Pressure Washing – What You Need to Know

Pressure Washing

You’ve probably heard about pressure washing. You may have even considered hiring a professional to power wash your house or driveway, but weren’t sure if it was something you could do yourself or if you should have it done. 

Pressure washing takes some skill! Don’t get discouraged yet though! In this article, we’ll explain what pressure washing is and how it can help you with your home improvement project. We’ll also give you some pointers on trying to do it yourself.

What is pressure washing?

Pressure washing is the process of using a high-pressure sprayer to clean an object. The pressure washer is connected to a water source and a hose, which is connected to the sprayer. 

As you can imagine, this tool is quite useful for cleaning things like vehicles, building exteriors, concrete patios and more.

A pressure washer is an ideal tool to save you time and energy on demanding outdoor cleaning tasks

A pressure washer is a mechanical device that uses water pressure to clean surfaces. The goal of using a pressure washer is to remove dirt, grime and other contaminants from your home or business.

A professional contractor will use specialized equipment to apply the cleaning solution at high pressures in order to remove dirt from these areas. This process can be used on almost any surface around your home or business property

Common pressure washing purposes

Pressure washers can be used for a variety of purposes. They are commonly used to clean concrete, brick, siding, decks, patios, and walkways. They are also frequently employed to clean driveways and vehicle exteriors such as cars or trucks. 

Pressure washers are also effective at cleaning boats and other watercraft which need regular washing. Especially since they are exposed to salt water on a regular basis.

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Decks & patios

Decks and patios are excellent candidates for pressure washing. It’s not just because they’re generally larger than your average surface. They’re also flat, which is great for any cleaning method that uses water pressure to get things done.

Decks and patios can be cleaned using a pressure washer on their own. They’re often easier to clean when paired with a deck scrubber. This is a device that attaches directly to the end of your wand. The scrubber’s bristles help dislodge dirt from cracks between boards or tiles. This makes it easier for you to blast those surfaces clean without having to work at them manually with a brush or cloth first.

Sidewalks & driveways

If you are cleaning a large area, use a power washer. These are machines that can clean your sidewalk and driveway quickly. If you’re cleaning a small area, use a low-pressure setting and fan tip attachment on your wand. The fan tip will distribute the water over more of the surface than a normal spray would. It’s also gentler on surfaces like asphalt because it doesn’t create abrasive pressure points when you move your wand from one place to another. 

Avoid using detergent if possible—it can leave streaks behind if not completely rinsed away. Use as long of an extension cord as possible so that you don’t have to drag your extension cord around with you while moving through different areas of your backyard or front yard; this makes maneuvering easier and reduces wear-and-tear on the cord itself.

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House siding & roofing

If you’re looking to pressure wash your home, there are many options available. Pressure washers can be used on wood, vinyl, aluminum, and concrete—and if they have a high enough PSI rating they can also clean brick and stone. However, it’s important to know that pressure washers are not good for cleaning brick or stone without the use of soap or special additives in order to prevent damage to either surface.

If you want to strip paint from wood surfaces with a pressure washer then make sure that the machine’s minimum PSI will suffice for this task.

Concrete surfaces

Concrete surfaces require a slightly different approach than other types of surfaces. When pressure washing concrete, use a cleaner and rinse first. Once the concrete is clean, use a sealer to protect the surface from stains, salt damage and more for up to two years. 

Finally, if you need something stronger than just cleaning products but still don’t want to repaint your driveway or patio area with paint or stain—a power washer will do the trick.

Outdoor furniture

Pressure washing is a great way to clean outdoor furniture, decking and patios, concrete surfaces and vehicles. You can use a pressure washer to remove dust, dirt and mold from all of your patio furniture as well as the decking. 

This will allow sunlight to penetrate into the wood so that it doesn’t become brittle or break easily. Pressure washing also works wonders on concrete surfaces because it removes all traces of mold on the surface without damaging it in any way.

The pressure washer should be cleaned regularly with soap so that no debris accumulates around its nozzle or body; otherwise, this could cause blockages which may result in damage if they’re not cleared correctly the first time around!

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Vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, and recreational vehicles (RVs)

Pressure washing is a great way to clean and protect your vehicle. You should never pressure wash a car, truck, boat or recreational vehicle (RV) during cold weather unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have to wash your vehicle in cold conditions, use a low-temperature setting on the nozzle and do not allow the water to get too hot.

Pressure washers can be used safely on many types of vehicles as long as you use the correct nozzle and pressure settings that are recommended by the manufacturer for your specific model of car or truck. Begin washing at the top of your vehicle then move down towards any wheels or tires. Be sure to rinse off completely before moving onto another section of your vehicle.

The ProClean Team

As you can see, pressure washing is a great way to improve the look of your home. It’s not an easy task to do but it’s doable. The good news is you don’t have to do it yourself. We’ve got you. 

If you need pressure washing services, give us a call at (425) 238-1523. We would love to hear from you. 

We’ve been cleaning homes since 2009. We can clean your gutters, windows, roofs, decks, and more!

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