After working in this business for more than a decade, we’ve found a number of environmentally-friendly ways to make pressure washing more effective. Oil, grease, grime, mildew, rust stains, bird droppings—you name it. While we never know what stains will pop up next, we can use a pressure washer to remove them. Especially when we combine a high-pressure stream with the right detergent. Just keep in mind, some detergents can do more harm than good. Plants and gardens can be destroyed by harsh chemicals, and runoff presents a contamination threat for nearby streams and waterways. Some chemicals even bring serious health risks for humans and animals. For these reasons, more people are turning to environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions. Green cleaning is not only non-toxic, but it’s efficient at eliminating dirt, mildew, and other common stains. Here are several solutions for safe cleaning:
There are several products on the market that are good for your home and environment. Many green detergents rely on a mixture of mild soap and chemicals to create a biodegradable material when combined with water. Powder and liquid detergents can be found at most gardening or home improvement stores, with different formulas available for various surfaces and cleaning requirements. Both solutions can be applied directly to dirt/grime or used in a pressure washer. For extra cleaning power, first apply the detergent to a surface (allowing it to set in for several minutes) and then add it to the power washer for a second coating.
Making your own detergent gives you greater control over what chemicals are being used. One popular and effective pressure washer solution uses a mixture of 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner, 1/3 cup phosphate-free laundry soap, and a gallon of water. Stir slowly in a large bucket to avoid creating too many suds. Frequent washing with this mixture should keep surfaces looking like new!
Treat Small Stains with Vinegar
Vinegar may have a sour taste, but it’s pretty sweet when it comes to eco-friendly pressure washer solutions. It’s all-natural and it won’t harm plants, so you don’t have the added hassle of covering your garden before each cleaning. Start by pre-washing surfaces with hot water to loosen dirt and debris. This is advised when using any cleaning solution, but it’s especially important with natural materials that lack the cleaning power of stronger chemical compounds. Next, mix three parts vinegar to seven parts water for a solution that is potent enough to kill mold and mildew. For small stains, fill a spray bottle with undiluted vinegar, spray the affected area, and let it dry.
Like vinegar, citrus oil is a natural, non-toxic cleaning alternative. It’s used both inside and outside the house as it effectively removes grease, dirt, and other stains. Many homeowners prefer the sweet smell of citrus oil, as opposed to the chemical smells of many other cleaners. Including the fake citrus scents. It also functions as a natural insect repellant. So, you may notice a decrease in your populations of spiders, bees, and other pests after a thorough washing.
Trust the Pros
For professional pressure washing services in Maryland, look no further than Peak Power Wash! Our experts combine the finest biodegradable and environmentally-friendly cleaners to produce amazing results. Since we apply controlled pressure to rid your surfaces of dirt, mildew, and stains, you won’t find any damage to your property in our wake. Our soft wash technique will clean your home, deck, walkway, fence, gate, or other outdoor surface and restore it to brand-new beauty. Plus, our 100% satisfaction guarantee means you’ll have confidence in a job well done. If you’re in central Maryland or south-central Pennsylvania, give us a call today to talk about our wide range of pressure washing services!