Spring cleaning the exterior of your home and property can really take a lot of time and toil. Outdoor furniture, paths, and decks can benefit from pressure washing to get that hard-to-remove dirt, grease, oil, mold, pollen, and stains caused by spilled beverages and food. Pressure washing is also known as power washing because it uses the power of pressurized water and a cleaning solution to remove years of built-up dirt.
The flow and force of the water can be adjusted by changing the nozzle to get either a light jet stream or one that is full of power. If you’re not familiar with using power washing equipment, it is suggested that you contact a professional pressure washing company to prevent damaging your home’s siding, windows, screens, vegetation, and soft surfaces such as outdoor furniture.
Here are 5 things you should consider pressure washing for your next outdoor spring cleaning projects.
1. Patio furniture
Sure, you can soft wash outdoor furniture if you know how to use the right pressure (typically a 40 degree, gentle spray nozzle). Plastic or wooden chairs, lounge cushions, picnic table benches, and patio tables can become caked with dirt, grime, and mildew stains. Making these items look fresh, new, and beautiful is easy work for the light flow nozzle and some non-toxic cleaning solution.
2. Concrete driveway and sidewalks
Power through oil, grease, and gasoline stains with a power washer equipped with a forceful 25-degree nozzle. The only time you must be careful on concrete or asphalt surfaces is when the material is crumbling or cracking. If this is the case, you must be extra careful, or better yet, patch these areas before you power wash and allow them to dry completely.
3. Outdoor garbage cans
Make light work of this filthy task using a medium force nozzle spray and a disinfecting detergent. Start with a 40-gauge nozzle to prevent damaging your plastic or metal cans. If needed, you can always use a higher pressure nozzle to get rid of smelly stains that can be even more intense during the spring and summer months.
4. Roof and gutters
Consider using professional pressure washing services to reach these high problem areas. Roofs and gutters collect sticks, leaves, and other debris throughout the year. Spring is a great time to renew the look of your roofline and protect your foundation from damage due to clogged gutters. Shingle roofs, clay, or wood shakes can be damaged if power washing is not done correctly.
5. Wood deck and fencing
Before you roll out the grill, power away last year’s food and beverage stains starting with a low-pressure soap nozzle. Don’t forget to prep by removing outdoor furniture, plants, and light fixtures before you start. Also, sweep away any garbage or dirt that can end up being forced into the wood’s surface grain. Choose a detergent that is recommended for your deck’s wood grain and always be aware of where you’re directing the pressure washer spray.
All these spring cleaning tasks can be accomplished with a pressure washing company like Griff’s Power Washing Services. We use the latest in power washing technology in Maryland residential and business communities.