Pressure Washing: the Do's and Don'ts

It’s time to clean off the driveway, spray out the garage, and maybe rinse the siding – it’s pressure washing season! But be careful how you move forward – there are a few things you should consider before attacking your outdoor surfaces with a pressure washer:

  • Do make sure that your pressure washer is properly maintained and ready to be put to use. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Make sure it is stored indoors in a well-ventilated area, that it is appropriately oiled and fuelled before you begin, and that all attachments are correctly connected.
  • Don’t use your pressure washer on glass windows or doors. It can damage the glass or weather seals.
  • Don’t let your pressure washer run very long without pressing the trigger. You can overheat and/or burn out the pump fairly easily.
  • Do wear protective eyewear and clothing.
  • Do start washing at the top of a surface and work your way down. Especially when cleaning stucco and siding – ensure that the spray hits the top (at an arch) to ensure that you don’t get moisture in cracks or inadvertently lift the siding.
  • Don’t ever spray a person or animal. Remember that a pressure washer is a high-power tool and should be cautiously and safely used. 

If you have any questions about cleaning or maintaining the exterior of your home, yard, or garage, give me a call. I’m here to help!

Mark Kozak

Mark Kozak

Associate
CENTURY 21 Foothills Real Estate
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