The outside of your home is exposed to the elements of the weather as well as other exterior conditions. Dirt and debris collected on the external surfaces of your home will not only make your property look dirty, old and unkempt but can also accelerate wear and tear of the home’s surfaces. Cleaning the exterior surfaces is therefore important not just for aesthetics but also for maintaining these surfaces. One of the easiest ways to clean the exterior of your home is through pressure washing house services.
It should be noted that exterior pressure washing of a home should be approached with great care. Using power wash home machines releasing water at high pressure can cause damage to some surfaces. It can result in water being sent into the walls of the house where it will cause damage to the insulation and also result in mold infestations. Water damage can result in extensive damage requiring expensive repairs.
However, this doesn’t mean that pressure washing cleaning can’t be used on a home. You simply need to do it right. Below we provide guidance on how to pressure wash a house.
Preparing for Pressure Washing
It is important to prepare before exterior pressure washing. Prepare the surfaces and the area to be cleaned. If there are plants near the surfaces that will be cleaned, these should be covered. This will help to protect them from being affected by any detergent or soap that will be used. It will also protect them from being covered with dirty water. Fittings and fixtures such as lights and vents should also be covered. This will prevent water from entering any gaps and causing damage. It is also important to keep the area clear of furniture and other objects.
Using a Pressure Washer Safely
If you want to use a pressure washer to clean the house, you must bear certain safety precautions in mind.
- Wear the right protective gear. This includes eye protection and ear protection. You should also wear non-slip shoes to avoid slipping on wet and slippery surfaces.
- Choose the right pressure washer for the job. You can use either an electric pressure washer or a gas powered pressure washer.
- Use the right detergent for the job. Choose a detergent that will not cause damage to exterior surfaces.
- Select the right nozzle for the pressure washer. The nozzle will affect how water is concentrated to create a water stream. For example a 0 degree spray nozzle will create a small but powerful stream of water.
For safe exterior pressure washing, consider hiring professionals to clean your home for you. An experienced professional will know what precautions to take to protect your home’s surfaces. Hiring a professional will also reduce your risk of injury.
Cleaning with a Pressure Washer
Cleaning with pressure involves pressing the button and directing water to the surfaces being cleaned. you should start by standing at least four feet from the surface and move in slowly in order to achieve the desired effect. Work on small areas at a time and work from the bottom up to avoid streaks. Use overlapping strokes. When rinsing work from the top down.
Pressure Washing Different Exterior Types
- Brick and mortar
Choose the right cleaning products for these surfaces. Be careful not to wash the joints or chipped spots with high pressure water. If there are cracks, these should be repaired prior to washing.
Siding such as wood, vinyl and aluminum are fragile. You should lower the pressure to wash these surfaces. The pressure should even be lower if they are painted in order to avoid washing off the paint.
Repairs must be done prior to washing. Low to medium pressure should be used in cleaning these walls. You should also avoid placing the nozzle too close to the wall.
Pressure Washing Gutters
Check the gutters to ensure that they are attached firmly. Use low pressure to spray the dirt away. Avoid spraying the dirt onto the wall. Be careful to avoid spaces between the roof.
We can Help You
Do you need to clean your home? Crystal Clean A1 Window services offers pressure washing in San Luis Obispo services. Get in touch with us now to schedule your cleaning.