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Pressure washing tips for homeowners #2

Pressure washing is a game-changer when it comes to revitalizing the exterior of your home. Whether you’re tackling stubborn stains on your driveway, removing mold and mildew from siding, or refreshing your deck for summer entertaining, pressure washing can make quick work of even the toughest cleaning tasks. In this blog post, we’ll share some essential tips to help homeowners make the most of their pressure washing endeavors and achieve outstanding results.

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1. Choose the Right Equipment

Investing in the right pressure washer for your needs is crucial to achieving optimal results. Consider factors such as pressure level (measured in pounds per square inch or PSI) and flow rate (measured in gallons per minute or GPM) when selecting a pressure washer. For most home cleaning tasks, a medium-duty electric pressure washer with a PSI of 1500-2000 and a GPM of 1.5-2.0 should suffice.

2. Use the Correct Nozzle

Pressure washers come with a variety of nozzles, each designed for specific cleaning tasks. For general cleaning, start with a 25-degree nozzle, which offers a good balance of pressure and coverage. Use a narrower nozzle (15 or 0 degrees) for stubborn stains or a wider nozzle (40 degrees) for delicate surfaces.

3. Test Before You Wash

Before diving into a full-scale pressure washing project, it’s essential to test the equipment on a small, inconspicuous area to gauge its effectiveness and ensure it won’t damage the surface. This is especially important for delicate surfaces like wood or painted siding, which may be susceptible to damage from high-pressure water jets.

4. Use the Right Cleaning Solutions

In many cases, water alone may not be enough to tackle stubborn stains or mildew growth. Consider using a specialized cleaning solution formulated for pressure washers to enhance cleaning power and efficiency. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and dilution ratios when using cleaning solutions.

5. Work from the Top Down

When pressure washing vertical surfaces like siding or fences, always start at the top and work your way down to prevent streaking and ensure even coverage. This allows gravity to work in your favor, carrying dirt and debris downward as you clean.

6. Mind Your Distance

Maintaining the proper distance between the pressure washer nozzle and the surface being cleaned is crucial to avoiding damage and achieving optimal results. As a general rule of thumb, aim to keep the nozzle at least 12-18 inches away from the surface and adjust the distance as needed to find the sweet spot between cleaning power and safety.

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