From dirt and dust to grass clippings, dead bugs, and bird poop, washing your home's exterior will be important. In some cases, you may consider using a standard garden hose to wash off the debris. However, a more involved cleaning using a pressure washer will be necessary at some point in time. With this guide, you will learn a few mistakes that should be avoided when pressure washing your house.
1. Haphazard Washing
Unless you have all the time in the world and want to spend the majority of this time washing and rewashing your home, you need to follow a basic pressure washing routine. Many homeowners tend to start right in front of them, washing off the siding on one part of the home. To pressure wash your home in the most effective and efficient way, start at the top of your home and work your way down.
Basically, the roof should be the first place to start washing off your home. Then, start washing off the exterior siding, your porch, doors, and windows. Finally, finish off your pressure washing by with flat surfaces around your home, such as a deck, patio, and driveway. By washing in a more streamlined, organized manner, you can reduce the risk of rewashing.
2. Using Excessive Pressure
Another mistake you need to avoid is using too much pressure when washing your home. Most experts recommend basing the PSI, or pounds per square inch of water pressure, on the building materials you are washing. For example, an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 PSI is best for soft-grain wood siding, stucco, and aluminum. Using a higher amount of water pressure could loosen, warp, or damage the siding. To wash a brick, stone, vinyl, or steel surface, a higher amount of pressure can be used. Choose a pressure washer that uses between 2,500 and 3,000 PSI for the most effective and safest cleaning.
3. Relying on Water and Pressure Only
Light dirt, dust, grass clippings, and other residues can be removed using water and pressure from your pressure washer. However, there are instances where an actual cleaning solution should be used. If you have stubborn debris or a buildup of mold, mildew, or algae growth, you will need a stronger cleaning solution. Bleach is a common option because it is strong enough to kill mold and algae. Unfortunately, bleach can also damage surrounding landscaping.
If you are choosing to use bleach, be sure to cover any shrubs and plants planted near your home's exterior. Or, opt for a non-toxic solution, such as a combination of vinegar and water, which can clean off stubborn residue and kill mold without harming your plants. For more information, contact a company like Clean America.