Ways to Power Wash Your Home

A power washer is a powerful tool that can be used to clean just about anything from cars to decks and bricks. And many homeowners are either borrowing their neighbor’s unit or buying one of the relatively inexpensive power washers available at home-improvement stores to use around the house.

Here are some ways to power wash your home.

Remove Gum From Sidewalk

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Ever stepped in gum on the sidewalk? If you don’t want to pull out your scraper and hot water, just grab a power washer. It’ll blast the gum right off the sidewalk so it doesn’t stick too much to your shoe or flip-flop.

Clean Driveway or Garage Floor

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A power washer can also be used to clean your garage floor by blasting away oil, dirt, grime and mud stains before they become permanent. A power washer’s strong spray will even penetrate through tough stains on asphalt or concrete driveways, where oil drips from cars have left unsightly blemishes over time. While you’re at it, don’t forget about other surfaces in the garage. The walls and ceiling often get dirty too; a pressure washer can blast away cobwebs and grime on wood garage doors.

Clean Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture like patio chairs, chaise lounges and tables can be notoriously difficult to clean with soap and water. They’re usually made of various materials that need different types of cleaners to remove dirt and stains, so it’s easier just to use a power washer instead. It’ll cut down your cleaning time significantly while saving you from having to buy several cleaners for all the different surfaces on your patio furniture.

Remove Mold or Mildew

Your home is likely susceptible to mold if there’s little ventilation in the bathroom or kitchen, or if it gets damp at any point. If you have a problem with mold and mildew, use a power washer to blast away the spores and their roots so they don’t multiply and grow bigger. Keep in mind that the power washer’s powerful spray can damage surrounding surfaces like walls, floors, etc…if they’re too close to the affected area. Be sure to keep your distance when cleaning with water pressure.

Clean Stucco or Siding

If you have stucco on your home, you know how tough it is to remove dirt from its surface. Fortunately, a pressure washer has enough force behind it to break through the dirt without damaging the siding itself. Just be sure not to direct the spray toward your windows or other home surfaces, since its powerful pressure could leave lasting damage.

Wash Away Graffiti

Graffiti is often difficult to remove once it’s sprayed onto a surface; oftentimes heavy-duty solvents are needed that can be harmful to the environment and you. These harsh chemical cleaners tend to break down the surface too much, which then takes away from the paint job you’re trying to restore. It’s easier (and safer) just to use a power washer instead; it’ll blast away graffiti right off surfaces like brick or concrete where it’s been painted with aerosol cans rather than damaging the existing paint on your walls.


Using a pressure washer is an easy, affordable way to tackle dirt and grime on your home without having to buy expensive cleaners or other tools. Just keep in mind that the water pressure can damage surfaces if they’re too close, so be sure to read up on safety measures before trying out these power-washing tips.

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