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How to Pressure Wash Your Home’s Siding

It doesn’t matter what type of exterior your home has – over time, and without regular maintenance, it can get grimy. No worries! A pressure washer can restore your home’s exterior to its original beauty in no time at all. If you haven’t used one before, this post is perfect for you!

 

Here are the steps to follow if you want to pressure wash your exterior:

#01 Test the spray on an area that can be easily concealed before you start cleaning the exposed areas. You want to make sure that the high-pressure setting won’t damage your home’s exterior surface.

 

#02 Use a low-pressure spray setting to apply detergents (specifically intended for pressure washers) starting from the bottom and working your way up. This way you can avoid streaks.

 

#03 Allow the detergent to sit on the surface for a few minutes before you start rinsing it off. However, be careful that you do not let it dry. If needed, you can rewet the surface. Remember to disengage the detergent supply once you are done applying detergent.

 

#04 Spray off the grime and the detergent, this time starting from the top going down. Make sure that you do this carefully. To be more thorough, you can work in small sections.

 

CAUTION

Remember that these are just general tips. To ensure safety, follow the specific instructions that came with the pressure washer. Improper use of a pressure washer can be damaging to a home exterior, so you have to read the manual carefully and look for information on settings, as well as the distance needed between the spray tip and the surface for safe cleaning. Also, avoid windows and exterior vents when you are pressure washing.

 

If your home has been painted sometime before 1978, there is a probability that the paint used for it has lead. If you are unsure, it is best to get a test kit or have it inspected by a professional.

 

SAFETY REMINDERS

Before you begin with your task, make sure that you stand on a stable surface where you can achieve good balance. Wear eye gear and ear protection as specified by the manufacturer. If using a gasoline-powered pressure washer, work only in an area where there is sufficient ventilation. If it’s electric equipment, keep the electrical cords dry at all times. Never leave a pressure washer running with the spray gun unattended. Always be aware of where the spray is directed. Keep it pointed away from people, animals, electrical fixtures, and power lines, among others.

 

Your pressure washer is not the only thing you should prepare. You also have to get the work area ready for you. Put away any possible obstacles that could trip you. Turn off power to electrical outlets and cover them well. Close all doors and windows near your work area.

 

Once you are done, flush the area with clear water to remove any detergent residue. Follow directions on how you should drain liquid from the pump of the pressure washer and how you should store the machine. This will help ensure that your pressure washer is ready for use next time!

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