning Services in Sydney

Sometimes referred to as ‘hydrocleaning’ or ‘waterblasting’, high pressure cleaning uses focussed and pressurised water streams to force dirt, scum films and other materials off surfaces. A range of marks such as paint (graffiti or spilled exterior paint), rubber (burnouts etc), sealants, membranes, gum and ingrained dirt can be removed. This is important for our clients for a variety of reasons; whether they want to prepare a surface for painting or coating, remove unwanted marks or simply freshen up a tired looking facade, high pressure cleaning can get the job done. Impressive results can be achieved where chemicals and ‘elbow grease’ have failed.

The first step that is to complete a site survey, and assess the level of work that needs to be done. This includes taking into account safety – for both workers and passers-by in high traffic areas- and deciding on the specific type of pressure cleaning to be used for best results (these include but may not be limited to acid cleaning, pure water cleaning, super high pressure etc).

Once ready to start, the second step taken is removing large debris from the area, to ensure we don’t miss anything and that the pressure hose can get to the surface that is being targeted.  At this stage, we will also put in place necessary protections to prevent toxic runoff and other environmental hazards.

Before cleaning continues, we will do a test patch to make sure there are no unpredictable issues that we didn’t detect during the planning and quoting process. This may be a concern where surfaces are particularly old and have been exposed to the elements for a long time; sometimes, the surface can be weaker or thinner than first predicted, or in the case of coloured brick/hard court surfaces, may actually have physically faded from sun damage.

During the actual cleaning process, we move the hose in a particular pattern to ensure that everything that’s removed is kept off the cleaned areas and pushed in a particular direction, for easier post-clean tidy up.

Once the process is completed and the surface has dried (important for assessing success of removal of dust and other things that can disappear when wet), the cleaner will consult with their supervisor and with the client to ensure that the entire agreed scope of the works has been completed to a satisfactory standard.

Not sure what level of services you require? No worries. The team at B&D Cleaning Service are available to answer your queries at all times. You can request a quote and more information about the scope of our services by using the contact form to the left, or by emailing more detailed questions to If your quote is urgent or you just have the one key query, give us a call on 1800-090-507.

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