There are few things that probably gather as much dirt and contamination as the exterior and interior of a house. The weather, environment, pollution and all sorts of things make sure of that.
So how can we fight this? Well, we can simply wash our house on a very frequent basis. However, that may not be very optimal or efficient in terms of time and effort.
Instead, pressure washing can rid your house of all kinds of dirt to give it a clean, tidy look. There are several advantages to pressure washing, including how intensely it proceeds to clean the target. So today we will talk about how to pressure wash a house.
What is Pressure Washing?
Pressure washing, also known as power washing, is the act of using extremely high-pressured water sprays to remove all kinds of contamination. This can include grime, dust, mud or muddy content, dirt and/or loose paint.
Pressure washing is done commonly for vehicles, concrete surfaces and buildings. The last of which is our topic of today.
Understanding the Equipment
Let us get an understanding of what you will need for pressure washing a house.
The Pressure Washer
This is the most obvious one. The piece of equipment that will be spraying the water with high pressure is the first piece of equipment you will need. The unit of measurement used here is PSI, or pound per (squared) inch.
The device contains an engine and a water pump. The pump accelerates the water with help from the engine, and released from a high-pressure hose.
You will require a nozzle, which you will use to put water into the washer with. Consider getting a one with a somewhat long tube, as you will risk spilling water that way. You should also get one with proper rubber coating in order to avoid leaks or other damage.
Standard cleaning solutions, disinfectants are good to get before you get to pressure washing. You do not necessarily need it, but you never know if your client might want some extra careful cleaning.
This one will be needed for some of the contamination that will not go away on the wash. You will have to check it yourself and scrub away in order to clean it properly.
Lastly, just a standard procedure for any kind of manual servicing – protective gear. Consider getting a protective suit in order to protect yourself from any hazardous cleaning solution. Also, consider getting a mask or at least a pair of goggles. Pressure washing is not dangerous, but it can be under the wrong circumstances.
How to Pressure Wash a House
With all that out of the way, let us dive into the meat of the article. Let us talk about how you will actually be doing this in some steps.
First of all, you should cover all the plants that are outside your house. This includes your lawn, grass, any kinds of shrubs and so on. You can use simple piece of cloth, or a plastic bag to cover them up.
Measure how much water you will actually need for the process. Then add detergent or cleaning solution accordingly. Make sure that the water is significantly hot. Also, add bleach for every ten parts of the detergent solution.
Adjust the pressure of the pressure washing device before you start scrubbing. This way, it will be saving you some time. Find the hose mount at the rear of the pressure washer, and stick the hose with the mount.
Now attach the faucet on the outside of house you will be cleaning. For surfaces of softer textures, choose a lower psi level. For harder surfaces, choose the opposite.
Make sure you follow instructions from the manufacturer. This will help you further, as some guidelines may not be the same for all retailers.
Now, on with the spraying. Start spraying thoroughly a good five to ten foot radius of a single floor of your home. Start from the bottom section of the house, and move upwards slowly.
If you have a basement, scour the corners and edges of the interior first before you move up. In case of a multi-story house, scrub the top floor first but do not apply the liquids yet. Start with the liquid after you are done with the scrubbing, as a lot of the grime will now be on the floor to be cleaned up.
Tip: Why you should not start from the top? Because the liquid mixture will slowly drip downwards and create a mess. It can be dealt with later, but it is more convenient to start from the bottom.
When you are done with this, turn on the pressure washer with full effect. Time for the actual cleaning to start. Set the PSI level to whatever is recommended, and is safe. Move slowly around the entire house, starting from smaller rooms to the larger ones.
Do not increase the PSI level at all after you have started without turning it off first. The recoil from the pressure washer can be disturbingly high. It may end up injuring you significantly.
After you are done, repeat steps 4 and 5 for cases where specks or patches of dirt are not clean enough yet. Get rid of the duct tape and the cloth/plastic. Your house should be squeaky clean, and will now need some time before it dries up.
It is recommended to leave at least one room of the house uncleaned, so that you can stay there. You will need about two days before the whole interior and exterior have dried up, and the house is ready to be resided in again.
We hope this article helps you clean your house perfectly. This is how you can pressure wash a house under a budget. Happy cleaning!