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Things You Should Know Before Using Pressure Washing Techniques

Pressure washing is a technique of cleaning a surface accumulated with dirt that is impossible to remove. It is a very effective method and has many applications to it. Water is sprayed under high pressure to remove dust, grime, mold, algae, loose paint, and even chewing gum. Power washing is another word for the pressure washing but is a slightly different process. Buildings, masonry, fences, concrete surfaces, and some vehicles use this cleaning technique. In power washing, hot water is sprayed on the surface, unlike power washing. 

1. Know when to Pressure Wash and Power Wash

Heated water cleans the surface better than power washing. Some surfaces even use some chemicals added to the water to clean it. These materials include citric acid, baking soda, and commercial washing soaps, sanitizers, and detergents. It is appealing to do an ideal steam cleaning of your driveway, deck, or house. It takes off any stubborn dirt and other materials off your wall. But for brick, concrete, or masonry, it is not the right choice. Power washing can get harsh with those surfaces, and all the commercial power washing soaps come with a price. Using pressure washing is best for surfaces like these with the help of the right cleaning solutions. 

2. Know The Difference Between Professional As Well As Residential Cleaning Solutions

They are all not the same. You should be able to differentiate between cleaners used in power washing and pressure washing. Industrial pressure washing and power washing uses mainly four types of chemicals. They remove dirt, kill, and disinfectant all the organisms within 30 minutes of washing. Each surface requires different techniques. These are the nozzle size, pressure, and chemicals needed. Use premixed cleaners if you are not a professional who knows the required chemicals. If you do not choose the right technique, you will end up damaging your property. For driveways, wood, and concrete, soaps used are also different. Consult a pro and choose the right cleaner needed for your purpose.

3. Know when and What to Wash

It is not safe to pressure wash every surface of your house. These are some areas that you should not pressure wash. 

  • Asphalt Roofing: It can take the granules of the asphalt roof and destroy it if you pressure wash or power wash it. 
  • Old Surface: Old furniture, wood building, deck, etc. do not require pressure wash as they may disintegrate, unable to withstand this power. 
  • Stained Wood: If you want the stain from the wood to come off, you can go ahead and do that. But if you want the wood stained, you have to restain the wood after drying it. 
  • Painted Surfaces: It needs a professional to wash a painted surface as the paint may get destroyed in the process. Only a pro will know how to do it carefully. 
  • Laminar Sandstone: It is a very soft material to pressure wash. You can do an ordinary wash to clean it. 

4. Size of the Area to be Cleaned

In power washing, a deep cleaning happens. In a vast area, it is always suggested to use a power wash technique as it is more effective. If the area has mildew, weeds, moss, or salt, power washing is the best option unless the surface is a sensitive one. 

5. Be on the Safe Side

A small stream of water may not sound like a harmful thing. It is a dangerous thing. It comes out in a 2000 pounds of force and can inflict a wound on your body. 

  1. Do not spray the pressure wash on an electric outlet. Secure them before washing. 
  2. Use safety glasses and face shield
  3. Hire a commercial pressure washing company


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