The Ultimate Guide to Affordable Pressure Washing
The first thing you should do before pressure washing is inspected your entire house or business for any cracks or holes in the surface against which you will be spraying. Spraying water at high pressure on surfaces with cracks will force water into those cracks, so it’s best to patch them up first. If your home already has some cracks, don’t fret! This affordable pressure washing guide will teach you how to make the best of a bad situation and still get phenomenal results from even poorly maintained surfaces – without spending a fortune!
Begin by power washing your house one section at a time, starting with the bottom and working your way up. Doing it this way will prevent you from endangering yourself or damaging surfaces above with water that has not yet been sprayed with high-pressure water. Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when operating any pressure wash.
To get the best results when using soap, always dilute the soap water mixture to 10% of what is recommended by the manufacturer on the bottle. Soap is meant to be used at full strength but mixing it with water before applying it will allow you to cover more surface area while still giving your surfaces that deep clean that only concentrated soap can provide – resulting in better-looking surfaces!
Inspect each section of your home or business carefully after spraying down with high-pressure soapy water and rinse off any remaining residue before moving on. Make sure to check every inch, especially if you are power washing exterior walls with paint because without proper rinsing they may peel! After the last section has been rinsed, you may turn the pressure down and rinse off any soap residue with just plain water to get that squeaky clean feeling again.
To ensure your siding will look brand new after you’re done power washing it, use a soft-bristled brush and scrub away any mildew or other stains while the surface is still wet with soapy water before rinsing. Afterward, inspecting each section carefully for streaks and missed areas and re-apply soap were necessary to get rid of all dirt and grime residues.
Be very careful when moving to the next step: cleaning your driveway and/or sidewalks! This is where you will need a solution of 50% muriatic acid and 50% water. Do not clean concrete with full-strength muriatic acid or it may crumble! With that bit of knowledge in hand, follow this simple procedure for best results: use an acid-safe sprayer, gently apply the mixture using small sprays while scrubbing away any paint stains, oil stains, rust spots, and other stubborn dirt. Rinse thoroughly with water before allowing units to dry naturally.
If you do not have a garden hose available, or you would simply rather save money by not running one to each unit, your next best option is a water pump sprayer like that of a weed-killer sprayer. To use this tool, simply run tap water into it while using its handle mechanism to pump out the mixture while spraying down your home or business. This may take more time but will definitely save you money versus renting or buying a traditional power washer!
Constant pressure is the key when it comes to pressure washing: too little and you will not be able to remove the dirt; too much and you could damage your home or business. Always start at low pressure and increase as needed after every section. Remember, power washing is like any other task: it requires some time and patience but can easily be done by anyone capable of lifting a few pounds!
With these tips, tricks, materials, and equipment lists you should have no problem pressure washing your home or business on any budget.
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