Did you know that curb appeal is essential when you sell your home? If you want to boost your curb appeal by pressure washing your home, we can help.
In this guide, we’ll go over how to pressure wash a house.
Want to learn more? Keep reading.
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Protect Your Landscape
Before you begin, cover your garden and shrubbery with plastic sheeting or drop cloth.
You can secure the cloth or sheeting with duct tape.
Wear Eye Protection
Before you do anything else, get a pair of safety-rated sunglasses. Protect your eyes to avoid eye injuries.
A lot of people work around their house without eye protection. Make sure you get safety goggles or glasses.
Make the Solution
Next, you’ll want to follow the instructions for your detergent with mildewcide. You can get this solution from a hardware store or where you rented the machine.
Mix the solution with water in a big bucket. Pour the solution into your garden sprayer.
Prepare the Pressure Washer
Before washing, you’ll want to prepare the pressure washer. Look for the hose mount on the back of the washer.
Attach the garden hose to this mount and the hose faucet on the exterior of the home.
For difficult surfaces, use a 15-degree spray nozzle. For a softer surface, pick a 30-degree nozzle.
Is your house a two-story structure? Clean the top floor first. Attach the extension wand and scaffolding beforehand.
Position the scaffolding far enough from the wall so you can stand in the middle of the structure.
Spray Your Home
Next, you’re going to spray a 10-foot section of your home with the mildewcide solution. Start from the bottom. You’ll want to work your way up.
Firmly scour the siding of the house with a soft siding brush. Working up is more effective.
If you begin from top to bottom, the liquid will run down the wall and obscure sections. You might end up overlooking dirtier spots.
You might need to move a little further away to remove the section’s dirt without damaging it. Gauge the cleaning power.
After you have found the right distance, begin at the top of the scrubbed part. Spray the overhangs first, and slowly work your way down.
To keep water from getting below the siding, reach up and angle the sprayer at a 45-degree angle.
Finish up Cleaning
Keep repeating these steps until you clean the entire house. After you finish, put away the plastic sheeting and drop cloths.
Pack up the equipment and cleaning agents. Wait two days for the exterior to dry well.
Learn about the best time of year for pressure washing.
Now You Know How to Pressure Wash a House
We hope this guide on pressure washing your house was helpful. Now that you have some useful tips on how to pressure wash a house, set aside a weekend to complete this job.
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