Pressure Washing Tips for the Perfect Clean

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Pressure washing is a great way to clean your home’s exterior quickly and efficiently. It doesn’t take much time at all, the results are fantastic, and it will help you sell your home faster. In addition to exterior surfaces such as siding or brick, pressure washing can be used on most outdoor surfaces including decks, patios,.

Here are pressure washing tips for the perfect clean.

Start from the bottom up

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This tip applies most to driveways, sidewalks and other areas where dirt tends to accumulate over time. By working from the ground up with a pressure washer you will avoid introducing water damage by blasting away any previously set in dirt or mud.

Take care of your equipment

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Make sure you shop around and find a pressure washer that is perfect for your needs – gas, electric, cold water – and always keep it maintained and tuned after each use. This will make sure you get the best results possible and increase the life of your pressure washer.

Be patient

This tip applies to any type of surface material from acrylic siding to wood decks to vinyl fencing. Always take extra time on those surfaces that are difficult to clean such as treated lumber or darkly stained fencing as they require more delicate attention . Pressure washing every surface as if it were a deck will just damage a good board or finish.

Use a nozzle suited for the job

For general cleaning, use a 40 degree or less spray nozzle. For more delicate surfaces use a 20-25 degree option as it provides enough pressure to remove dirt and grime yet is not as harsh as a power washer with a 0 degree nozzle attached.

Don’t forget the edges

Use your wand tip to clean along fascia boards, window frames and other edges where dirt builds up. This ensures that everything around your home is spotless and deal s with those hard to reach places .

Be careful of plants

While some plants adore being watered from above by any available faucet, most will not enjoy the blast from your pressure washer. Make sure you pay attention to your landscaping and choose plantings that can handle getting wet without needing excessive amounts of water.

Proper detergent is a must

Always use the right product for the job. You don’t want to use chlorine bleach or other potentially harmful chemicals on your home’s siding, so make sure you know what you are using and why before blasting away at your home with soap and chemicals. The type of soap used matters as well – some pressure washers call for specific types of soap meant only for exterior surfaces while others work just fine with dishwashing liquid.

Avoid using heat

If it gets really hot where you live chances are that your pressure washer will be forced to work overtime when removing dirt and grime. To avoid overheating the pump, let it rest periodically, replace worn hoses regularly and use a garden hose or water source to keep your equipment cool.

Use a good scrapper

A stiff bristled brush will allow you to get at those tough areas such as driveways and concrete patios where sludge tends to build up over time from rainwater runoff . Even though you have taken great pains to remove all of the dirt before starting with your pressure washer, taking a little extra time now means less work for you down the road.

Avoid power washing toxic surfaces

If you live in an area that is home to poisonous snakes or other creatures then be mindful when cleaning areas like your garage or storage sheds. While this may sound unbelievable, dying snakes can be blasted away with high pressure water potentially creating a harmful situation for the next person to come along .


If you are just starting to use a pressure washer, take your time and don’t try to do it all in one day. With some helpful tips even the toughest cleaning jobs can go smoothly if approached with patience, care and proper equipment . Follow these 10 tips for fast , effective pressure washer results without causing unnecessary damage.

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