Whether you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal, or want to sell it, residential pressure washing is one of the best ways to get the job done.
This process blasts away accumulated grime and debris, leaving surfaces clean and new. This is important because toxins in the dirt can contaminate indoor air, and slippery substances like algae can increase the risk of injuries at home.
Choosing a Pressure Washer
A pressure washer is an essential tool for those looking to refresh outdoor surfaces without causing damage. But not all pressure washers are created equal and the equipment you use can have a major impact on both your cleaning results and the surface that you’re working with. When choosing the right pressure washer, consider both the power source and the PSI (pounds per square inch) of the machine.
Electric pressure washers are typically smaller and can operate more quietly than gas models. They can also work in areas where access to an electrical outlet is limited. These models generally offer lower PSI levels, making them best for residential or prosumer use.
Gas-powered pressure washers provide more power and can reach higher PSI ratings, but they require more water (2 to 3 gallons per minute). They are the best choice for larger jobs, such as preparing siding for painting and removing aging stains from decks. They often come with a range of sprayer tips that can help you control the size and spray pattern of the stream.
Choosing a Cleaning Agent
Choosing the right cleaning agent for the job is crucial. It determines whether or not the surface is cleaned completely and whether any damage is caused to the equipment or surfaces. Cleaning agents can vary widely, from abrasives to acids to degreasers. They can also be classified based on their pH, which indicates how alkaline or acidic they are.
Some of the most important things to look for in a cleaning agent are its safety, availability and shelf life. Safety is a top priority because any residues left behind by the cleaning material can cause harm to people who come in contact with them or breathe them in. Availability is another important factor because the cleaner needs to be readily available. It should also have a relatively long shelf life so that it doesn’t lose its effectiveness before it can be used again. Simple Green’s Oxy Solve products are Safer Choice certified, and have been carefully developed to be able to be used with pressure washers without damaging surfaces or the environment.
Using a Pressure Washer
There comes a time in every home when soap and scrub brushes simply won’t cut it anymore. Thankfully, that’s when the pressure washer gets to work. These super-powerful hoses blast surfaces clean with water jets pressurized at a rate of 1500-3000 pounds per square inch (psi). A professional can easily handle the job in a fraction of the time it would take to do it by hand, saving you both money and stress.
The right settings can also prevent damage to the surface of your house. Misuse can cause etching of vinyl or siding, or even chip paint. A quality cleaning company will always make sure the right PSI is used for each project.
A good cleaning company can also save you money on future maintenance bills by preventing problems like moss growth and algae buildup. Regularly scheduled cleanings, done seasonally or at least once a year, can keep your home looking brand new and stop damage before it becomes an issue that requires expensive repair.
Choosing a Cleaning Company
When it comes to choosing a cleaning company, it’s important to choose the right one for the job. A reputable company will be able to provide references from previous clients and should be able to explain their cleaning processes clearly. In addition, they should be willing to answer any questions you have about their services.
If they don’t, be wary of them. You need to understand how they work as you’ll be entrusting them with your valuable assets. They should also be able to tell you about their training and certifications.
Ask about the chemicals they use, as different surfaces require different cleaners. In particular, wood surfaces require milder cleaners than concrete and cement. They should be able to provide you with an estimate before starting the cleaning process. They should also offer satisfaction guarantees. This shows that they’re committed to doing a good job. If they don’t, you should look for a new cleaning company.