Pressure washers are incredibly effective for deep cleaning and removing grime. They’re also a great alternative to chemical products, as you can use them on hard surfaces such as brick walkways, concrete driveways, and more.
But what about when you want to clean your siding, patio furniture, or other accessories attached to your home? You’ll want to make sure you avoid using your pressure washer on certain surfaces since it may cause damage. To help you remember which surfaces are best left for the professionals, here is a list of safe surfaces to clean with a pressure washer.
Sidewalks & Driveways
An unsightly oil stain on your driveway or sidewalk can bring down the curb appeal of your house. Fortunately, you can quickly get rid of these stains with a pressure washer.
Pressure washers are designed to shoot water at high velocity through a narrow nozzle, and the water is forced into a tight stream that can blast through dirt and debris on surfaces like concrete, brick, and stone when it comes out of the nozzle. In addition to increasing pressure, some models also offer heating capabilities that help to melt away built-up grease and grime.
Siding & Roofing
A pressure washer can be a handy tool for keeping your house and walkways clean, and it’s also a helpful maintenance tool when it comes to your home’s exterior. That said, there are two places that can be cleaned with a pressure washer with caution: your roof and you’re siding.
Your roof is designed to shed water, not withstand a high-pressure stream of it. Additionally, the materials used in asphalt shingle roofing are sensitive to water damage. Even if you’re careful not to aim the pressure washer directly at the shingles, the stream can create loose granules that protect the shingles from UV rays and help them withstand extreme temperatures. Once the granules are gone, the life of your roof will be shortened.
Our pressure washing experts here at J 3’s Property Enhancements understand how delicate these areas of your home are. With our knowledge, we can safely and efficiently clean dirt, debris, and grime from your siding and roof without causing damage.
Patios & Decks
If you’re planning to clean your deck or patio, you may be wondering whether it is safe to use a pressure washer on its surface. The short answer is: yes, it is entirely safe to clean your deck or patio with a pressure washer – as long as you follow some essential precautions.
For best results, a deck or patio cleaner should be used with pressure washing. After using the cleanser and allowing it sufficient time to soak into the stains, simply turn on the machine and wash away the grime and other debris from the surface of your deck or patio.
Pressure washing these surfaces can be beneficial when it comes time to apply new paint or weatherproofing stain. This gives you an even and smooth surface to work on, allowing the product to penetrate the wood better and give you excellent results.
What Surfaces Are Safe to Clean with a Pressure Washer: Conclusion
Pressure washing is an effective way to kill plant and algae growth, remove mildew, and clean many surface areas around your home. It can also be one of the best ways to deep-clean your home without resorting to chemicals – that being said, it’s always a good idea to check what surfaces you can safely clean with a pressure washer to prevent costly damage.
At J 3’s Property Enhancements, our team of pressure washing professionals knows how to maintain a safe work environment while protecting your home from damage. If you want to freshen up the exterior of your home, contact us today to receive an estimate on your next project!