To scrub and wash away dirt, grime, mold, stains and all kinds of crud from the exterior of your home, pressure washing is an optimal solution. Not every surface of the exterior of your home is safely power washed, though there are more options when taking advantage of trained professional services. There are some materials that should not be exposed to water, where others cannot withstand the high pressure. Where some can be soft washed, examples include outdoor electrical outlets, and despite being waterproofed, the blast from the pressurized water can open and blow the protective rubber seal off. Below, we at Reston Power Washing would like to share the safest exterior surfaces of your home that when pressure washed correctly, can be safely cleaned with this method.
How to Clean Exterior Brick & Concrete
Brick and concrete are strong and water resistant and one of the top materials that benefit most from pressure cleaning. It is not a detriment if you round out a corner or blow away a chipped piece, though professional takes care not to cause damage. Power washing can blast away mold very nicely as mold tends to grow on these low-lying elements. DIY brick or concrete power washing should take care not to spray in-ground electrical elements in addition to using caution that any draining system you may have might need assistance with efficient draining after you finish spraying.
Cleaning Exterior Painted Wood & Other Surfaces
It is common that people are hesitant to power wash any largely painted exterior surface. If the paint is in good condition (there is no chipping, bubbling, and peeling), pressure washing can and should be done. Use a low pressure setting if you do it yourself to avoid damage. On the other hand, if the paint is old and your intentions is to repaint or refinish, pressure washing can make the removal more efficient.
Best Exterior Wood Cleaning Solution
Wood that is being prepped for staining can be easily pressure washed. Unless you intend on refinishing, any soft or treated wood should not be cleaned through pressure washing. A power washing can be a good first step to improving it in the event you have a very rough surface that you are not terribly concerned about but want to clean, such as an old barn or fence for example. Revitalizing old surface can have a breath of life with refinishing and pressure washing in the process. Loose chips of paint, however, can prove hazardous to plants, pets, and children so be careful.
Cleaning Vinyl Siding with Pressure Washer
A material that really benefits from pressure washing, is vinyl as it is a strong and waterproof material. Using consistent motion, wash vinyl siding from the top down. Do not spray directly around the door casing and windows in addition to into the soffits or the lower edges of the panels. Making it easy to get water under it if you hit it at the wrong angle, the vinyl, though tough, is also light and pliant.