Cleaning your house with a pressure washer may seem like the perfect solution for getting your home clean in a hurry, but it can also lead to serious damage if you’re not careful. Here are some tips for cleaning your house with a pressure washer without damaging it.
1. Don’t Focus On One Spot for Too Long
Don’t aim at your siding for more than 10 seconds at a time. When cleaning using the power of a stream of water from a pressure washer, it is easy to unintentionally damage or strip paint from wood, concrete, vinyl siding, and other materials used in outdoor surfaces. If this starts happening, simply turn off the power washer and allow things to dry out for several hours before trying again – aiming at less than half-pressure usually helps as well.
2. Start at the Top and Work Your Way Down
Start on your roof with a light spray of cleaner, then work your way down to areas that can become dirty quickly. This is especially important when it comes to vinyl siding. If you’re not careful, you’ll have soap residue from upper windows getting washed into lower ones, so be patient and work in sections for best results. If you go the other way around, working your way up, you can potentially ruin the good paint you just put on by removing it with water.
3. Don’t Forget Windows
Don’t forget to clean your windows – they may seem like a surface that doesn’t need cleaning, but if you neglect them, things will get grimy fast. Most pressure washers have a special nozzle for this purpose – make sure you use one if necessary because high-pressure water can damage glass surfaces if pointed directly at them. This is important also because it can be easy to get soap residue on your windows if you accidentally wash them at the same time as siding or other surfaces. Just make sure to use a softer setting when dealing with windows and anything made of glass.
4. Always Test in an Unseen Area First
Always test your power washer on a surface that is not visible to ensure that it will not damage or strip paint from the material before beginning a major cleaning project of a whole house, porch, patio, etc. Don’t assume anything – if you’re going to pressure wash your home’s exterior, check every possibility first. For example, warped or splintered wood can get worse when exposed to water, so always make sure there is adequate protection over it before using any high-pressure equipment on it. If necessary, use drop cloths or other covers to make sure you don’t accidentally do more harm than good when getting your house clean with a power washer.
These are just some of the most important points to remember when using a power washer on your home or another construction project. There are many experts out there who can help you learn how to get things done without causing damage, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you feel uncertain about anything involving the use of pressure washers – it’s better than making costly mistakes that could have been prevented with simple consultation!
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