As the snow starts to melt and the weather gets warmer, many people take the opportunity to do some outdoor home maintenance. People often look for resources and information regarding outdoor work in the spring more than any other time of year.
Some home renovation projects may seem daunting. Setting aside an entire weekend to tackle a job might be necessary, so it’s best to go into a project with the proper knowledge to get it done correctly. Our accompanying resource covers all of the items that can be easily cleaned with a power washer, a task that typically takes less time and energy than cleaning items by hand.
Helpful Tips Before Starting the Job
Many companies offer their services to wash tough stains, but they may charge a hefty fee. The good news is that power washing equipment can be rented from many home improvement stores. Before you begin, here are some tips to make sure you make the best use of your power washer:
1. Know the difference between power washing and pressure washing. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. Power washers are typically used for heavy duty cleaning on areas such as the driveway, garage floors and brick exteriors. Pressure washers are usually used on softer surfaces such as wood, siding and tile.
2. Be cautious of cleaning products. In the same way you wouldn’t use laundry detergent to mop the floors, remember that there are residential versus commercial soaps, chemicals and cleaning solutions. Each surface requires a different chemical to prevent damage and erosion on paint and materials.
3. Do some research on cleanable surfaces. Don’t underestimate the force and intensity of highly pressurized water rockets. Some exteriors can’t handle the jets, including laminar sandstone, paint, asphalt roofing, stained wood and old pieces (such as furniture, decks, wood buildings, etc.).
4. Make safety a priority. Just as pressure washing can damage property, it also presents a danger to humans. The water can shoot up to a of force. Wear protective gear, never aim the nozzle at another person, stay away from electrical outlets, and start at a low setting, working up to the desired force.
5. Consider the seasons. Many people save their washing for spring cleaning, though fall is also a good time to get the job done. However, power washing too close to winter might make the water freeze and expand, which can damage the property. Check the weather beforehand to make sure freezing temperatures won’t strike.
For the average DIY enthusiasts, power washing is usually a step up from a hose and scrubber. Though it could take some time to learn the ropes, the payoff could save you money and headaches down the road. If it’s your first time using a high-pressure machine, it’s important to become familiar with the equipment first. No two machines work the same, nor should they be used at the same frequency and pressure for every surface.
Power washing is the preferred method for many people to clean and restore surfaces in and outside the house. For detailed information on how to clean specific items, check out our resource.
AUTHOR BIO: Debisree Saha is Senior Marketing Strategist at SIMPSON, a leading manufacturer of electric and gas pressure washers. She has 10 years of experience in the industry and focuses on marketing strategy and execution.