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Your home is often your most valuable material possession and largest investment. It’s also the place you can relax and enjoy being around family and friends. How do you keep it looking great year after year? Pressure washers are one of the most popular, time saving and useful tools to arrive recently to help you with this sometimes daunting project. Follow along to learn how to properly pressure clean your home.
Closely follow all safety procedures outlined in your owners manual. NEVER point the pressure washer gun at anyone! Please keep all children away from the project you are about to clean- pressure washers are powerful tools than can cut into the skin as easily as they remove dirt from stubborn job. Wear all safety equipment outlined in your owner’s manual, including eye and hearing protection. As always Apex Unlimited, LLC does not assume any liability for the use of any pressure washers.
As with any project, first get a feel for your pressure washer, learning how it works and getting a feel for working with the force of pressure against you. It may seem like many of the instructions tell you not to do this or that when using your pressure washer, but knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Quite frankly, it can mean the difference between quickly and easily finish your project and ruined siding on your home or even a trip to the hospital. The power of pressure washers should be respected and used correctly. Always have both hands on the gun-its safer and you have much better control.
House Pressure Washing Do’s and Don’ts
We’ll start with the Don'ts…
Do Not… use a ladder when pressure washing. If you are on a ladder and pull the trigger to your pressure washer gun, the force can easily knock you off, resulting in possible serious injury to you.
Do Not… put bleach through your pressure washer- it will damage the pump and other parts.
Now the Do’s…
Do… cover any outlets before pressure washing and avoid lights while pressure washing.
Do… wear eye and hearing protection
Do… expect to get wet and dirty (wear old work clothes)
First Steps in Pressure Washing Your Home
Before you do anything, take a walk around your home, carefully noting all areas, but especially really dirty areas. Also take not of areas that have mold or mildew on them.
Go back to moldy, mildewed areas and spray bleach or a recommended mildewicide on them.
House Pressure Washing Techniques
After setting up your pressure washer, begin by spraying a pressure washer recommended house detergent on a section of your home. It’s best to clean your home in sections, first spraying on the detergent, leaving it on per the manufacturer’s directions, spraying it off moving to the section and moving to the next section. Note: Keep in mind that bleach and some house cleaning detergents can kill plants. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for protection of any foliage around your home. Apply the detergent, working from the bottom to the top. Do not let the house cleaning detergent sit on the siding of your home for more than the recommended time (often its 5-10 minutes).
After you have applied the house cleaning detergent, rinse it of starting at the top and working down. Continue until all the detergent has been rinsed off from the section you’re working on. Be sure to keep the tip of the pressure washer gun a few feet away from the surface of your siding-the power of your pressure washer can dent, tear or blow off siding if used incorrectly. Never use a 0 degree tip when cleaning your home, it can cause much damage to your siding. When rinsing, keep the tip of the gun in motion at all times moving back and forth and never stopping in one place. Always use caution around exterior lights and windows they can break under the force of water pressure. Also be mindful of attic, soffit, bathroom and laundry room exterior vents. Flooding these areas with high pressure water can lead to water getting inside your home.
By following both the do’s and don’t of this pressure cleaning project, you’ll keep your home looking great for years to come!