SPRING CLEANING – THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME
Tips on Pressure Washing
Spring cleaning the inside of your home is a yearly “given”, but what about giving the outside of your home a thorough sprucing up, as well? Pressure washers are an ideal tool that you can use yourself, but with caution. Here are some helpful hints to make your home sparkle!
WHAT TO PRESSURE WASH
Not all home surfaces can be treated equally. For example, you might think that brick would be able to handle any amount of pressure, but it can get damaged. Extremely high pressure can also damage wood and other softer materials. Be aware that some stains simply won’t come out, and cranking up the pressure can cause damage. Water pressure can only do so much. Oil spots on an unsealed driveway is not likely to come up, no matter what you do.
CLEANERS AND DETERGENTS
By adding detergent to the reservoir on the pressure washer you can loosen extremely stubborn dirt, and expedite the task. Keep the following in mind:
- Only use a cleaner made for pressure washers.
- Only use cleaners intended for the type of surface you’re cleaning. There are cleaners for specific applications for example, siding, decks, and masonry surfaces.
- Pre-spray with a mold or mildew product where mold and mildew are present, and follow the directions precisely.
- To clean a driveway quicker and more effectively, use a chemical recommended for the job.
Before starting your project, look around for items and things that may need to be protected from the pressure of the water stream and any chemical runoff, like cars and plants. You can do this by covering them beforehand, or rinsing them with water before, during and after the process washing. And don’t forget to protect yourself by wearing gloves, goggles and any other additional protective attire, especially when using chemicals and detergents that can be harmful to the skin and eyes.
Lastly, assess your need. If your home has only a light layer of dirt or dust, a pressure washing machine can be overkill. This type of grime can be easily cleaned with a garden hose.