Older homes equally need a good cleaning from time to time, however, due to their age, the materials can be fragile, so it is vital they get special attention and care. Because the level of pressure is too high or the wood has softened, the surfaces can be damaged all too often during the pressure washing process. This damage can be costly to repair, especially so in older homes. Bearing this in mind, we at Woodedge Powerwashing would like to take the opportunity list some steps to take if you insist in doing the pressure cleaning project yourself.
Pressure Wash an Older House from Further Away
It is too common for people to want to put the nozzle closer to the surface as a first impulse to attack tougher looking stains. This tactic may remove the stain, but it will likely take entire chunks of wood or mortar as well as it digs the stains out. Keep the nozzle at least one foot away at all times to significantly reduce the risk of surface damage.
Reduce the Pressure when Cleaning Older Homes
On older homes, especially wood homes, some pressure washers are too powerful to be used. They may be applicable for driveway cleaning, however, other wood surfaces, particularly if wood rot is present, can result in serious surface damage. Still remain one foot away from the surface, lower the pressure to 1500 psi if possible.
Utilize a Wide Stream when Pressure Cleaning
Many pressure washing equipment features an adjustable nozzle that permits you to change the flow of water from a single stream to a wide fan. Use a wide fan that spreads out the pressure on older homes and stay away from the single stream. You can easily cause severe damage to a wood surface when you use the powerful single stream.
Killing Mold with Vinegar
A great option for removing mildew from the exterior of the home is the versatile use of white vinegar. Pour some white vinegar into a squirt bottle and generously spray the affected surface, allow it to soak in for a few minutes. Follow up with the power washer to rinse the vinegar and mildew away. You may need to use a strong scrub brush and soap and water to remove mildew in the event the vinegar was ineffective at loosening it up.
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Applying these above-mentioned steps can help you avoid surface damage if you should take on the responsibility of power washing your older home. Always keep in mind that should you cause any damage, the cost for repairs can be quite expensive. Generally, especially true for older homes, you should invest in a dependable professional to ensure the pressure washing is done safely and efficiently. Not only can pressure washing yourself be dangerous for your home, but I can be potentially harmful to you or others. To keep you, others, and your property safe, and ensure your home power washed effectively, call in the professionals of Woodedge Powerwashing. Our qualified experts have all the safe, yet effective, products, powerful equipment, skills and know how to make certain the service is done right.