Professional Orange County power washers would prefer you call them when the exterior of your home is in need of some TLC but they also understand that not everyone wants or can afford to hire them. As such there are many homeowners that take the DIY approach to power washing. While it’s certainly true that professionals produce results that are next to impossible to get with retail grade power washers and chemicals, homeowners can keep their home looking good through regular power washing and preserve and protect their home in the process.
There are a multitude of surfaces on and around a home that need to be thoroughly cleaned. These include walkways, patios, decks, garages, gutters, glass, and even those made of brick. An informed and prepared amateur power washer can do a great deal of good for his/her home.
Before we go over how to clean different areas, there are some safety issues to cover.
Eye Protection: The hard and extremely hot streams of water produced by power washing units can cause injury and quite easily too. Even the most experienced of professionals utilize some type of protective eye wear when operating their power washing units. The spray from a power washer can damage or even take an eye out in less than a mere second.
Ear Protection: The ears are another area of the head that needs protection from the pressurized water associated with power washing. Not only are power washers loud but their sprays knock debris loose and scatter it much in the same way an asteroid impact knocks earth high into the air. This debris can damage to the outer and inner ear so some type of earplug is always recommended.
Two Hands: Power washing wands should be held and controlled using two hands. You may have seen someone holding one in just one hand but this is always dangerous. Professionals may use a power washer with just one hand but only in scenarios that prohibit two handed use and even then it’s still a risk. You may become more comfortable with your unit as time passes but never become so comfortable that you believe the one handed approach to be ok.
Keep Your Distance: When power washing your home it’s important to keep your nozzle about 18 inches away from the surface you intend to clean. Doing so minimizes damage to your property as well as your body. Operating closer than 18 inches from a surface places more pressure on your home’s surfaces and the debris within. Exercise caution.
How To Clean Your Surfaces
With safety out of the way yet still firmly in mind we can move onto cleaning specific areas of your home. Before you power wash any area of your home you’ll want to ensure that you have the right approach, solutions, and nozzles at your side.
Wood decks and fences – Power washing can breathe new life and vibrancy into fences and decks made of wood. Professionals generally recommend that you utilize a gas powered power washer on these areas though an electric one work as well…although it will take you longer to finish. Moreover, you’ll want to use a green power washing nozzle here as the 25 degree spray will be hard enough to remove debris but delicate enough not to damage the wood in your deck and/or fence. Adding a wood sealer to your power washer will protect your deck and fence from damage and help them stay cleaner for longer periods of time. For even cleaning try not to let your spray linger in any spot for too long an use and up and down motion with your arm.
Concrete – Concrete endures a lot of abuse in a short amount of time. It also becomes home to stains and mildew fairly easily too. If you’re going to be cleaning the concrete on and around your home you’ll want to use a power washer that produces a high PSI. For most jobs the medium and heavy duty units will suffice and a yellow tipped nozzle should be procured for a more direct and harder stream of water. A stiff/strong scrubbing brush will help your power washer remove the most difficult of stains and don’t forget goggles and gloves for protection.
Siding – The siding of your home is a bit more delicate than it’s stucco and brick walls and so you’ll want to utilize a green or white nozzle when you set out to power wash your siding. You might also want to consider using a soap attachment for your nozzle as well as a stiff bristled brush for trouble areas. Any general exterior house cleaning solution should work on your siding too. As is the case with power washing any area of your home, start by removing loose pieces of siding and debris. This makes cleaning more effective and minimizes the risk of damage and injury.
Power washing is a highly effective way of cleaning your home’s exterior though it’s not always easy work. If you find yourself having trouble with your hardware or a particular area of the job be sure to reach out to a professional power washer. Even if you are insistent on completing the job yourself, the experts can point you in the right direction and be of great help.
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