Wall-to-wall power washing is all the rage among homeowners seeking quick and efficient methods of cleaning. With professional assistance, pressure washing your home exteriors, siding, deck, and driveway makes for a tremendous weight off your shoulders—and it saves you on chemical cleaners and equipment.
However, not every layperson will know how to match a specific piece of equipment to a particular surface. If you’re performing a DIY power wash or hiring a contract without the appropriate training, you can do far more damage to your property than help it. Here is what you should look out for.
Too Much Water Pressure
As its title suggests, pressure washing your home involves subjecting surfaces to powerful streams of water. If your siding is particularly fragile, incorporating too much stress can chip off paint or worse—chunks of your property! Soft power washing is more forgiving on wood decking.
Water to Cleaner—What Ratio?
Some DIY pressure washers will mistakenly load their machine with water alone. Without a spritz of the appropriate cleaning agent, your power wash will be significantly less productive.
Water-only mixtures also tend to exacerbate and spread any existing mold spores. If you’ve never had to eliminate a mold problem, they can end up costing an arm and a leg.
Tips for DIY Power Washing
If you’re new to power washing, we don’t recommend you go it on your own. However, some individuals are proud handypeople—and you shouldn’t shortchange yourself for wanting to take on the task head-on. If you’re embarking on your first DIY power washing project, consider the following tips.
For first-time pressure washers, you’ll never want to revert into old cleaning habits. Pressure washers take up half the time you’d spend manually scrubbing your walls—but do it wrong, and you put your property at risk of damage.
Play it safe by enlisting residential power washing services from Kingwood All Star Window and Power Washing Services. From concrete and brick to masonry, we’re well-equipped to handle all types of homes and provide the best service possible. Get in touch with us in Kingwood today!