Power washers are a marvelous invention, but that power can be a double edged sword if you don’t know how to use it properly. Having a professional power washer come to your home can save you the need to fix mistakes. Because pressure washers use beams of water at high pressures to operate, these powerful tools can sometimes be too much for delicate surfaces, especially when you don’t know how to use a power washer.
But with the experience of a professional power washer on your side, power washing can be used for many areas around your home. Looking at different areas before having them power washed and doing your research on whether or not it’s recommended can save you the headache of having to potentially fix damage later on.
Deck or Patio
In most cases, power washing a deck or patio isn’t a problem, regardless of what your deck is built with. It’s recommended that you have your deck power washed before you do any maintenance to help get rid of dirt buildup and oil. Doing this allows you to see the areas where your deck finishing has worn through more easily. If you’re having your deck’s finishing redone from scratch, pressure washing will help so the old coat of finishing can easily be sanded away.
Can Windows Be Pressure Washed?
The great thing about pressure washing is that there are different power cleaning machines with different cleaning nozzles for varying levels of water pressure while cleaning. Because of this experienced power cleaning professionals can even clean windows with pressure washing machines! This helps a lot for keeping storefronts and other areas where there are a lot of windows clean.
Power Cleaning the Roof
When it comes to your roof, pressure washing can be the easiest way to clean away mold and mildew without having to risk your safety by getting up there and scrubbing everything yourself. However, it’s best to be careful about getting your roof pressure washed, especially if your roof is still brand new. In some cases having your roof pressure washed can cause you to lose the warranty on your roof.
This is because some roof tiles have granules that easily get blasted away by a powerful pressure washer. With a professional power washer on the job, this shouldn’t be a problem, however, it’s still best to learn about your roof warranty, as power cleaning companies won’t accept responsibility if you lose your roof’s warranty due to pressure washing it.
Pressure Washing Driveways and Pavements
Driveway, pavements and parking lots are ideal places to power wash. Your only other alternative for these areas is getting down on your knees and scrubbing them, which is very arduous and even impossible if the area you want to clean is too big. Areas like the bricks around your pool are also great areas to power clean. The great thing about pressure washing is that it can easily clean away any kind of dirt, including oil stains, mold, mildew, paint, buildup and more.
Walls and Fences
Walls and fences can easily be pressure washed. However, if your paint is already chipping off before pressure washing and you’re concerned that having these areas power cleaned will worsen the problem, it’s best to postpone pressure washing till you’ve redone the paint job. Any areas of your paint job that are starting to chip off will spread more with pressure washing.
The benefit of this is that, much like with the decks, pressure washing an area you want to repaint will help to clean away both dirt and chipping paint before repainting, which makes the process easier.
The good news is that pressure washing won’t harm the paint on your walls unless it isn’t already chipping off, so if you want your newly painted home to look fresh and bright again, pressure washing it is the ideal thing to do.
You can have your outdoor furniture, statues and even moldy bird baths or ornamental boulders in your garden pressure washed. Pressure washing is diverse, so this shouldn’t be a problem at all. In fact, if you look around your garden, you might even spot other things that can do with a good wash.
Pressure Washing Safety
If you want to pressure wash walkways and parts of your yard that border your garden, pressure washing can be a problem. That’s because some detergents used during the pressure washing process can be harmful to your plants. You want your garden to look good, that’s why you pressure wash it, after all. But dying plants would be a sore eye instead.
To help with this problem, you could request that areas close to your plants be pressure washed with only water. While clean water might not be as effective as detergent to keep mold and mildew under control for long, it’s still good enough to clean away any dirt in your garden without harming your plants. Alternatively, you could ask your power cleaning company to use biodegradable detergents that are safer for plants, although that usually still isn’t as plant friendly as using clean water.
If you would like to freshen up your home, Treasure Coast Power Washing can help. Our team of professional power washers has all the equipment and expertise to clean any area around your home or commercial property.