What You Need to Know About Pressure Washing
If you are a home or business owner considering high pressure washing of your home or business, there are a few important things to consider and understand before attempting this type of cleaning. In this article we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about pressure washing.
Pressure cleaning is a common service that many home, property, or business owners try on themselves rather than hiring a professional pressure cleaning company or contractor. However, if you are not prepared for it, it will most likely turn out to be a big mistake as it is consuming too much of your precious time that it is probably better to invest in something else. Also, because the results you are likely to get are far less good than if you were to hire a company that specializes in doing things like this every day of the year. The biggest problem that could result is damage to your property, house, or building. Damage that could be permanent without expensive replacement costs.
The Basics to Pressure Washing
Identify the stains you want to remove (sodium hydrochloride aka bleach is great for mold, mildew, and algae. Degreasers should be used for oil and grease stains in driveways).
Identify the substrate you want to clean (some substrates, like concrete, can withstand a lot more pressure, while brick and sandstone are much more sensitive and can only withstand low pressure)
Make sure you use the right high-pressure cleaning accessories when cleaning (many high-pressure cleaners you have bought yourself are not suitable for large cleaning areas, such as houses or driveways. Nozzles and lances are suitable for making work easier)
Keep in mind that pressurized water alone is not enough, and you need to find the right detergents to get the job done at the highest level (as with any cleaning process, water alone can’t do much. You need chemicals or detergents to get the job done).
Wear suitable personal protective equipment (ear protection, waterproof clothing, hat, gloves, boots. Wear breathing apparatus when working with chemicals)
Make sure the sewage does not go down the drains and pollute the environment (most areas are banned from high pressure cleaning sewage and there are significant fines).
Make sure plants and gardens are not exposed to excessive chemical spraying or flooding (an inexperienced contractor could easily kill plants or small shrubs or trees during a high-pressure wash. Make sure your garden is protected)
Start washing from the top. It should start from the top and go down. That way, the dirt flows down, and you don’t have to come and go to make sure all the dirt has been removed. Washing from above helps save time and energy.
However, you should be aware that after cleaning the outside walls of your home, dirt, grime, and debris will end up on your porch or patio. Therefore, you should also clean this area. Start near the wall and gradually push all the earth into your garden.
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