Pressure washing your house is not an ordinary task because it requires use of special tools and preciseness in cleaning different structural materials. If done well, a pressure or power washed house can have more curb appeal to potential home buyers. This cleaning also prepares the house for painting. If you want to clean your house, give the job to a professional house cleaner. An expert will inspect your house to choose the right kind of pressure washer best suited for the cleaning job. The spray power and size of pressure washer ranges from 1,200 to 3000 pounds per square inch (psi).
If your building has grime, your cleaning contractor may choose to use a pressure washer with a detergent dispenser for effective cleaning. Different structural materials like aluminum, soft-grain wood, vinyl, stucco or hybrid material will require different pressures when cleaning to maintain their good look.
Below are the steps used by professionals when pressure washing a house:
Observation of safety precautions
Before pressure washing begins, your pets and kids should be safely locked in the house. Doors and windows should also remain closed. The spray from a pressure washer is strong enough to tear through the skin and even break weak window glasses. A professional cleaner understands these safety measures and can operate the washer’s hose and nozzle well to prevent accidents and damage to property. Professionals also wear standard safety gear and have right tools of work.
Protection of exterior fixtures and plants
The spray from a pressure washer can be very damaging if directed to plants, deck furniture, lights and other fixtures. Your contractor will protect your plants and exterior fixtures from the high water pressure with tarps or drop cloths.
Preparation of wall surface
A soft bristled brush is used to remove mildew from walls and siding before cleaning with water follows.
The cleaning detergent is then prepared and put in the washer’s dispenser. After the washer is connected to the water supply system, cleaning can begin. Your contractor will start cleaning from the top of the house and work his way downwards from side to side. A 45-degree angle is maintained during cleaning to protect the structural material from high pressure.
When the entire exterior is cleaned in the initial wash, plain water is used to rinse the house thoroughly. After pressure washing, you will notice the clean exterior. If you wanted to paint your house, it would be advisable to wait until the exterior is fully dried.
Clearing work area
After pressure washing, the ground below may be messy. Your cleaner will clear all debris on lawn or concrete. Drop cloths or tarps used to cover landscaping shrubs and your exterior fixtures will also be removed. All work tools should be put in their rightful place after work to prevent tripping incidents.
If cleaning is done well, your house will continue to impress your neighbors, visitors and even potential home buyers from the street. It may also take a while before the next cleaning round if pressure washing is perfectly executed to remove stubborn dirt.
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