If you’re planning on pressure washing your home, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to ensure safe and successful cleaning.
This article will review a few different ways to safely pressure wash your home. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Pressure Washing Safety Tips
If you’re pressure washing your home for the first time, or if you’re a pro at it, these safety tips are for you. Read on to learn how to pressure wash your home safely and effectively.
- Wear eye and ear protection. A pressure washer is loud and can spray water and debris toward you. It’s important to protect your eyes and ears from potential hazards.
- Keep the nozzle firmly gripped between your palms to get comfortable using the pressure washer.
- Choose the correct sized pressure washer. Not all pressure washers have the same strength or PSI. You’ll need to choose one that’s appropriate for the job at hand.
- Get the right detergent. You’ll need a pressure washer-specific detergent in order to get your home sparkling clean.
- Set up your pressure washer. This includes connecting all the hoses and getting the water flowing.
- Keeping the nozzle at least 18 inches away from your home will help avoid any damage to the surface. Also, be sure to use the right pressure to prevent damage.
- If you’re considering power washing siding that was previously painted, don’t. Instead, contact a professional pressure wash company for help.
If you’re going to pressure wash your house, be sure to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe, first. Some paints made before 1978 may contain lead; if so, they must not be used for any purpose other than decorative purposes. Lead paint chips and powder are dangerous if inhaled or accidentally ingested by children.
If you want to clean wood with a pressure washer, here’s where to start
Pressure washing is an excellent way to bring your wood decks or fences back to life. It’s also something you can easily accomplish in just one weekend.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A gas-powered pressure washer—You can use an electric-powered one, but remember that the job will take a lot longer
- A 25-degree spray green-tipped nozzle
- Your preferred wood sealer
Before starting any project, always do a small test run. You don’t want to damage your fence or deck by stripping too much wood away.
These are our tips for getting good results
- Move the wand in an up-and-down motion evenly.
- To get the best results, avoid spraying the cleaner directly onto the surface you want to clean. Instead, use a light touch and move the nozzle back and forth across the surface until you see no streaks left behind.
- Don’t stop spraying when you’re halfway through a board. Wait until the end of the piece.
- Don’t begin spraying in the middle of a board.
- Overlapping strokes help prevent visible lines from appearing between letters.
After you’ve washed off the paint, it’s important to wait until the wood has dried before applying any sealing products.
To clean concrete, read this first
Dirt buildup is often overlooked because it’s so difficult to see. For example, you may not know how dirty your driveway is until you notice the streaks of mud on your car after a rainstorm.
To pressure wash your own concrete driveway, patio or walkway you’ll need these items.
- A pressure washer with a high-GPM
- A yellow-tipped nozzle with a 15-degree spray
- Concrete cleaning solutions specifically designed for use on concrete
- A brush for scrubbing, the stiffer the better.
- Protective equipment—gloves and goggles, at least
- Concrete sealer
To get rid of concrete stains, you’ll need a strong jet of water at a pressure of at least 100 psi.
Here are some tips for washing concrete efficiently.
- Make sure everything is clean before starting.
- You can use a stiff brush to clean up motor oil stains from your driveway if they’re not too deep.
- Be sure to use the right nozzles when using pressure washers. If you use a wide spray, it won’t have enough power to clean effectively.
- Soap works best when used with water from the pressure washer‘s detergent reservoir. You can use any type of soap, but be sure to use one specifically designed to clean hard surfaces.
If you want to remove particularly stubborn stains from your driveway, you might need to use several passes of the pressure washer. Afterward, allow the concrete to dry completely before applying a surface sealer.
If you want to ensure that the concrete looks good for at least the next few years, then it’s important to seal the surface properly after applying the first coat of paint.
If you enjoy seeing results, then you might enjoy pressure washing because it gives you immediate results. Try renting before buying to make sure you’re not stuck with an expensive piece of equipment!