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  • Writer's pictureKristina Carroll

Blast Away the Dirt: The Ultimate Guide to Pressure Washing Your Home and Outdoor Surfaces

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Pressure washing is a cleaning method that uses high-pressure water to remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and other stubborn contaminants from various surfaces.

Preparing for a paint or stain project?

Prior to any paint or stain being applied to a surface, it is extremely important to prep the surface by cleaning it. A professional exterior cleaning is the most effective way to accomplish this. Failing to do so prior to painting or staining may ruin the project completely as stain has problems penetrating a soiled surface and paint will not be able to properly adhere to dirty surfaces.

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Pressure washers consist of a motor or engine that powers a pump, which generates high-pressure water. They come in different types, such as gas-powered and electric-powered, with varying pressure levels and flow rates. The pressure washer is equipped with a nozzle or spray wand that controls the water stream's intensity and pattern.

Surfaces suitable for pressure washing - Pressure washing can be used on a wide range of surfaces, including:

  • Sidewalks and driveways: Concrete and paved surfaces benefit from pressure washing to remove stains, oil spills, and dirt buildup.

  • Decks and patios: Wooden or composite decks, as well as stone or concrete patios, can be revitalized by pressure washing to remove grime, algae, and other contaminants.

  • Siding and exteriors: Pressure washing can effectively clean vinyl, wood, or stucco siding, as well as brick or stone exteriors, enhancing the overall appearance of your home.

  • Outdoor furniture and equipment: Patio furniture, fences, grills, and other outdoor equipment can be restored to their original condition through pressure washing.

Safety precautions - When pressure washing, it's important to follow safety guidelines, including:

  • Wear protective gear: Use safety goggles, gloves, and appropriate footwear to protect yourself from debris and potential injuries.

  • Maintain a safe distance: Keep a reasonable distance between the pressure washer nozzle and the surface being cleaned to avoid damage or injury.

  • Use the right pressure and nozzle: Adjust the pressure setting and choose the appropriate nozzle for the specific surface and cleaning task to avoid causing damage.

  • Be cautious around delicate areas: Exercise care around windows, fragile surfaces, or areas with loose paint or delicate finishes to prevent any unintended damage.

Proper technique - To achieve optimal results when pressure washing, consider the following tips:

  • Pre-treat surfaces: Apply appropriate cleaning solutions or detergents to the surface before pressure washing to help loosen stubborn dirt and stains.

  • Start from a distance: Begin pressure washing from a distance and gradually move closer to the surface until you achieve the desired cleaning effect.

  • Work in sections: Divide large surfaces into manageable sections to ensure thorough cleaning and avoid missing any areas.

  • Maintain consistent strokes: Move the pressure washer wand in even, overlapping strokes to ensure consistent cleaning and avoid streaks or uneven results.

  • Rinse thoroughly: After pressure washing, thoroughly rinse the surface to remove any residual cleaning solutions or loosened dirt.

Hiring professionals: If you're uncertain about using a pressure washer or have extensive cleaning needs, it's recommended to hire professional pressure washing services.

Professionals have the expertise, experience, and commercial-grade equipment to deliver thorough and safe results.

Mountain Drainage Solutions is a local, family owned and operated, small business serving our neighbors here in Asheville, NC and surrounding areas. At Mountain Drainage Solutions we offer high quality home exterior cleaning services for removal or mold and mildew.

Based on our clients’ needs we offer soft washing, pressure washing and chemical treatments. Our chemical treatment will not only remove mold and mildew stains but act as a preventative for future growth.

Our experts will be able to provide you with a free on-site consultation to help you determine what treatment is the best for your needs and the needs of your home.

Contact us today for a free estimate!


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