DIY Power Washing

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    by Artie Wallace

     

    With spring right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up the outside of the house. Power washing is a great place to start.

     

    What are the advantages of power washing?

     

    - Power washing your siding can extend the life of your siding by years.

     

    - Power washing decks will extend the deck life by years.

     

    - Power washing walkways, patios, driveways and foundation walls will keep surfaces free of mold and oil stains and provide a clean and healthy environment for you and your family.

     

    - Power washing your home and its surroundings adds beautification and value to your home.

     

    What you need to know before you power wash:

     

    - Power washers use motors to produce high pressure from an ordinary water supply. The pressure coming out of the power washer can be dangerous if sprayed at a person, so always use caution and keep children (and pets) away when power washing.

     

    - Though power washers can clean pretty good with water pressure alone, it is advisable to use proper cleaners when power washing. There are different cleaners for different surfaces.

     

    - The pressure from a power washer can cause damage to some surfaces, so always test in an out of the way area first.

     

    Types of power washers:

     

    - Gas power washers are very useful. They usually have more pressure than electric power washers, and you don't have to worry about electric cords lying in water.

     

    - Electric power washers are useful. They start with a push of a button, their light weight, and they offer enough pressure for light cleaning jobs.

     

    - Pressure wands do not fall into the category of power washers, but they are a great addition to them. Pressure wands are usually a wand that hooks up to the end of a garden hose. They offer more pressure than a regular hose nozzle and are great for clean ups between power washings.

     

    How to power wash:

     

    - Every power washer comes with its own set of instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions for your power washer.

     

    - Always start in a remote section to test your washer with the surface you're washing.

     

    - Do not start with the nozzle close to the area being cleaned. Start at least nine inches away and slowly work your way closer until you find the appropriate distance.

     

    - Never hold the nozzle in one place. Instead, always work it in a back and forth motion.

     

    - Take your time. Power washing properly is time consuming. Don't rush it.

     

    - Power washers come with different tips. Be sure to use the right tip for the job (see your instruction manual that comes with your power washer).

     

    Recommended power washer and cleaners:

     

    Through the years, I have tried many power washers and cleaners. For a list of recommended products (including power washers), click here or visit our links page at http://rockawayshandyman.vpweb.com/links

     

     

    Please post your comments below and let me know if you found this areicle helpful and/or inmormative.

     

    All comments are greatly appreciated.

     

     

    With over 30 years experience in the home improvement field, Artie Wallace (owner of Rockaways Handyman) can help you with most of your DIY questions. For more information about Artie Wallace or Rockaways Handyman, visit his website at RockawaysHandyman.com, like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/RockawaysHandyman, or email your questions to TheDIYerbyArtieWallace@gmail.com.

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