What Is Pressure Washing?

Pressure Washing is a process of using high-powered jets of water to clean mud, dirt, mildew, mold, loose paint, moss and other residue from outdoor surfaces. It’s especially good at dislodging ingrained grime and materials, such as salt from concrete, chewing gum on sidewalks or grease stains on driveways, but it’s also useful for cleaning a wide range of exterior surfaces including brick, wood, stucco, asphalt and vinyl.

A professional power washer can make short work of tough cleaning tasks that would take a long time to do manually. The heat of the spray helps break down materials like stains and mold, making them easier to rinse away. Unlike a sponge mop, the high-powered water can also reach into tight spaces between joints and crevices where dust and debris may have settled over the years.

The best way to choose a pressure washer is to consider your specific needs and budget. There are gas and electric models available, both with varying PSI (pounds per square inch) and GPM (gallons per minute). You’ll also want to pay attention to the recommended surface types for each model. Before getting started, test out your power washer on a small area of your chosen surface to ensure that it’s safe to use at the desired settings. Also, be sure to wear protective clothing and eyewear when working with a pressure washer.

In addition to making homes and businesses look more appealing, regularly scheduled Pressure Washing can actually save money in the long run by preventing damage. Dirt and grime that is left unattended can lead to the growth of bacteria and vermin, which in turn can contaminate indoor spaces. Regularly scheduled pressure washing prevents these issues from developing in the first place, and as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

While it’s possible to rent a gas or electric power washer, you can also hire a professional to do the work for you. Before starting your project, it’s important to prepare the work area by removing or covering items that could get wet, and by relocating any potted plants or furniture. You’ll also want to reposition or cover any lighting or sound systems that could be in the path of the spray. Finally, shut off any outlets that are in the area you’re cleaning to avoid water and electricity mixing.