Pressure Washing 101

Pressure Washing 101

Eventually, every home reaches a point when it could use a little TLC. Painting or staining may be needed, but often just taking the time to give your South Bay Area home a good cleaning is the first step – and an important one. 

A pressure washer is a great tool for this – it can have as much as 50 times the power of a garden hose and use 80 percent less water, providing a far more efficient and powerful way to clean. However, whether you’re just blasting grime off of the deck or giving the entire home a wash, it’s important that you use the pressure washer properly. Failing to do so can lead to disaster and can even damage your home in numerous ways. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the dos and don’ts of pressure washing. This way you can use it properly and get amazing results. 

Always Start By Preparing

Prepping is a must. You’ll want to make sure you have a good, regular water supply. In general, if your garden hose can fill a five gallon bucket in less than two minutes, you have plenty of pressure for the washer. Next, take the time to clean the inlet filter and make sure all connections are solid. Place protective plastic over anything that may need it before you begin.

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Pressure Washer

A pressure washer has tremendous power. That’s its main benefit as well as its biggest drawback. In fact, even low-powered models have enough force to cut through human skin. Be sure that you wear safety goggles and that you hold the wand tightly when you begin. Start with a low pressure setting and gradually work up to more powerful settings.

Keep On Moving

Leaving the wand pointed at a single spot for more than a second or two can do major damage, cutting through wood and leave deep scars. Start by working in steady sweeping motions and never aim it directly at someone.

Understand The Different Nozzle Tips

Pressure washers have different tips. Some will generate wide spray patterns with lower pressure while others such as a zero or 15 degree nozzle will create intense pressure that will be better for blasting away stains and mold on metal. In general, the 40 degree nozzle is the one that is safe for your South Bay Area home so start with it. If needed, upgrade later.

Ease Into It

Don’t start with max power and hold the want just an inch away from the surface. Instead, start about 10 feet away from the surface, use the right nozzle, and slowly move closer to the surface until the spray starts blasting dirt and grime away from your South Bay Area home.

When In Doubt, Trust The Pros

Pressure washing can seem easy and even fun at first glance. But it’s a job that can be messy and take considerable time and skill. To make sure you get the best results, your best option is always to trust in the pros. If you need any pressure washing done in the South Bay Area area, don’t hesitate to contact Bay Area Outdoor Cleaning. We’re here and ready to help. 

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