You've decided to take on a DIY house cleaning project and you've rented a power washing machine. Now what?
Using a power washer seems simple enough when you watch a professional power washing service complete a driveway or roof cleaning service. But there are a few costly mistakes that you want to avoid.
Without the proper power washer techniques, you run the risk of damaging the surfaces you're trying to clean which could end up costing serious cash to repair.
So before you get your project started, read up on these common power washing mistakes to avoid.
1. Using Too Much Pressure
The pressure of your power washer has to be just right to get the results you want. And the amount of pressure you want to use also depends on what surface you want to clean.
If you are using a pressure washer on your driveway you can generally use more pressure than on the siding of your house or on your deck.
If you use too much pressure on the siding of your house you could put a hole in the vinyl or splinter the wood. So when you're washing the side of your house be sure to start with low pressure. You also need to stand back from the surface you are cleaning to avoid the pressure getting too strong.
2. Using Only Water
If you wash your dishes or your clothes with just water, they won't get as clean. The same principle applies to your outdoor surfaces. Pressure washers use water and a cleaning solution to remove built-up dust, dirt, mold, and other unwanted substances.
By using only water you're not guaranteed to have a clean surface and you'll likely need to power wash it more often. Also, you run the risk of leaving power washing streaks on the surface.
Not only does using a cleaning solution clean off the surface now, power washing a surface can help keep it resistant to the elements.
3. Not Planning Ahead
A good power washing job starts with the roof (provided that the roof surface is safe to power wash). You need to have a plan ahead of time to be efficient and prevent debris or dirt from just moving from one place to another.
If you're not feeling confident in your ability to make and follow your pressure washing plan, consider hiring a professional service to do the work for you.
Power Washing Mistakes To Avoid
Now you know exactly which power washing mistakes to avoid. Always have a plan and know your machine and the surface you're cleaning before starting the project.
And if you're not sure about safely and effectively executing the power washing yourself, there are affordable, experienced services out there to help you!
If you want to learn more about residential or commercial power washing services check out our website or contact us today for an estimate.