Pressure washing is one of those procedures that homeowners have probably heard of but don’t know much about aside from the fact that it involves water being expelled at high pressure. But this is a form of cleaning and maintenance that can be extremely effective at beautifying your home and instantly improving its curb appeal.
That’s because pressure washing won’t just help to wash away those stubborn stains as a result of mold and mildew growth it can also clear away debris and various build-up that can attract pests and vermin if left there too long.
If you’re planning on putting the house up on the market, you would much rather attract new buyers instead and if you want to give your property a whole new lease on life, it pays to pressure wash your home, your pavers, and your driveway. Anything that is immediately visible to passersby and guests who approach your home could do well with getting pressure washed.
Many homeowners will opt to do this sort of work annually, to keep their home and surroundings looking fresh and clean, either on their own or through a professional cleaning service. However, this type of cleaning method could prove somewhat dangerous for those who are unfamiliar with how to operate a pressure washer and misuse might result in your home being damaged.
That’s why it’s critical that you know where you’re doing first.
Why Pressure Washing?
A pressure washer is a device that expels a high-pressure water spray for the purposes of clearing out and removing everything from old and chipped paint to mud to grime and dust, even hard to remove items like chewing gum, tree sap, and staining from mold and mildew. Most pressure washers can expel multiple gallons of water in under a minute but most pressure washers will allow you to adjust the force of the water through the unloader valve.
Most machines range between 750 psi to as much as 30,000 psi on many professional-grade units.
The type of pressure washer you use will have a distinct impact on the level of efficacy of your cleaning job. If what you are planning to remove isn’t particularly stubborn and won’t require significant levels of force, then you can rent a unit from your local hardware store and do the work yourself.
For those jobs that will require a substantial level of force, you may want to consider hiring a professional service like the renew crew southern new hampshire, as our equipment is much stronger than those commercial machines that you can rent for the day. Professional pressure washers have the level of torque needed to eradicate even the most difficult layers of dirt and grime.
Improving Your Home’s Exterior
Curb appeal is very important, whether it’s for your own personal enjoyment of your home or you’ve put it up on the market to sell. When your home has exceptional curb appeal, people notice.
There are many different ways to increase your home’s curb appeal and pressure washing the exterior of your home is a great start. Unfortunately, that’s where many homeowners stop, leaving their driveway and pavers to remain dirty and grimy.
But you’re smarter than that, because you know the exterior walls of your house are only one part of improving your home’s curb appeal. The other areas that tend to get neglected are the ones that can actually do the most to decrease that curb appeal and they should not be overlooked.
So have that pressure washer do the important work of clearing away the unsightly layers of filth that have accumulated on your driveway and your pavers.
The way to do that is by first taking away all items and objects are located on your pavers, such as furniture, plants, any items that can be knocked over or washed away from the high-powered spray coming from the nozzle of your pressure washer. After that, you should clear out any weeds and other debris that has cropped up in between your pavers. The purpose of this exercise is to be thorough and complete about cleaning the whole area around here.
Once you’ve cleared the area, you can begin by wetting everything in the vicinity such as the stones and cement. Then get a stiff brush and remove all of the dirt and grime you see. Take your time and really get into those hard to reach places. After you’re satisfied with the job you’ve done, get your pressure washer and spray down everything you just worked on.
When you’re finished and the area has dried fully, you can then refill the areas that were washed with fresh sand or some other filler of your choice.
Your driveway is going to be a much easier job, spray evenly and thoroughly from one end to the other, being careful to clear away anything in your path and focusing on those hard to clean spots. Using a detergent of your choice will also make this task much easier. But always wet the driveway first, before you begin to pressure wash, much the same way you did with the pavers.