As a homeowner, your most visible and valuable asset is your house. Because your house is representative of you and your family, it stands to reason that you would like to keep the outside of your home as clean as possible. Depending on the size of your house, washing the exterior can be a monumental task. You may opt to call in a professional or tackle it yourself with a ladder and some soap and water, but using a pressure washer is the most efficient and effective way to deal with it.
With the proper attachments and cleaning solutions, a pressure washer can have the exterior of your house looking like new again in the span of just one afternoon. Compared to its electric counterpart, a gas-powered pressure washer is a superior choice for large-scale projects like this because the job will be finished two or three times faster. In addition to an environmentally friendly siding-specific detergent, you will require two different nozzles – the black soaping nozzle and either the 25 or 40-degree tip –and a telescoping extension wand, especially if you have a two-storey house. A brush attachment isn’t necessary, but it improves the performance of your pressure washer and can be useful to clean other items.
As with any heavy-duty home improvement project, pressure washing your house requires a number of safety guidelines to follow. Here are a few to keep in mind:
The type of detergent you use to clean your house will depend on the type of exterior siding you have. Although they are all fairly similar, different types of siding can present unique challenges. If you have vinyl siding, don’t spray overlapping panels near window or door frames. For aluminum, don’t spray under panel overlaps at an upward angle. Wood, brick, and stone siding need to be lightly sprayed with the garden hose beforehand.
Now that you have taken all the precautionary steps, you’re ready to whip that pressure washer out and get to work!
The extension wand is handy if you have a two-storey home and for cleaning out your gutters. Keeping your house clean is a snap with the right pressure washer.