The Dos and Don’ts of Pressure Washing Siding

Pressure washing is a great way to clean the exterior of your home, but it’s important to do it safely. Here are the dos and don’ts of pressure washing siding.


  1. Read the owner’s manual for your pressure washer before using it.
  2. Use a pressure washer with adjustable pressure.
  3. Start at the bottom of your siding and work your way up.
  4. Use a wide, sweeping motion.

    Pressure Washing Siding
    Before and After Pressure Washing Siding
  5. Wash your siding on a cloudy day to avoid damaging it with the sun’s rays.
  6. Test the pressure washer on an inconspicuous area of your siding first to make sure it’s not too high.
  7. Hold the pressure washer at a 45 degree angle when washing.
  8. Use a detergent specifically made for pressure washers.
  9. Start at the top of your siding and work your way down.
  10. Rinse your siding thoroughly after washing.
  11. Inspect your siding for any damage after washing and repair as necessary.
  12. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional before pressure washing your siding.


  1. -Use a pressure washer without first testing it on an inconspicuous area of your siding.
  2. -Wash your siding in direct sunlight, as this can damage the material.
  3. -Hold the pressure washer too close to your siding, as this can also damage it.
  4. -Use a detergent that is not made for pressure washers, as this can damage your siding or leave streaks.
  5. -Start at the bottom of your siding and work your way up, as this can cause water and detergent to run behind the siding and cause
  6. -Pressure wash your siding if it’s already damaged. This will only make the damage worse.
  7. -Stand too close to your siding when washing, as this can also damage it.
  8. -Use a pressure washer with a tip that is narrower than the width of your siding, as this can damage it.
  9. -Stand too close to your siding when washing, as this can also damage it.
  10. -Forget to rinse off your siding after washing it. This will remove any soap residue and prevent streaking.
  11. -Pressure wash your siding more than once a year. This can damage the material.

If you have pressure washed your home’s exterior, it is important to follow up with some maintenance in order to keep it clean.

Pressure Washing Siding
Pressure Washing Siding

Here are some tips for keeping your siding clean:

  1. Use a garden hose to spray off any loose dirt or debris.
  2. If you have any stains or spots that are difficult to remove, you can use a mild detergent and a soft brush to clean them.
  3. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  4. Inspect your siding regularly for any signs of wear or damage. If you see any cracks or holes, seal them with caulk or repair them as soon as possible.
  5. If you live in an area with a lot of trees, you may need to pressure wash your siding more frequently in order to prevent staining.
  6. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help prolong the life of your siding and keep it looking its best.

Red Door Pro Wash – Fredericksburg
19 Baron Park Rd Suite 105, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
(540) 732-7737

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