Power washing is a great way to enhance your curb appeal and keep your house looking clean. Hiring a professional can be costly but it also can be worth it to spruce up your home. If you do call a professional, be sure to know exactly what you want to clean. If you decide to do it yourself and rent a machine, here are some tips and tricks to get you through it:
Wear the proper protective gear. Whether it’s eye wear or gloves, be sure to wear things that will protect your eyes, face and hands. Follow the manual instructions closely. Steer clear of the nozzle and don’t point it at any people or animals.
Work from top to bottom, and direct the water downward. It seems obvious but working from top to bottom keeps the previously washed area clean.
Use power wash-appropriate cleanser. Using the proper cleanser is important. Read the instructions and make sure the cleanser is compatible with the surface you are cleaning. If it isn’t on the bottle, a quick search on Google will help you find what you need.
Don’t wash outdoor fabric, cushions, plastic furniture or outdoor umbrellas. These items are not suitable for power wash because they aren’t built to withstand the force.