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7 Things to Know Before You Power Wash Anything

Jun 30

Power washing, also known as pressure washing Bend Oregon, is the process of using water to clean surfaces. This includes concrete and asphalt surfaces, driveways and patios, and surfaces like fences, buildings, fences, and masonry. Although the terms "power washing", "pressure washing" are sometimes used interchangeably, they are two distinct processes. Both processes use high-pressure water to clean surfaces. However, power washing uses a heating element to heat water while pressure washing does the opposite.

Heating water is better than any other cleaning method. You should not wash certain items with chemicals like vinegar, citric acid, baking soda, or commercial power washing soaps. These are seven things to remember before you pressure wash anything in your home.

One: When to Power Wash vs Pressure Wash

It is appealing to have your house, deck, driveway, or other household items steam cleaned. A high-pressure hose can blast hot water through stubborn dirt and stains. It's not the best option for brick, concrete, or mortar. There is a cost to all that cleaning power. These surfaces can be extremely hard to clean with power washing. Instead, use a pressure washer that contains the appropriate cleaner.

Power Washer--The Heavy-Duty Option

  • Large areas such as extra-long driveways or large driveways can be used
  • You can use it where there is extreme dirt, grease, and moss. It can loosen stuck-on dirt from outside just as hot water can clean dishes and floors better that cold water. It kills mold and moss and stops their rapid return.
  • Power washers can be used on hard surfaces that are resistant to heat and pressure.

Pressure Washer – Safer for Surfaces Option

  • You can use it for small patios, decks, or driveway areas
  • You can use them for soft surfaces like siding, wood decks, and tiled areas
  • You can use it in areas such as brick, concrete, or masonry.

Two: Learn the differences between professional and residential detergents, soaps, and chemicals, as well as cleaning solutions

There are many cleaning products on the market. Knowing the differences between cleaners can make a big difference in cleaning or destroying the items you are power/pressure washing. There are four types if chemicals that can be used in pressure washers/power washers. These chemicals are labeled according to their intended use and the surface they will be used on. Cleaning agents remove dirt and sanitizers kill 99.999% of bacteria within 30 seconds. Disinfectants kill all organisms in under 30 minutes.

Each surface you clean is unique. Every surface is different and requires different cleaning techniques. Premixed cleaners are best for specific surfaces. Krudkutter is for siding and houses, and Krudkutter is for decks and fences. There are soaps that work best on concrete, wood, and driveways. You should ensure that you use the correct cleaner for what you are cleaning. While you can clean most surfaces with water and a power washer, hot water and soap will do the job better.

Three: What to Wash and What Not to Wash

Some surfaces around your home cannot be safely pressure or power washed. You should not power or pressure wash these surfaces:

  • Laminar Sandstone - You can wash it away or make grooves in the surface. It is too soft to wash with pressure or power.
  • Anything painted - Although you can wash painted items, it is best to hire a professional who will not damage the paint.
  • Asphalt roofing – Power washing or pressure washing can remove asphalt roof granules and virtually destroy them.
  • Any old thing, no matter how old - Furniture, decks and wood buildings, as well as furniture, are all acceptable. Dry rot may be present that will break down under pressure washing. A pressure wash can cause even the best wood to become soft and unusable.
  • Staining wood - Power washing or pressure can remove the stain from wood. If this is what you desire, then go for it. However, if the stain remains, you will need to re-stain it once it has dried.

Four: Consider the area to be cleaned and the type of surface

The primary difference between these two methods is the heat. It's important that you consider the area you will be cleaning as well as the surface. Hot water has the advantage of being more efficient than unheated water. Heating water is better for cleaning larger areas. A power washer is a better choice if the area to be cleaned has lots of salt, mildew, or weeds.

Five: What is the difference between home and commercial power washers?

Renting a commercial power washer is a better option than purchasing or renting a home unit. This will allow you to clean large areas more efficiently. Hire a professional. Untrained homeowners can damage or leave cleaning lines that mar the appearance of your item, regardless of whether it is a commercial or home unit. It is possible to also cause damage to the power washer and even injure someone.

Six - Power washing and pressure washing can be dangerous.

Although it may not seem that a thin stream of water could cause harm to people, it is quite dangerous. It can be pushed out from the end of the wand with up to 2,000 pounds force. You can send concrete and stone chips ricocheting at someone else with the force of a bullet. When power washing/pressure washing, here are some things to remember:

  • Never spray a pressure washer or power washer near a water source. Before spraying, cover or secure all electrical outlets and water sources.
  • Do not spray a pressure washer or power washer at someone else. It can cause serious injury or even death.
  • Spraying requires safety glasses, goggles, or even a complete face shield.
  • For some applications, close range can be great. However, you should keep at least 5-6 feet from the surface to which you are cleaning to observe how the spray reacts.
  • Before spraying windows or other soft surfaces, start with the lowest setting.
  • Begin at the top of a vertical surface and work your way down to ensure that your dirty water doesn't splash over areas.
  • First spray the cleaning solution or chemical on the surface. Let it soak for five to ten minutes and then rinse off with clean water. Do not allow the cleaning solution dry on the surface. It will simply re-instate the dirt that was removed initially. To keep the cleaning solution moist and wet, spray it with an ordinary garden hose.
  • Depending on how large the area is, what it needs to be cleaned, and your resources it may be better to hire a commercial power washer company to clean your house, driveway, or deck.
  • Ask the clerk or shop to show you how to use the unit, not just to explain it to you.
  • Use the right nozzle for your job. The 0-degree nozzle is the most difficult to spray. It's best for hard stains, dirt, algae, mud, or clumps. The 40-degree nozzle is wide and best used for siding, patios, decks, decks, etc.

Seven: Take into account the time of year

The fall and spring are the best times to power/pressure wash. Check the weather forecast if you have a few warm days. It's fine to pour water into cracks or crevices in warm and cool weather. However, if you expect freezing temperatures within a few days/weeks of pressure/washing, be aware that water can freeze and expand and cause damage to what you have cleaned. Before you wash, make sure the temperature doesn't fall below freezing

The power/pressure washer is a great tool to clean your home. However, you should be cautious if you have never used one before.


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