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Things to Consider Before Power Washing

Things to Consider Before Power Washing

Thorough cleaning is a great way to maintain your home's appearance and value. Power washing uses high-pressure water to remove dirt, grime, and other buildups from surfaces. Here are a few things to consider before power washing your home.

1. Know When to Power Wash vs. Pressure Wash

A power washer is a heavy-duty option for outdoor cleaning projects. It is ideal for removing stubborn dirt, grime, and mold from more challenging surfaces like concrete driveways, sidewalks, and decks. Pressure washing can be used on more delicate surfaces like siding and windows. It is safer for surfaces that could be damaged by the hot stream of water from a power washer. Softer surfaces like wood decks, siding, and tiled roofs only require pressure washing.

2. Know the Difference Between Residential and Professional Detergents, Soaps, Chemicals, and Cleaning Solutions

When you're power washing your home, it's essential to use the correct type of cleaning solution for the job. You may be tempted to use a garden hose and some dish soap, but this is not recommended. Residential power washers are not as strong as professional ones and using the wrong type of cleaning solution can damage your machine. Many different types of detergents, soaps, chemicals, and cleaners are specifically designed for power washing. Be sure to read the labels carefully to find one that is compatible with your machine and will get the job done right. Pressure washing your home with the wrong cleaning solution can void the warranty on your machine. If you're unsure which cleaning solution to use, it's best to consult a professional.

3. Know What to Wash and What Not to Wash

Some surfaces should never be power washed. These include painted surfaces, stucco, brick, stone, and other surfaces that the high-pressure stream of water could damage. The hot water from a power washer can also damage laminar sandstone, asphalt roofing, and certain types of siding.

4. Consider the Size of the Area to Be Cleaned as well as the Type of Surface

Heated water is better for larger and tougher surfaces, like concrete driveways and sidewalks. The hot water will penetrate deep into the surface's pores to loosen and remove stubborn dirt and grime. Pressure washing is a better option if you're cleaning a smaller area or a more delicate surface, like siding or windows. If the area has a lot of salt, mildew, moss, or weeds, the best choice is a combination of power washing and chemical cleaning.

5. Learn the Difference Between Commercial and Home Power Washers

If you're planning to do a lot of power washing, it may be worth investing in a commercial-grade machine. Commercial power washers are more powerful and can handle tougher cleaning jobs. They're also built to last longer and can be used more frequently than home power washers. ​ Home power washers are less expensive but aren't as durable or robust as their commercial counterparts.

6. Be Safe

Power washing is dangerous if you're not careful. The high-pressure stream of water from the machine can cause serious injury if it hits you in the wrong spot. Point the nozzle away from your body, and keep your fingers clear of the trigger. Wear protective clothing, like gloves, goggles, and closed-toe shoes, to avoid injuries. Never leave the power washer unattended while it's running; be sure to turn it off completely when you're done using it.

The best time to power wash your home is in the spring or fall when the temperature is mild. Wilson's Power Washing & Sealing is here to help if you need power washing service providers. They have the experience and expertise to get the job done right first, no matter what time of year. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

By Wilson's Power Washing and Sealing 8-5-2022

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