Cleaning the outside of your house is very important. Just like anything else, over time your house will become dirtier and dirtier, and you will have to do something about it, or risk the exterior being permanently damaged. Here are some things that you need to know about pressure washing your house.
1. Know How Much Pressure
First of all, you need to consider what kinds of material you have on your house; this will help you to determine just how much pressure you need to wash the house. For example, if you have siding on the house, then you can use a good deal of pressure to clean it. This is also the case for hybrid materials and wood; they are generally strong enough to withstand the heaviest setting on the pressure washer.
If you have stucco or brick, you may be better off using pressure just slightly stronger than a garden hose, or even using a garden hose with a special nozzle to clean the house. If you use too much pressure, you can damage the stucco, so you need to be careful about that.
2. Know When To Use Soap
The next question you will need to ask is whether you need to use soap or not. In most cases, the pressure of the water should be enough to clean off the surface, especially if you are doing it in the right direction. However, in some cases, especially when there is a lot of dirt on the house or when hasn't been washed for a long time, then you may need to put soap into the washer. The washer usually has a special place that you add soap to, and it will disburse it while you spray the water. This can just give it the extra boost it needs to clean stubborn stains.
3. Secure The House
Lastly, before you start pressure washing, make sure that you have secured all of the windows and doors. There are too many people who start to pressure wash their home and realize that they didn't secure something correctly, and next thing you know, they have a flood in the house.
Additionally, don't ever spray the pressure washer directly on a window. The pressure may be too much for it, and it could possibly break. This is why you need to carefully spray on only the exterior and not the windows.
By knowing these things, you can safely clean your house. For professional assistance, contact a company that offers exterior cleaning services.