Is your house looking a little rundown? If your home can use an exterior makeover, you’re probably thinking about renting or borrowing your friend’s pressure washer to give it a good clean.
How difficult could it be, you think to yourself. With a little house washing, your home will be free of mould, grime, and stubborn dirt.
You’re right—it will certainly make your home look like new again. Unfortunately, though, using a pressure washer to clean the outside of the home isn’t as easy as it may seem. In fact, without proper training and knowledge, you could end up making mistakes that will require expensive repairs.
Not convinced? Here are the most common house washing mistakes homeowners make—and you should avoid.
Using the Wrong Equipment
If you want to perform a professional job on your home, you’re going to need a professional-grade pressure washer. Those found in home improvement stores are often too ineffective for such a big job.
Not sure if the pressure washer you want to use is up to the task? Check its output, which should be over four gallons of water per minute. Any lower than this and the pressure washer simply won’t be able to get rid of the tough grime buildup and stubborn stains you’re looking to clean up.
If you’re using a low-grade pressure washer and it doesn’t get rid of the mould and dirt effectively, your first instinct may be to keep spraying water on the same spot for a long period of time, thinking that will work. Unfortunately, doing so can cause significant damage, which will require repairs afterward.
Using Too Much Pressure
You may think the more power, the better when pressure cleaning. You might get too close to spray a particularly dirty area or you might use too much pressure on more sensitive materials, such as wood, masonry, or brick. Extremely high water pressure can cause damage by blasting away pieces of your house, so this mistake is best avoided.
Using the Wrong Solution
Did you know you could make your mould problem worse? If you’re not using the right water-to-cleaner ratio, this can occur. If you add too much water to the mix, not only will you reduce its cleaning ability, but you could also end up spreading mould spores rather than removing them.
In addition, the landscaping around your home can actually be harmed by power washing if you use the wrong cleaning products. Some cleaners, once dried on leaves and plants, can burn the foliage and leave brown or white patches.
Using the Wrong Cleaning Technique for House Washing
By and large, the most common mistake homeowners make is using the wrong cleaning technique. If you want an even clean—and to preserve the surfaces you’re cleaning—you need a very specific sweeping action.
As you can see, DIY power washing can be a challenge. If you’re not careful, you could end up making some of these critical and costly mistakes. You may cause damage, spread mould, or be ineffective in cleaning the surfaces.
That’s why it’s best to hire experienced exterior cleaning experts with the professional-grade equipment, the correct cleaning solutions, and the proper cleaning techniques to get the job done right.
These professionals deal with power washing for residential homes in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, area on a daily basis. They know the small details most homeowners do not. They will ensure your home is clean in no time and you won’t have to risk causing damage. You’ll be able to save yourself money, headaches, and frustration.
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