Expert Power Washer Tips from a professional pressure washer
We all know Miami summer is coming and that means it’s pressure washing season here in South Florida. The rain is around the corner ready to cause moss to grow on your roof, mold & mildew to build up on your home’s siding, and dirty algae infested green driveways.
Below we will show you a few power washing tips to get your home washed and cleaned.
What are pressure washer rotating nozzles? Is there a pressure washer nozzles sizing chart?What’s the dirtiest part of your house right now? Is it your shingle roof? Your concrete driveway? Or you are in desperate need of a house wash? Well, good news is we will cover a couple all around tips that will cover the most important washing tip for each part of your property.
#1: Power Washer TIPS
Know when to use a pressure washer and how powerful of one. If you use a machine that has too much water pressure (PSI), not only can you harm parts of your house like your shingle roofs but you will also rip old paint off the siding too. Unless you are prepping your house for a new coat of paint, keep the pressurized water at a distance from the exterior walls and siding.
Make sure to keep your PSI on the lower end. High PSI is only needed to for paint preparation.
Home Pressure Washer TIP #2: PRACTICE YOUR STROKES
Get a feel for the water spray wand and the powerful clean pressure that shoots out when you press down on the trigger. If only dropping an open garden hose makes it wobble around and shoot water everywhere, imagine 4000 pounds of pressure coming from the hose.
Always have a wide stance and hold the wand with both hands for better control. This will help your aim if you do not have much practice in the past with a power washer.
We recommend you getting a piece of your concrete driveway and making short strokes, making sure to overlap your previous stroke by 6 to 8 inches.
Keep an 8 to 10-inch distance for soft washing and 4 to 6 inches for paint removal/deep cleaning.
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House Pressure Washing TIP #3: SCRUB HARD TO REACH PLACES FIRST
Dirt seems to multiply quickly in the hardest places to reach. With caution and all safety procedures in mind, get on a ladder if needed and grab a firm scrubber.
Apply bleach to siding or any area that is growing mildew. Click here to learn how to find out if it is mildew or dirt.
Power Washer TIPS #4: ADD DETERGENT
Detergent isn’t necessary but in Miami algae and mildew build up quick. Adding detergent to the washer and spraying it across the surface you are cleaning is highly recommended. It will balance the pH of the surface and help organisms from growing quickly in the humidity.
Make sure to use the “soap” tip with your wand. Read below on the right nozzle tips to use for each part of your house.
Power Washer TIPS #5: ADD DEGREASER TO DRIVEWAY
Pressure washing gets almost anything out but oil stains can get tricky. Power washing will fatigue you to the point you might need to take a few breaks every now and then. Let the chemicals do the hard work so you do not need to do several coats of washing in the same area.
Pressure washing Tip #6: NEVER PRESSURE CLEAN SHINGLE ROOF
As tempting and easy it might seem to pressure wash your roof to remove moss or the algae infested black stains on it, don’t. What happens when you do that is that you actually can cause serious roof damage. You will lift up the shingles, in some cases rip off, and water will filter through into the wooden part of your roofs.
See how to properly clean a shingle roof with a DIY Homemade roof cleaning solution and some watering. No pressure washer, no experience needed.
Pressure Cleaning TIP #7: USE THE RIGHT WAND NOZZLE TIP
There are a dozen types of wands but only a few select angles are needed for power washing a house. we suggest you use a 25 degree pressure washer nozzle angle tip and a “soap tip” (should be labeled). The 25-degree pressure washer nozzle tip can be used to clean your driveway, exterior siding, patio area, pool decking and any other surface. It is a perfect balance. For a deeper clean of dirt or stains, use a narrower angle like a 15 degree.
CAUTION: Stay away from zero degree tips as those will rip off paint from exterior walls and most surfaces around your home.
Pressure Washer TIPS #8: WASH FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Last but not least, make sure to wash your home from top to bottom. Give the spray gun a downward angle when spraying to avoid any upward splash. This will let all the grime roll down your siding or driveway without getting any dirt into your garage or roof vents.
We hope our power washer tips help you get a head start with your summer pressure cleaning projects. These tips will not only save you a lot of time but possibly even money on repairs from bad practices.