It is vital that older homes get special care and attention, as they need a good cleaning from time to time and due to their age, many of the materials can be more fragile. The surfaces too often get damaged during the pressure washing process because the pressure is too high, wood has softened, or other mistakes. Not only will you not get an effective clean, but expensive repairs may be in order if the pressure washing isn’t adjusted to accommodate an older home. Considering this, we at Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to help people who insist on taking on this project themselves by listing some important elements to apply during the process.
Under Pressure is Used to Clean Older Exterior Homes
Some pressure washers are too powerful to be used with older homes, particularly those that feature a lot of wooden architecture. Where they may be effective on paved driveways, using them on wood, especially if there are any spots with wood rot, can result in severe damage. Be sure to use a reduced psi, no more that 1500 psi should be needed and keep the nozzle at least a foot away.
Never Get Too Close to Avoid Damage when Power Washing
As a first impulse to attack tougher looking stains, it is common for people to want to put the nozzle closer to the surface. This tactic will likely remove the stain, as well as an entire chunk of wood or mortar with it. To significantly reduce the risk of surface damage, keep the nozzle at least one foot away at all times.
Use a Wide Stream Pressure Washing Tip
You can adjust the nozzle to change the flow of water from a single stream to a wide fan on many of the pressure washing equipment. For older homes, the wide stream helps prevent the damage the high-risk single stream can do. When you use the powerful single stream, you can easily cause severe damage to a wood surface.
Cleaning Mold with Vinegar
White vinegar is very versatile and is a perfect solution for any mildew growth on the exterior of the home. In a quirt bottle, pour white vinegar only for easy application and generously apply to the mildew. Let the vinegar soak in for 10-15 minutes and rinse the vinegar and the mildew with the pressure washer. You may need to use a strong scrub brush and warm soapy waters for potential staining.
Power Washing & More in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove, Griffin, Stockbridge, Social Circle & Jackson, Georgia
In the event you should take on the responsibility of power washing your older home, be sure to apply these above-mentioned steps to effectively clean and avoid the damage on your older home. The cost for repairs can be quite expensive so stay vigilant and careful. For all of your pressure cleaning, especially when it comes to older homes, investing in a pressure washing can be more efficient and less harmful to you and your property. When you need professional pressure cleaning, call in the professionals of Big Moose Pressure Cleaning and let our certified experts take care of your home. We will get out the layers of filth and debris to rejuvenate your home’s curb appeal. Contact us today!