Would you pressure wash your clothes? What about your skin? Hopefully, the answer is no to that question. Why can’t you pressure wash your house? Well, the answer is in the details and the purpose of the wash.
What Is Pressure Washing?
Pressure washing is so useful and powerful because it literally scrapes the gunk, mold, and mildew off just about any surface. The problem, though, is that there is often more that comes off in the wash. So, if you surface is delicate or painted, it may cause cracks or dents in the siding. Here are potential issues:
- Flaking off paint
- Cracking paint
- Denting vinyl siding
- Chipping wood, brick, or stucco siding
- Water intrusion into the interior of your home
- Breaking the glass in the windows
These sound like serious problems, because they are serious problems. If you want to clean the exterior of your home, you need to talk with a qualified professional to determine if pressure washing is the right technique for your home.
What Things Should You Never Pressure Wash?
Here are some things that you should never power wash:
- Old Wood Siding
- Old Painted Items
- Soft Wood
- Glass Items
- Thin or easily dented Metals
- Anything with holes that need to have a dry interior
What is the Alternative?
If you need to clean the surfaces around your home and on the side of your home, then you need to talk with your cleaning professional to talk about the options that will best complete the job. It could be that you could just decrease the pressure.
A qualified professional can look at your home and determine what needs to be done and how often it needs to be cleaned. The minimum cleaning you should schedule is at least once a season. The surfaces should be clean as they go into each season. We use low-pressure techniques to clean surfaces without damaging it, so your property looks great without any risk. Call 440-283-9274 for a free estimate.