Tips for Effective Power Washing

Power-washing a house, patio, or deck isn’t exactly rocket science. And yet a few simple mistakes not only can ruin a project but cause serious damage. To ensure your next project delivers great results, avoid these common mistakes.

Too Much Pressure

Using too much pressure can splinter wood, scratch concrete, and put a hole in vinyl siding. Adjust the pressure on the power washer and stand an appropriate distance away from the surface before you begin washing.

Water Only

Unless your goal is simply to rinse a surface, you’ll likely need a chemical cleanser or detergent. Select on appropriate cleanser for the job and follow product instructions for best results.

Ignoring Landscaping

To ensure that the detergent or cleanser you’re using doesn’t burn plants, protect the area with a tarp before power washing. If the cleaning product is plant friendly, simply wet down garden beds and foliage to ensure they don’t dry out in the process.

Painted Surfaces

Painted surfaces that are old or regularly exposed to hours of sunlight might not fare well against a power washer, even at a gentle setting. Ask an expert for advice.

Washing Mold-Prone Surfaces

Fabric, upholstery, and even drywall that cannot dry thoroughly before developing mold should not be saturated with water, including a power wash.

Not Following the Top-To-Bottom Rule

If you’re power washing your entire home, start at the top and work your way down. But be careful when washing your roof as certain materials, like asphalt shingles, may not be able to hold up against high water pressure. Move down the exterior, to the patio or porch, and finally the windows so that run off from one area doesn’t make the rest dirty again.

In Hot Water

While commercial contractors will use hot water to get a faster, better clean in industrial applications, residential exteriors are typically not strong enough to withstand hot-water power washing.

Ignoring Use Instructions

If you’re not familiar with the equipment and how to use it, you’re practically inviting trouble. When renting a power washer, get a proper demonstration. If you have your own, and even if you’ve used it before, and never hurts to take a second look at operating instructions.

The home remodeling and handyman team at Pann Home Services can help you with almost any exterior project – including power washing, direct repair, deck and patio building, and much more. Call today to schedule service or request a free project estimate.