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The Do’s and Don’ts of Pressure Washing

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Pressure washing is an extremely effective and powerful tool for exterior cleaning. But, their power can cause them to leave behind more harm than good if they aren’t used properly. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to do pressure washing correctly before proceeding.

Keep reading for our top power washing advice when it comes to cleaning your home’s exterior.

A Guide on How To Pressure Wash Correctly

DO Take Some Time To Prep

If you don’t have an adequate water supply, your power washer won’t be as efficient as you’re expecting. Make sure you test your hose’s water flow by timing how long it takes to fill a five-gallon bucket. You want to make sure it takes two minutes or less to fill the bucket. Next, clean out the pressure washers’ inlets and check to make sure all connections are secure when attached to the hose or accessory.

DON’T Underestimate the Pressure Washer’s Power

There’s a reason it’s called a power washer — it’s an extremely powerful tool! Keep yourself and your home safe by wearing safety goggles, making sure you grip the wand tightly to avoid recoil when the pressure kicks in, and start on the lowest pressure setting. It’s a good idea to work in sweeping motions to ensure you are never concentrating the tool’s power in one place for a long time, which can lead to damage. Also, make sure you never aim the nozzle towards people, pets, and your beautiful garden.

Do Master the Proper Washing Technique

Mastering the perfect power washing technique will take some trial and error, but you will find that you can remove caked-on gunk a lot easier if it’s soaked beforehand. Grab some detergent and wet from the bottom-up with sweeping horizontal strokes in order to prevent streaking. To rinse, you’ll want to do the opposite and work from the top down.

Hiring Experts to Pressure Wash for you 

We hope our power washing advice has been helpful. But, if you have any more questions or would rather leave the power washing to the pros, count on Umbrella Property Services. We are more than just an exterior cleaning service; we can deliver health and safety checks, downspout checks, and condition inspections for your gutters and home exterior. When choosing a service to take care of your property, look for a company that offers a range of services that are backed with experience you can trust.

Ready to book? Contact us for a quote and let us take care of pressure washing for you. 

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