Pressure Washing: Step by Step
Wear and tear on your home, especially in this New England weather, is unfortunately inevitable. Dirt, grime, and mildew can accumulate right under your nose leaving you with quickly decaying outdoor structures and potentially costly repairs. A good rule of thumb is to pressure wash your home at least every other year, however, if your located under a lot of trees or on a dirt road, you might be looking at a little more often.
While pressure washing may seem like a simple task, it is always best to consult a professional if you are inexperienced. Pressure washing machines have an array of different tips that vary in intensity and size. Using the wrong tip can force water underneath the siding on your home or damage the paint job. It is not recommended to pressure wash asphalt shingles, old mortar, windows, or gutters. The pressure washer will be too strong and do damage.
This blog will discuss the steps that we here at Granite State Painters take to ensure that we effectively clean your home and protect it from the elements, without damaging the substrate.
The first step we take is to soak all the surrounding plants and vegetation down with water before starting with any chemicals. This will help to preserve the life of them just in case any chemicals get on them. Be sure not to do this with the pressure washer as the force will cause damage to your plants.
Secondly, we pump spray on an environmentally friendly bleach and water mixture, one side at a time, to remove all dirt, mold, and mildew.
The next step is to wash the house or deck down with a low-pressure tip on the pressure washer to ensure that we clean the substrate effectively without damaging it.
The last step is to rinse the surrounding plants and vegetation again after the pressure wash is complete.
All of exterior jobs include a pressure washing to ensure that the building is cleaned before we start our work. As stated before, pressure washing can be overwhelming if you are inexperienced. If the DIY process seems out of reach, contact us and our team will take care of everything for you! Check out our gallery to see some of our exterior projects.
Thank you for reading, stay tuned for our next blog post! Feel free to comment any questions/comments/suggestions.
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