Outdoor Pressure Washing
No matter what kind of material your home exterior is made up of – hardie plank, bricks, wood, stones or vinyl siding, at some point in time, it will require some kind of maintenance. It will require a thorough cleaning at some point as well. In fact, it does not really matter whether your home is new or not, all homes require some extent of cleaning job sooner or later.
When the time comes, you will have to make a decision – either you will do the cleaning yourself or you will hire a professional pressure washer/pressure cleaning contractor to do the cleaning for you. To tell you the truth, the price of hiring a licensed cleaner to professionally clean and wash your home exterior has never been more affordable than now, and with winter just lurking around the corner, the prices of these cleaning services may continue to go down even more. However, for those who would like to know how to clean their home exterior by themselves using their own trusty pressure washer, then check out the tips shared below.
This is a detailed step-by-step guide to pressure washing/cleaning your home exterior. In truth, it is not a really difficult thing to accomplish, but you still have to be very vigilant at all times and you need to pay full attention to what you are doing. It is absolutely easy for most homeowners to pressure wash/clean their home exterior by themselves. However, keep in mind that in your own home, you can still encounter dangers that are waiting to happen should you keep your guard down. Therefore, when you are using your pressure washer, you must completely devote your attention to the cleaning task(s) you are doing.
Below are very valuable tips that can help you clean your home using pressure washer.
Before you actually start pressure washing/cleaning your home exterior, do take some time to walk around your home and see if you have any broken windows, missing boards or insulation that needs replacing in order to avoid accidental spraying of water into your home. Water damage can become your worst nightmare, even at low pressure spraying (1000-1500 psi). Moreover, if your pressure washer can produce water pressure of up to 3000 PSI, everything that is fragile will certainly be damaged. Thus, before you start, ensure that everything is in place and that there are no openings which can become a passageway for water to enter inside your home.
In addition, secure all plants and greenery from water damage and also protect them from any chemicals that you might be using too. Of course, keep in mind that before you start pressure washing/cleaning the exterior of your home, do keep all pets out of harm’s way and in a safe, secure and dry place until you are done with the cleaning job. Don’t forget to tell your children and other members of the family as well that you will be doing some pressure washing so they will know when to keep out from where you are cleaning. Safety is always the number one priority when you are pressure washing the exterior of your home. Of course, pressure washing your home can be a fun activity when it is done properly and cautiously, but when done inappropriately and carelessly, a pressure washer can become a very fatal weapon that can damage or destroy anything (or anyone), so do keep in mind the be extremely careful when operating one.
After safety and security has been checked out from your list, the next thing to do is to remember to follow all instructions and directions that the manufacturer of the pressure washer has recommended. In simpler terms, follow their guidelines on how to properly operate the pressure washer. Read every word in the manual and do not dismiss the other points laid out in it, as any instructions you have failed to read on the manual may very well cost you big time. You should very well know the good things and the bad things that can happen when you use a pressure washer. Also, as a primary precaution, ensure that you do not put the fuel can very close to the pressure washer when it is running.
Most pressure washer contractors like to clean the traditional way. However, there are some expert pressure washer contractors who use a double combination method to definitely knock the dirt out. The first step is to make a mixture of water and sodium hypochlorite (otherwise known as bleach). In some areas, you may very well deal with mold and mildew throughout the year that can certainly damage your home if left unchecked. If definitely left unchecked, you will about to experience the horror of black/green mold and mildew that can turn any beautiful home into unsightly and old structures.
After a thorough application of water and bleach solution on the house, allow about 10 to 15 minutes to pass before you begin the second step of the double combination method. If you see some fungi that smell terribly bad, use a pump sprayer and apply undiluted bleach directly onto the surfaces throughout your house. Repeat the application if the fungus looks very thick and deep set. Again, allow the bleach some time to do its work before you go to the next step. When the bleach has changed the color of the mold and mildew from dark to light, apply a separate treatment and a product that is specially formulated to kill mold. This is the only way on how to effectively kill stubborn mold and mildew in your home.
After allowing the bleach ample time to kill the mold and mildew, apply a citrus base cleaner which has a pH level of 12. When it comes to pH levels, 12 is the strongest of all. A certain product called Limonene is one perfect example for a cleaner having a pH of 12 – and this is the second step in the double combination method. Most expert pressure washer contractors regard this as their secret weapon in combating hard-to-remove molds and mildew as well as other grime and stains that may cling to the surfaces of the exterior of your home.
Pressure washing your home is not very hard to do and you do not have to be some kind of genius to be able to get the job done, but you do need some common sense and practical ideas in order to reach a safe ending and achieve a beautiful cleaning job that you can certainly be proud of.