Pressure washing should be part of every homeowner’s maintenance routine. The home exterior is exposed to harsh elements such as acid rain, ultraviolet rays, smoke, and pollutants. These elements end up soling, discoloring, and damaging the exterior of the house.
Pressure washing is the most efficient way to clean the exterior of your house, thus safeguarding your investment and improving your curb appeal.
Benefits of pressure washing
- Pressure washing prevents damage
- Saves money on repair and maintenance
- Pressure washing is Eco friendly
- Protects home occupants’ health
- Primes surfaces for refinishing
- Increases real estate property value
- Pressure washing saves time
- Restores the attractiveness of the house
Surfaces you can pressure wash
Wood deck and fence
Dirt, dust, and debris diminish the appeal of the deck. Use the pressure washer at a low setting so it doesn’t harm the surface, depending on the type of wood. Decks made from hardwood can withstand the power. Decks made from yellow pine are soft, and therefore the nozzle shouldn’t be too close to the wood surface.
An attractive fence improves the home’s curb appeal. A longstanding fence would have collected algae and mud over the years, thus losing its attractiveness. Pressure washing can take years off your fence. Use a low setting on softer wood to avoid wood splintering. If the fence has a lot of mud, use a detergent first before pressure washing.
The house siding is exposed to mildew growth and dulling. This makes the sliding appear dingy. Siding is made up of either vinyl, aluminum, or wood. Vinyl siding can withstand pressure washing. Aluminum siding can dent, so it’s advisable to use a low-pressure setting with a broad nozzle. Use low pressure when pressure washing wood to avoid the paint from chipping off.
Prevent water from getting trapped between the siding and the home sheathing to avoid mold growth.
Concrete driveways and walkways
Vehicle fluids, muddy shoes, and dust will leave the driveway dirty. This will in the long run, weaken the surface. Start pressure washing the concrete driveway to get rid of the accumulated dirt. Concrete can readily withstand the power of pressure washing without etching.
A high-pressure stream of water is used to clean concrete. A fine nozzle is more effective in cleaning grease stains. Pretreat the concrete surface with a degreaser if it has heavy oil stains. Use a low-pressure setting for concrete surfaces with mold.
Outdoor furniture and Cushions
Furniture kept outdoors for a long time is bound to look a little rough. Most plastic, mesh, and wood patio furniture can be pressure washed. Place the furniture on level ground away from windows. Clean the furniture working from top to bottom. Start the washing in an inconspicuous spot to avoid damaging the surface.
Heavy-duty fabrics are pressure washed too. Place them on a stable, slightly high surface and use a low setting. Lay them in the sun to dry.
The garage floor is filled with spots of oil and dirt that have built up over the years. Give the floor a fresh look by using a pressure washer at a low setting to degrease it first. Switch to a higher setting to rinse off the degreasing solution.
Safety tips when using a pressure washer
- Use eye protection as the water under high pressure could chip off bits of wood into the eyes.
- Use heavy-duty boots because water may strip through some shoes, thus injuring one’s feet.
- Wear protective gloves that are hard to get off.
- Use a heavy-duty extension cord to avoid water coming into contact with electricity.
- Never point the spray nozzle to another person or animal to prevent injuries from accidental discharge.
Pressure washing is vital in taking good care of your home. There are many jobs a pressure washer can do from cleaning decks to washing a car. Grab a pressure washer and give your home’s curb appeal back.