Under Pressure: The Definitive DIY Pressure Washing Guide

Are you looking to finally getting rid of that ingrained dirt around your home? 

Is it making your pavers look awful? Is it stuck in your bricks and mortar? Is your siding looking like it’s been through an apocalypse?

We all get to a point at some stage where we just say enough is enough. The grime has been creeping in for years and now, suddenly, we realize our home looks 50 years old!

Well, if you’ve been in the situation, you have probably been considering DIY pressure washing. By now you might have even bought yourself a pressure washer from your local hardware store. 

In this article, we will walk you through the best pressure washer technique to get rid of those old stains around your home!

DIY Pressure Washing Prep

It might be attractive to go just go out and attack your house with your new electric pressure washer. But, you probably need to take a few steps beforehand.

Protect Your Plants

Power washing is indeed powerful—and your plants aren’t that strong. Take a bedsheet or tarpaulin and lay it over your plants so that they aren’t torn to shreds by the spray of the washer.

Use Bleach for Mold

You can attack the mold and mildew on your home straight away. But the best way to get rid of it, and to stop it from coming back too quickly, is to first spray it with a bleach product. 

Add (Safe) Detergent

You may also want to add a detergent product when DIY pressure washing. Many pressure washers will have a detergent canister integrated. 

But make sure you aren’t using a detergent that will ruin your plants and soil. Go for green detergent!

DIY Pressure Washing Technique

You want to use nice, easy movements when handling the hose. This will ensure a more even finish to the surface you are washing. It will also be more time-efficient. 

Your pressure washer will likely have different nozzle attachments or even an in-built mechanism for changing the outgoing spray. It’s best to start the job using a spray attachment with a wider arc. 

This will make the pressure slightly lighter and ensure you don’t damage your home. You can slowly build up the pressure as needed. 

You may find that some stains simply won’t come out. For example, if you are trying to remove graffiti, you may need a dedicated Graffiti Removal Company. 

Start Slow, End Strong

When DIY pressure washing, it is often tempting to launch into the cleaning process. This is particularly the case for first-timers. 

However, it is always best to take pressure washing easy, both to clean more efficiently and to protect your home. So, put some music on, grab a drink, and enjoy the beauty of your home as it emerges from the grime. 

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