The Dos and Don’ts of Exterior Power Washing
Power washing the exterior of your home can help to improve its curb appeal and protect it from the elements. But there are a few things you should keep in mind before you get started. Here are the dos and don’ts of exterior power washing.
Do remove accessories:
Before you start power washing, it’s best to move or cover any items that you don’t want to get wet. This includes colorful patio furniture, garden sculptures, and even potted plants.
Don’t use a pressure washer on wood decks:
Consider hiring a professional for this particular task as the high-powered spray from a pressure washer can damage or even destroy wood decks.
Do use the proper spray nozzle:
For best results, consider using a pistol-grip spray nozzle that you hold in one hand while operating with the other. This allows for better control when washing siding, window screens, and gutters cleaning.
Don’t wash the house on your own:
If your home is large or you don’t have much experience doing power washes, hiring a professional to do the job is best. But before you hire anyone, make sure they are trained in power washing techniques and have insurance to protect both you and them.
Don’t forget about downspouts and drains:
Before beginning any exterior cleaning project, be sure to inspect downspouts in order to prevent clogs that can lead to water damage. Also, make sure drains are clear of debris before you start the power wash.
Do check your siding for cracks and breaks:
If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, consider hiring an experienced contractor to inspect the exterior. They will be able to identify problems with siding, windows, and other factors so repairs can be made prior to listing.
Don’t use commercial-grade pressure washer detergents:
Powdered cleaners may work fine on driveways but they can damage vinyl siding, stone or brick exteriors which require soft-soap mixtures instead. It’s also important that any soap mixture is thoroughly rinsed or it can leave behind stains.
Do be safe when you power wash:
Even the most routine tasks can become dangerous if not done properly. Because of this, always wear safety goggles when you’re washing your home to protect yourself against debris and high-pressure spray. Also, make sure extensions cords are safely plugged in prior to starting the power washer.
Don’t forget about plants near the house exterior:
It’s easy to get caught up in removing dirt from hard surfaces but it’s important not to forget about plants around the side of your house. If you don’t properly wash them down, soap residue can harm vegetation so consider rinsing with a hose first before spraying any cleaner on plants.
And finally… Remember that patience is key. You may not be able to complete the entire exterior in one day so it’s best to divide the project into sections and take frequent breaks. By following these dos and don’ts, you’ll get beautiful results every time!
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