Power washing or pressure washing can give your house a thorough clean-up. A high-velocity water spray is used to clean dirt from the exterior of the house. Many people power wash their home before painting or re-painting their home. When you apply new paint on a clean surface, it will last for a long time.
5 tips for power washing your home
According to the professional power washing experts, you should keep certain things in mind when you decide to do power washing yourself.
1. Choose the proper tool
You should consider water flow in gallons per minute. For example, a 5 GPM machine will clean better than a 4GPM machine. You should also make sure that your washer is able to dispense cleaning product as well. You should also remember that different housing materials have the ability to withstand different levels of water pressures. The range of the spray power is from 1,200 to 3,000 pounds per square inch (psi). If your housing material is soft, like if it’s soft-grain wood or aluminium, then you need 1,200 to 1,500 psi model. If the surface is vinyl then you can use a more powerful model what has 2,500 to 3,000 psi. Select a pressure washer that has a detergent dispenser if you plan to use a cleaning solution.
2. Consider safety
If you operate the machine incorrectly, then you might get injured. It can also damage your home; for example, it may take off the paint from the walls. You must wear eye and ear protection, gloves, boots, etc. before pressure washing. Before activating the sprayer make sure nobody is near the direction of the nozzle. You should cover up your car and plants so that the chemical or water from the power washer cannot damage them.
3. Don’t overdo it
You don’t need the highest pressure setting always. It is better to select a low setting when cleaning the house. Some machines also have interchangeable nozzles that help to regulate the pressure.
4. Know your washer’s limits
You should know what your machine is capable of. Some stains won’t come off with some machines. If you try too hard then it may cause damage. You should leave out stains that are impossible to wash. For example, rust, fertilizer and acorn stains are very difficult to remove.
5. Start washing from the top
You should start washing your home from the top and then slowly go down. You should first spray roof overhangs, gutters, etc. You should move the spray side to side. Then move downwards.
If you find it difficult to power wash yourself then you should call a professional. It is a risky job, so unless you have some experience of you feel confident about yourself, don’t do it.