Top Tips for Home Power Washing
Power washing is a fairly simple process, but there are many factors that can make or break the power washing experience. Here are some tips to consider before you start your next home power washing project!
Consider what type of pressure washer to use
There are two main types of pressure washers- electric vs gas-powered. Both have their pros and cons, but regardless of which one you choose, it’s important to choose the appropriate PSI for the job. For example, if you’re trying to remove paint from brick or concrete surfaces, then you don’t want an electric pressure washer; those will only push water across the surface without actually removing anything.
Determine the best time to power wash your home
Avoid doing power washing during periods of high heat or extreme cold. That will only cause the water pressure to increase, which can be harmful to you and your home’s exterior! Generally speaking, warmer weather is better for these types of projects. Even if it’s overcast outside, consider scheduling your project for later in the day when the sun has gone down a bit- that’ll keep water pressures lower because there isn’t as much direct sunlight to keep up with.
Choose an appropriate length of the nozzle to use
Nozzles are important because they help determine how narrow or wide the spray is. If you’re having trouble choosing one, consider this: A wider spray will cover more area in less time, but you’ll lose pressure as it begins to widen outward. You need the pressure to blast away tough dirt and grime! Generally speaking, a 0-degrees nozzle (also known as a 40-degree fan tip) is best for tougher jobs like decks and patios; look for an adjustable one that goes all the way up to 100 degrees (or really close to it).
Pick the right soap water to use
If you’re using a gas-powered pressure washer, then add some dish soap into the mix! This will help loosen up tougher dirt and grime that your power washing alone cannot do alone. It’s also a good idea to avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals when possible because they can potentially damage surfaces or remove paint over time. If you want a thorough cleaning, consider a great degreaser beforehand- this is an especially popular choice in restaurants and kitchens!
Keep the nozzle moving
Nozzles are useful for both increasing pressure AND reducing it; try to move from one spot on your home’s exterior to another than standing in one place. This helps avoid streaking and drips, which can result in less-than-satisfactory results. You’ll also get a more even, thorough cleaning that way.
Keep the hose straight
While you’re moving from one spot in your home to another with the nozzle, keep the hose either parallel or perpendicular to the surface of your home. This is for safety purposes: if there’s too much pressure behind it and it’s not held up properly by you, then it could potentially break free and send water flying everywhere! There aren’t many risks if you don’t point it directly at any people or animals nearby.
Protect yourself from high-pressure water exposure
It goes without saying that power washers are powerful tools- so don’t underestimate their power! Even when the nozzle is cut down to reduce the pressure, high-powered water can still hurt you or your loved ones if it’s sprayed in your direction. Keep bystanders away and wear goggles and proper protective equipment during usage at all times.
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