4 Don’ts for DIY Pressure Washing

DIY Pressure Washing don'ts

Homeowners are understandably always looking to save money. But in their cost-cutting crusades, individuals sometimes tackle projects that are better left for the pros. We see it all too often with pressure washing. Eager to cut back on home maintenance costs, homeowners rent a pressure washer and attempt to clean their property on their own.

Unfortunately, the money they hope to save often ends up paying for expensive repairs after their well-meaning intentions end up damaging their home. You see, there’s a lot more to pressure washing than pointing, spraying, and watching the dirt disappear. Some surfaces need to be treated delicately, while others should never be pressure washed at all.

Electrical Equipment

It’s probably not shocking to hear that water and electricity don’t play well together. But many times, individuals don’t think twice about pressure washing over electrical meters, panels, and outlets, reasoning that these items are constantly exposed to the rain. Pressure washing, however, uses more force than rain, and if that pressure pushes water through any cracks or openings, you could be left with dangerous and costly repairs. Air conditioners also should never be pressure washed; the force can damage the fins and significantly impact air flow.

Painted Surfaces

Pressure washing will surely remove dirt and grime from your painted surfaces, but it might also remove the paint. Using too much pressure or improper techniques can chip away at paint, which is one of the reasons why it’s important to leave pressure washing to the professionals. At Peak Power Wash, we employ a soft wash method that safely and effectively cleans all your exterior surfaces. Soft wash combines low pressure with high volume to deliver maximum results. We’re also big believers in environmentally friendly pressure washing, so we only use biodegradable detergents. It all adds up to a powerful cleaning that is entirely safe for your home, property, and family.

Old Brickwork

With the right technique, brick-and-mortar surfaces can be efficiently cleaned by pressure washing. Using too much force, however, will wash away any loose materials and damage the structure. Extreme caution should always be used when pressure washing, but it’s even more imperative when working with old structures.

Stained Wood

We believe pressure washing is an important part of treating and maintaining wood surfaces, but there’s a simple and important rule that must be followed: never pressure wash after staining or sealing wood. Otherwise, all the work – and money you spent on the stain – will literally be washed away. The best way to preserve wood decks, fences, and other surfaces is to first clean it with a thorough pressure washing, and once dry, follow up with staining or sealing. This will protect the wood and keep it looking beautiful.

Pressure washing is a great way to clean exterior surfaces, but you need to know what you’re doing. Peak Power Wash has been cleaning homes in central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania since 1998, so our trained technicians have the experience and knowledge needed to safely clean your home and property. Don’t risk the damage that comes with DIY cleaning. Instead, call the professionals at Peak. You’ll love our affordable prices, and it all starts with a free, no-obligation estimate!



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