Maintaining a clean and inviting home is an important task for any mom. Moms are usually in charge of the inside of the house, while the dad is in charge of the exterior.  However, this doesn’t mean the roles can’t be reversed.  A time-saving and useful tool that can achieving a sparkling clean exterior is the pressure washer

Before using a pressure washer, it is important to know how to use one as well as where to use a pressure washing machine.  Here we’ll walk you through the steps of pressure washing your house so you can evaluate whether you want to do the pressure washing yourself or use a professional pressure washing service.

Why Pressure Washing Matters:

Pressure washing enhances the curb appeal of your home while protecting it from the damaging effects of mold, mildew, and dirt buildup. For any mom, a well-maintained exterior is a source of pride and many neighborhood HOAs require periodic pressure washings for homes.

Choosing the Right Pressure Washer:

Selecting the right pressure washer is essential. Opt for a machine with adjustable pressure settings to handle various surfaces around your home. Consider factors like power source, size, and portability to ensure it suits your home’s exterior needs.

Safety First:

Equip yourself with protective gear such as safety glasses, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Familiarize yourself with the pressure washer’s controls and safety features before starting.

Preparing Your Home:

Prepare your home by clearing the area, and removing any obstacles or delicate items. Cover plants and shrubs to protect them from the force of the water, and seal windows and doors to prevent water from entering your home.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Solution:

Specialized detergents exist for different surfaces, such as siding, decks, and driveways. Opt for eco-friendly options to ensure the safety of your family and the environment.

  • Chlorine Mixture – diluted sodium hypochlorite or chlorine helps deal with rust stains and since the chlorine mixture is diluted, it is safe for pets, but will kill the mildew and algae as well.  
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – A more environmentally friendly cleaner made from hydrogen peroxide can also be used; however, due to the cost, most professionals prefer carefully using the light Chlorine mixture. 
  • Oil Cleaners – Dish soap and water can be used on an oil stain, but this is not as effective as other oil removers designed specifically for oil spills that can be applied before you pressure wash.

Handling Specific Surfaces:

Different surfaces require different approaches. Pressure washing a roof requires less pressure than a driveway or deck.  Make sure you consult your pressure washer manual to know the correct setting to use for different surfaces.  If you do not have a manual, the manufacturer of the pressure washer usually has their manual available online.  

Technique Matters:

Mastering the proper technique is key to achieving optimal results. Start from the top and work your way down, moving in smooth, overlapping strokes. Maintain a safe distance from the surface to avoid damage and ensure even cleaning.

Rinse and Repeat:

We recommend rinsing the area first with a pressure washer, the applying the detergent, and rinsing the surface again with a pressure washer until the soap residue is removed. Take your time and ensure all soap residues are removed. 

Regular Maintenance:

Make pressure washing a part of your regular home maintenance routine. By doing so, you’ll prevent the buildup of grime and extend the lifespan of your home’s exterior. We recommend pressure washing the exterior every 12 months depending on your location and your surroundings.

Mastering the use of a pressure washer brings several benefits, like enhanced curb appeal and a healthier living environment.  However, due to lack of time, the cost of the tools and cleaner, the space it takes to store the materials, and knowledge, it might be better to leave it to a professional pressure washer company.