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Tips for Power Washing the Outside of Your Home

Cleaning your home’s exterior is not as easy as the typical cleaning tasks for the inside of a home. Power washing the outside of your home is a great way to remove dirt and other debris. Several years ago, power washing was something professionals did. Today, however, anyone can power wash their house with the right tools. If you think you are up to this task, here are a few tips to help you.

Choose the Right Tool

When you are selecting a tool, you should evaluate the gallons per minute and the pounds per square inch. Most people prioritize GPM. A higher GPM can help you clean faster and more effectively. It is also a good idea to look for a tool that allows you to use cleaning products as well. When you add cleaning solution to a power washer, it is much easier to clean the exterior of your home. If you just have water, it could take longer.

Pick the Right Pressure Setting

Most of the time, you will not need the highest pressure setting for an effective cleaning. It is usually better to choose a low setting that will not harm the outside of your house. In most cases, a PSI between 1,300 to 1,600 is plenty to clean your home.

Protect Your Valuables

Before you begin pressure washing your home, it is a good idea to protect your valuables. In particular, make sure that your cars are out of harm’s way. It is also a good idea to rinse your plants in water. This will dilute some of the chemicals that might land on the plants so they do not die.

Don’t Forget About Safety

It is especially important to prioritize safety when you are tackling a new project like power washing. Make sure that you know how to operate the machinery before you turn it on. When you are using it, pay close attention to where you are spraying. By doing so, you can minimize the likelihood of hazards. You should also wear safety gear that will provide additional protection. Boots, gloves, glasses, ear protection, pants, and long sleeved shirts are all good ideas for increased safety.

Understand the Limitations

While power washing is extremely effective, it is not a miracle worker. For example, oil spots are often difficult to remove. Also, many people get tired after spraying for an extended period of time. Be aware of these limitations so you do not overdo it and cause harm.

When you follow these tips, it is easy to power wash your home. You will love the results that come from this project.

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