Over time, dirt, grime, mildew, and mold accumulate on our homes, and simply scrubbing isn’t enough to make them look new again. But with a few tools and some know-how, you can quickly turn your home’s exterior into a sparkling showcase.
Pressure washing, or power washing, uses a high-pressure water spray (between 1,300-2,800 PSI) to remove stains and buildup, including paint, soot, dirt, mildew, and more. It’s often used on masonry, brick, concrete, and other hard surfaces. While it can damage certain materials if used improperly, when performed correctly, it’s an effective and safe way to brighten your home, curb its appeal, and prevent the growth of destructive mold, mildew, and moss that can cause costly repair issues down the road.
This video walks you through the basics of power washing, including what tools you’ll need and some basic safety tips. You’ll also learn how to properly prep your surface before pressure washing and how to use the right nozzle for the job.
Before you begin, check for loose pieces of siding, cracks, and other defects that could admit water during the cleaning process. This will help ensure that your siding isn’t damaged by the water, and it will make the final result more professional.
Once you’re ready to begin, attach the soaping nozzle to your pressure washer and fill it with detergent. Next, choose your nozzle. For general washing, a 40-degree white nozzle will work best for most surfaces, but you can also use a more powerful 25-degree green nozzle on wheels and tires to blast away built up dirt. If you’re using the nozzle on a car, be sure to stand at least six feet away from the vehicle to avoid being hit by the high-pressure spray.
For windows, Weingard recommends a natural sponge or hog-bristle brush paired with a squeegee for maximum efficiency. Start by scrubbing the glass with the sponge or brush, then rub it down with the squeegee in a single pass from left to right. After each stroke, wipe the squeegee blade with a rag to eliminate any streaking.
Once the windows are cleaned, let them dry for a day or so before you apply any sealant. Adding a coat of protectant will help your windows last longer and maintain their luster. If you need high quality window cleaning service make sure you hire best power washing service DMV Arlington.