Five Tips for Power Washing Your Home

Power washing is a great way to clean exterior areas of your home that might just need a little something extra in order to restore them to their original pristine condition. If you're considering power washing your home, here are a few tips to follow

  1. Safety First

When using a pressure washer, it's important to take proper precautions in order to remain as safe as possible. If you're using a gas-powered washer, be sure to keep the nozzle pointed down and wear proper eye protection. If using a small, electric-powered washer, be sure to be careful to keep the water pointed safely away from power cords and outlets. If you'll be using a ladder, be aware of the location of power lines and shut any outside power off at the source in order to prevent any harm from coming to you or others.

  1. Operating the Power Washer

Make sure all windows and doors are tightly closed before starting and be aware of the location of all electrical outlets in order to avoid getting them wet during the use of the power washer.

Generally, when washing house siding, you'll want to be approximately 10 inches away from the surface. You want to avoid directing the water towards any corners, gaps, or small openings, along with the underside of the siding as it may cause it to loosen or allow water to pool and cause a leak.

Remember that there can be some kick back from the pressure of a power washer. Start with low pressure and slowly build up to the desired strength, particularly if you're standing on a ladder as the force could cause you to lose your balance.

Start with a wide fan of around 15-25 degrees, and roughly 1500 dpi for pressure. Begin from the top and work your way down, holding the nozzle at an angle so the dirt will flow downward.

  1. Cleaning Solution

If using detergent, be sure that it's safe for the environment with a neutral pH balance. Work from the bottom up and let it rest on the surface for a few minutes. Begin rinsing from the top down, holding the nozzle at an angle to the surface of which you are washing. Do not allow the cleaning detergent to dry on the surface.

A weak bleach solution may be used prior to using the pressure washer in order to remove mildew before it has the chance to ruin siding, a deck or fence. Start with a small area and use a small quantity of bleach. Let it rest on the affected area for several minutes, then sponge off with clean water. If you have a larger problem with mildew, a stronger solution called, Iomax is available in some paint stores.

  1. Monitor Pressure to Avoid Damage

A wide fan can be used for a gentler spray pattern and is useful for windows or even patio furniture. Remember to begin with a lower water pressure, before slowly adjusting as needed. This will allow you a better opportunity to get the results you are seeking without damaging the surfaces of your home.

For more information about pressure washing or to schedule a pressure wash for your home, contact our offices in Joplin, MO. We look forward to working with you.

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Posted in Home_Improvement Post Date 11/15/2018


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