Decorating Your Home

3 Things To Know Before Hiring A Pressure Washing Service

If your house is starting to look a little dirty and dingy, you can hire a residential pressure washing service to give it a thorough cleaning. However, before you hire a company or individual to tackle the job, here are a few things you should know.

1. Pressure Washing is Suitable for a Variety of Structures

Most homeowners know that they can have their homes pressure washed, but many don't realize the full capabilities of pressure washing. You can also have the following structures pressure washed:

  • Wood decks
  • Concrete driveways
  • Fences
  • Tile patios
  • Storage buildings

Before you call a company to pressure wash your home, take a moment to decide if there any other structures on your property overdue for a deep cleaning. Usually, it is a better deal to have everything pressure washed at the same time. If you have the company out for multiple sessions, this typically increases the total cost of the job. 

2. Pressure Washing Technique Varies Depending on Material

When hiring a pressure washing service, it's best to stick with a company that has ample experience pressure washing various types of homes and structures. The cleaning technique for a structure must be adjusted so that it's suitable for the material and design of the structure.

For example, to properly clean a hard, porous structure, like brick or concrete, you usually have to use a nozzle with a stronger PSI to remove all the dirt and grime. If mildew is really caked on to the material, the angle of the pressure washer's handle must be adjusted. Softer wood structures are often cleaned with a slightly lower pressure to avoid damaging them. Stick with a professional pressure washing company that knows the best ways to effectively clean various surfaces.

3. You Can Combine Pressure Washing with a Detergent

Though the power of pressurized water is a great way to clean many surfaces, for extremely filthy surfaces, a detergent needs to be used in conjunction with the pressure washer. Sometimes, it's best to pre-soak the surface with a detergent before pressure washing to help loosen up old or thick layers of grime. 

Talk with your pressure washing company to see if they recommend the use of a detergent for your home. You should also let them know if you have any preferences regarding the type of detergent they use. If you have small children or pets in your home, you may want to have your pressure washing service stick with a detergent that uses non-toxic ingredients.