Seven Things Never to Do When Pressure Washing Your Home

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A dirty, drab exterior can make your house the neighborhood eyesore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With pressure washing, you can clean off dirt, grime, and mildew to help your siding, driveway, patio, and home look good as new. Pressure washing isn’t as easy as it seems, so we decided to share seven things that can harm your home and what you should do instead.

If you want to skip the lesson, our team at Activate Pressure Washing offers professional pressure washing. Let’s dive into the tips to help you pressure wash safely.

Seven Things Never to Do When Pressure Washing Your Home

Follow these power cleaning tips, and you should be all set! Or, save yourself the time and hassle by calling in a professional for pressure washing.

1. Ignore Safety Concerns

Always wear protective gear, including:

  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Long pants and long sleeves

Remove any unsecured items to a platform or surface. This includes loose plants, trash cans, furniture, toys—anything that could get hit by flying water and cause damage. Make sure you have a good understanding of the equipment usage instructions.

2. Start with High Pressure

Start your power washer at low pressure. If the cleaner still doesn’t cut through the grime, try increasing the pressure dial on your machine.

3. Begin Power Washing with a Tight Pattern

Work across an entire side of your house using wide strokes, then move on to the next section. Repeat the process on the entire exterior surface, remembering to keep the strokes wide and resist the urge to concentrate all the pressure on any one spot.

4. Aim the Pressure Washer Directly into a Corner

Spraying high-pressure water into a corner can cause bodily harm and create small dents on your home’s siding. Instead, clean each side of the corner by slowly running the nozzle down each side.

5. Use Only Water When Pressure Washing Your Home

You should be using a cleaning solution mixed with tap water to get the best results possible when cleaning your home. Combining cleaning solutions and tap water will make the task faster and more effective.

6. Ignore Electrical Hazards

Don’t forget about the electrical hazards. It’s essential to check these things regularly—especially if you have kids or pets who might accidentally get in the way. Look for loose connections or electrical boxes, and avoid wetting them and their surrounding areas.

7. Clean Windows First

It’s best to wait until after you’ve finished pressure cleaning the exterior to clean windows. That way, if you get any soap or grime on them while cleaning, they’ll be free of dirt and debris, so you won’t have to spend as much time cleaning them.

Get Professional Pressure Washing Services Today!

Activate Pressure Washing provides power washing for customers in the Austin area. With our pressure washing services and attention to detail, you can expect the highest quality results. Call us at 512-696-5770 to schedule pressure washing, today.

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