Why Should You Pressure Wash Your Home?

Pressure washing is a quick and efficient way to blast accumulated dirt from your exterior. This is a convenient option for those who do not want to climb on a ladder and scrub off grime in hard-to-reach places. All of the scrubbing work is done for you by a steady and strong stream of water. 

Summer is perhaps the best time of year to tackle this project, since autumn might get your home dirty again quickly with falling leaves. 

A Word of Caution

If your home was built before 1978, think twice about pressure washing. This is because homes from this era and earlier may contain lead paint. If you aren’t sure if your home has lead paint, there are test kits to help you find out. According to CBS News, lead poisoning rates are on the rise, especially in children. So be careful before you pressure wash.

Pressure Washer Safety 101:

Whether you’re a novice or a pressure washing pro, safety always comes first. The first rule of pressure washing is to follow safety instructions in the manual. You’ll want to follow general guidelines such as: 

• Do not use gasoline-powered pressure washers without proper ventilation

• Wear specific eye protection that’s determined by the manufacturer 

• Wear ear plugs or other hearing protection if you’re operating a gas-powered pressure washer

• Direct exhaust away from windows and doors

• If your pressure washer is electric, keep the cord dry and off the ground. Never touch the plug with wet hands.

• Never point the spray gun at people, pets, or power supplies. 

Getting Started

Whether you’re pressure washing your siding or your deck, be sure to cover nearby plants and power outlets. Sweep away loose debris on your deck and soap down heavy grime on your siding to help knock it loose. You’ll also need to close any open windows and doors.

Furthermore, pay attention to the direction that the wind is blowing, and always use the recommended spray tip and pattern for the particular job. 

Think Twice on Spraying Vinyl Siding

Pressure washing vinyl siding can cause damage. It may blow a hole in the siding or even damage the coloring. Before you decide to pressure wash vinyl, contact the manufacture and ask questions. Keep in mind that moving forward with this project may void your warranty. 

If you’re unsure on how to pressure wash your home, contact a professional to get the job done for you. If you have questions on how to care for your exterior such as windows, siding, and doors, contact Universal Windows Direct today.