For many homeowners, power washing is a fast and effective way to clean large surfaces, such as decks, driveways and other parts of the home. An increasing number of homeowners are opting to buy or rent their own pressure washers rather than hiring a professional power washing service. While this can certainly save money, what many do-it-yourselfers don’t realize is that a power washing professional will often have many tricks up his or her sleeve to make the cleaning process even more efficient.
Here’s a look at some of the helpful techniques a professional power washing service will often use:
1. LOW-PRESSURE WASHING
The whole purpose of power washing is to blast away grime with a high-pressure stream of water. But too much pressure can cause significant damage to whatever your washing. Among homes in Edmonton, power washing with too much pressure has permanently damaged many a wood deck, for example. A wise power washing professional is aware of the potential for damage and knows when to dial down the pressure.
2. CLEANING AGENTS
While most homeowners consider the water jet from a pressure washer to be sufficient for thorough cleaning, a skilled professional power washing service will employ the use of cleaning agents to maximize its cleaning potential. Cleaning agents help lessen the power washer’s workload so not as much pressure is required to do the job. (A power washing professional will typically combine less pressure with a wider wand nozzle so as not to sacrifice water flow.) A quality company will even use its own proprietary, biodegradable cleaners to help wash away mold, mildew and dirt without harming the environment.
3. HOT WATER PRESSURE WASHING
Hot water can clean much more effectively than cold water, and professional pressure washing equipment is often modified to include a burner that heats the water up to 99 degrees Celsius. A professional will also know when NOT to use water that’s too hot – such as on vinyl siding, which can warp.
4. DIFFERENT NOZZLES
Using different nozzles can also make a power washing professional more productive. A turbo or rotary nozzle, for example, can be more effective at cleaning some surfaces than the typical fan-shaped nozzle. Another useful tool is a surface cleaner, which appears similar to a floor buffer and saves time and energy by cleaning a wider area with each pass.