Krud Kutter Exterior Clean Up without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Is your home ready for Halloween? I don’t mean decorating. I mean is it so grimy and dirty that you don’t need to decorate to scare off the trick or treaters?

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Umm, yup, that was my house. But, a few weeks ago I was introduced to my new CBFF (Cleaning Best Friend Forever.)

Krud Kutter Original - My Cleaning BFF

Seriously, you can ask my sister and stepmom! I was toting around a bottle of Krud Kutter this past weekend while working on renovating a VERY dated beach condo. What? You didn’t know I was doing that?!

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Anyway, back to Krud Kutter. The folks at Krud Kutter couldn’t believe I’d never used their products before. So, they offered to send me some to try. But, before I agreed, I checked with a few DIY friends like Holly.  And, they all agreed, “Oh yeah, that stuff ROCKS!” Holly says she uses it to clean grimy furniture before painting it. I figured if she likes it, I might.

Within a few days, a box containing some Krud Kutter Original and Krud Kutter House Wash showed up on my VERY dirty doorstep. I’m sure my UPS driver thinks our stoop is a disgrace. I had contemplated buying a pressure washer to clean it.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder(That white grout you see at the top of the picture was protected under the door mat for years.)

You can imagine my skepticism that a little plastic bottle could do the same job as a pressure washer.  But, I was shocked at what happened next.

Here’s the down and dirty, true tale, of how I cleaned our home from top to bottom without a pressure washer or ladder:

Materials:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

  • Krud Kutter Original
  • Hose
  • Broom
  • Scrub brush
  • Optional: Rubber gloves

 

Directions for Cleaning Exterior Grout and Tile on a Front Stoop:

First sweep off any loose dirt and leaves.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Spray Krud Kutter over the surface to be cleaned. (You can dilute it, but I figured the grime was tough competition for that little white and red bottle, so I didn’t dilute.)

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Let the cleaner sit for a few minute. While you wait, you can get spray happy and maybe clean some outdoor furniture too.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Check back with your stoop. Whoa!!! Can you see that? The grime is pulling out of the grout in little brown puddles!

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Quick grab your scrub brush and start scrubbing the grime off the surface. You’ll find that there’s not much “elbow grease” involved because the Krud Kutter has done most of the work for you.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Step back and admire your work halfway through. Can you see how clean the right hand side is?!

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Keep scrubbing until you finish the whole front porch. Then wipe off your outdoor furniture with one swipe.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

The Krud Kutter works great on the railings too. And because it is non-toxic and biodegradable I didn’t have to worry about it harming that hungry vine that must be fed by Seymour (please tell me you’re old enough to remember that movie.)

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Finish by rinsing off the porch and furniture with the hose.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Are you ready for the results?

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder
Here’s the side-by-side before and after comparison:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Yeah baby! At this point, I was so thrilled that I decided to try the Krud Kutter House Wash to get rid of the dirt, pollen and slug trails:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

How to Clean Your Home without Ladders and a Pressure Washer:

Remember that pressure washer I mentioned earlier? I also wanted to buy one so I didn’t have to pay to have our home exterior professionally cleaned. I decided long ago that if I’m going to be around for my kids I need to stop the wet ladder antics. And you can too! Put down your phone, don’t call the Home Pressure Washer Professionals. Instead, grab these supplies and wash your home from the safety of the ground!

Materials:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder - Krud Kutter House Cleaner

  • Krud Kutter House Wash
  • Broom
  • Sponge
  • Water hose
  • Eye Goggles (to protect eyes from spray)
  • Rubber Gloves (optional)

Instructions:

The instructions on the bottle say to spray your home, gutters, and the surrounding plants with water from the garden hose before you begin.  You can do this before or after you connect the bottle of Krud Kutter House Wash to your hose. Make sure the bottle nozzle is set to “OFF” when attaching the hose.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Once the house is saturated, switch the nozzle to “CLEAN” and start spraying your home with the Krud Kutter House Cleaner from top to bottom.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Let the cleanser sit for 5-10 minutes. Set the bottle nozzle to “RINSE” and rinse off the cleanser.

The majority of the house was clean, but there were a few stubborn spots that required a little more scrubbing. I used a sponge to clean some mildew spots on the trim.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

And the broom to scrub some of the petrified leaf debris from the gutters.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

But, the siding looked much cleaner without scrubbing.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

And the whole house had a much more inviting and clean look. Now we won’t be scaring the trick or treaters off before they get to the front door.

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Here’s the side-by-side review:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

Tile and grout:

How to Clean Your House Exterior without a Pressure Washer or Ladder

You better believe I’m making room in my garage for these two!

Krud Kutter Cleaners - My Cleaning BFFs

You can buy your own at Lowe’s or your local hardware store. And those smart folks at Krud Kutter have a cleaning product for almost everything! Automotive, rust, driveways and MORE!

And the pressure washer? I’ll be saving that money (and floor space) for something else. ;-)

PHGFancySignDisclosure: This post is a sponsored post for Krud Kutter. I was compensated for my time. All opinions and words are my own. Krud Kutter is a company that I was happy to partner with because their products lived up to my expectations (or exceeded them.) Rest assured that I will not partner with brands that I don’t value or respect. 

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Comments

  1. That’s an amazing difference on your porch. I’m going to try that. Thanks.

  2. Looks Nice! I need some of that krud kutter!

  3. Love, Love, Love Krud Kutter! My husband thinks I have issues. Spray around the back screw things on your “clean” toilet seat…. gross what comes out of the joint!

    Just a warning, it will take off finishes on furniture. I spilled some(full strength) on my kitchen table and it totally removed the finish. I wasn’t upset, I just used the rest of my bottle as a paint stripper and refinished my table…. it worked great.

  4. I am so going to try this product! Thanks for the review!

  5. Alice Birchfield says:

    Boy! Do I need this stuff! Thanks for the great review.

  6. That looks excellent! I’m just gearing up to do the same chore too and I’ll have to try that out. It will be interesting to see how it does on the more persistant green that grows everywhere here in Oregon.

  7. we just got a letter from our HomeOwners Association that we must Pressure Wash our home, which of course everyone gets these annoying letters from time to time and then we always borrow the pressure washer from work and get the job done to avoid further threatening letters. This always involves using the outdoor bleach too, which I know isn’t safe to be smelling.

    I would love it if KrudKutter would send me the House Cleaner too so I may give it a go! We aren’t going to clean for a couple more weeks, because it’s just too darn hot out. {so take that HOA lol}

    Yours came out excellent and the walkway really came out nice!

  8. Thank you, thank you. I was just getting ready to bite the bullet and pay for a professional to wash my house and walkway. Do they package this in a bigger bottle? like say a gallon. I’ve got lotsa a crud.

  9. I’ve never used it either but it looks great! We were considering a power washing but now…

  10. I’ve got to try this stuff this weekend! I was just about to borrow the pressure washer from our neighbor’s.

  11. Ah you read my mind, washing the house and then the patio is on the list for the fall. Going to have to try it and let you know.

  12. Wow! I need this stuff in my life!! The NC pollen that sticks to our house is unreal…. Thanks for this post! xx Liz Marie

  13. I love Krud Kutter. When we moved into this house, the kitchen was covered in grease – like someone had fried chicken with all the cabinets open every day. Krud Kutter was the only thing that got the cabinets clean. I’ll definitely try it outside!

  14. WOW, I’ve used Krud Kutter before but not on the exterior. I just went to Lowe’s yesterday but looks like I’ll be making another trip. With out Arizona red dirt, I can certainly use this stuff. What a transformation Brittany, Thanks for this post!

  15. I never knew there to be a Krud Kutter for houses….. Thanks! However, I have another questions…. Did you do your front stoop yourselves, as I’m wondering what that is in various shapes, on top of your concrete base. It looks like something I would like!

    • Pat, no, our house is 30 years old. The stoop is made from broken red tiles set in grout. I know there are several other houses in the neighborhood that have the same. Cool, huh?!

      • Pat, I’m sorry I don’t know where you can get the tiles. I bet they are thicker than they look because it truly looks like they were laid and then a lighter colored exterior grout was applied. The tiles are almost smooth with the grout. And the grout doesn’t match the color of the mortar used on the brick border around the rest of the stoop. You could probably buy porcelain tiles in 12″ x 12″ squares and break them yourself.

  16. Wow – I am always slkeptical of products – but Krud Kutter seems to have delivered! I wonder id it works just as well on a grmy tile floor..
    Thanks for sharing this info

  17. Going back to the tiles…. would you know where you find tiles that are that thin? Also, they don’t look like they are set in grout, but rather just lying on the concrete (no doubt done when the concrete was still wet). Any help there?

  18. WOW Brittany! This is amazingly sparking clean! LOVE the before and after difference! Great work! THIS IS A MUST HAVE!

  19. It seems to be a perfect solution for an easy way of cleaning the whole house. Cleaning the house is always a tiring job. But I only wonder is this cleaner safe? Because I suppose that it contains quite a lot of different chemicals.

  20. Your house looks great, this stuff really works! Did you use it on your windows? Here in the Pacific Northwest, the rain “stains” the windows and having a two story house, I find it difficult to keep them clean.

  21. Finally found the Krud Kutter with the nozzle for the hose and used it this afternoon. This stuff was great. No excuses now not to do the paint touch ups now that the siding is clean. I have not cleaned the siding in, well, like forever. Can’t wait to wash the concrete patio next.

  22. Thanks for the info on Krud Kutter. Never heard of it until now but I have lots of crud! Just a quick suggestion, Vinyl Renu is another really great product that restores and protects siding. You might want to check it out and see if you could blog about it. Pretty sure they have a product for shutters too.

  23. Sharienne Weidner says:

    Good to know. I have been dreading the cleaning of our stucco. I chose it because of the low maintenance but, as I remind the hubby, low doesn’t mean no maintenance. I do have a question about the picture of the gutters, though. It appears that the security light was installed in a rather large hole that now is open. Is it screened to keep out squirrels or is it not into the overhead area? I wonder because a builder tried to tell me that all security lights are installed like that. I had nothing to refer to that said he was wrong so I left it and went back with a can of expanding foam to fill in when he finished. I’m a little jumpy about rodents because I know they can go through a lot of wood in a short time. They also can get through the teeniest spaces that look like nothing but a bug could get in (don’t even mention the potato beetle infestation that came in my bedroom through a “weather-proof” door…) I just wanted to know if that guy was blowing sunshine.
    Thanks,
    Shari

    • Shari, I actually had to go outside to look at our security light because that photo is deceiving. The gray is actually the junction box mounted to the outside underside of the soffit. What looks like a hole/rip is paint that was haphazardly painted around (and onto) the junction box. There should be no hole in your soffit or in the space between the light fixture and the junction box. In fact, that would be a fire hazard if birds could get in there and build a nest around the wiring. Good for you for listening to your instinct. You are right, and the installer is wrong.

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