Pressure washing makes a fast and satisfying work of blowing away gunk. From stripping old paint to cleaning walkways, nothing beats the unbridled power of pressure washing machines.
It’s common to get carried away, and assume that you can pressure wash everything around your home. But that is not always the case. A pressurized stream of water can damage wood, paint, nick, stones and cause injuries.
In this post, we explore five areas of the home that need pressure washing and why.
Decks made from hardwoods like Tigerwood, Camaru and Ipe can withstand high pressure just fine. Also, decks made from pressure treated wood can be pressure washed. However, begin with a low-pressure nozzle since pressure treated wood are pretty soft.
Another strategy is to check the type of nozzle recommended by your deck manufacturer, and the distance to keep.
Your deck is the place where you host visitors and relax. With time, it changes in appearance as elements take a toll on it. Pressure cleaning your deck keep it beautiful, safe, prolongs lifespan and healthy.
2. Concrete Driveway and Walkway
Concrete can hold up to a powerful pressure cleaning without any major concern over etching. Usually, a finer nozzle is more effective at cleaning grease stains. But for concrete covered by mold, deploy lower pressure and coat the surface in suds when starting.
Pressure cleaning walkways and driveways can get rid of mold, small plants, weed and other difficult to clean debris. To get rid of stubborn debris without leaving lines, a pressure washing wand with a focused nozzle can be ideal.
Vinyl and fiber siding can withstand pressure washing without causing damages. The same cannot apply for aluminum siding as it can dent. As such, professional cleaners start on the lowest pressure setting using a broad nozzle. Concentrated blasts are also ideal for stubborn spots.
Wood clapboard siding can also be pressure washed. However, if your home was constructed before 1978, it’s advisable to have the exterior paint tested first. If old lead paint breaks loose, it will accumulate in your soil and never biodegrade since lead is a heavy metal.
4. Garage Floor
Garages get ingested with bugs and pests during fall. And during summer, the garage gets oil stains, dried leaves and cobwebs. A high-quality pressure washer can restore your garage floor to its perfect state. But it’s not all cakes and ale. A lot of preparation goes into disinfecting and keeping it safe for cleaning.
Power washing bathroom tiles is harmless and safe since tiles are strong. In fact, pressure washing can reduce cleaning time from about 1 hour to 10 minutes.
Grout is stubborn to cleaning, especially in the bathroom. Fortunately, a pressure washer can remove any dirt leaving your bathroom sparkling. Sometimes, bleach with soap or multi-surface cleaner may be applied to remove dirt before cleaning.
Pressure washers are powerful machines that need proper handling and care. The machines can dislodge and send items flying, create moisture and humidify bathrooms, destroy surfaces and cause injuries. Therefore, it is prudent to hire the services of a professional pressure washing company for power washing.