For those who like to tackle their own pressure washing cleaning projects around their home, it is important to know how and what can be pressured cleaned. Not everything can be cleaned with a pressure washer and for those areas around the home that can be power washed, you will want to make sure you use the right tools and techniques. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning will share a few tips for DIY pressure cleaning around your home.
Pressure Washing Tips for Concrete Driveways, Siding on Houses & More
Use the Correct Tool – If you’re buying or renting a pressure washer you will want to get the right one for the proper task. You will find there are two specifications that rate a pressure washer. One is the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) and the other is GPM (Gallons per Minute). The PSI rates the force of the water while the GPM rates the flow of the water. The recommended pressure washer for most residential uses is 5 GPM and 3700 PSI. You may see some with 4 GPM and 40000 PSI. The GPM is more important when it comes to a pressure cleaning machine. Never trade PSI for the GPM.
Pressure Washing Safety Tips – Safety is a major concern when using a pressure washer. They can cause serious injury and damage if not handled carefully. Make sure to use safety gear when using a pressure washer. This includes safety glasses, gloves, heavy pants and shirt, and heavy duty shoes. Additionally, always be aware of where the nozzle of the sprayer is pointing. Never use a pressure washer on glass, or hit people or pets when using a pressure washer.
Know Proper Pressure Washing Settings – Each surface will require its own setting. This means you will want to know where to set the GPM and PSI for each individual surface. Roofs and wooden surfaces often require a “soft wash,” which uses far less GPM and PSI than other surfaces such as driveways or concrete. Make sure to do your homework and know which setting to use for the different surfaces you plan to clean.
Rinse After Cleaning – If you use chemicals to assist in cleaning your various surfaces, always rinse with cold water afterwards. Never leave chemicals to stay on the surface that you have cleaned. Some cleaning chemicals work great at cleaning and removing different contaminates. However, if left on the surface area, it can erode and damage the area you cleaned.
Pressure Washing Limits – Know the machine’s limits. For example, if a driveway or garage floor has been sealed with grease or oil stains underneath the sealer, the pressure machine will not remove the stain. In this scenario, you will need to remove the sealer and then clean the stain. Keep in mind that it is very difficult to remove sealer off of concrete. In most cases, consider repainting the driveway or floor. Know your own limits when it comes to properly using a pressure washer machine. It takes knowledge of how a pressure washer works, and what cleaning chemicals and settings are used for each surface and material. If you have never used a pressure washer before, you may want to consider seeking professional assistance.
Power Washing, Pressure Cleaning & More in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove & Griffin Georgia
If you need a professional pressure washing service, contact Big Moose Pressure Cleaning. We provide residential and commercial property power wash cleaning. In fact, we can handle any of your pressure cleaning needs! Contact Big Moose Pressure Cleaning today.