Do you have tough stains that you just can’t seem to get out by hand? The solution to this problem is pressure cleaning. It can also be used when the area of the stain is just too overwhelming for hand scrubbing. Pressure cleaning uses a high velocity water spray to get rid of dirt, grime, mildew, or other residues tightly glued to the house. By performing regular maintenance cleaning, you end up saving a lot of money in the future. It is important to clean your house not only to keep things looking tidy and presentable but also to maintain functionality and a healthy environment. There are many situations when pressure cleaning is necessary but, before you decide to hire professional help, here are some helpful DIY tips to consider.
Of course hiring a professional is an efficient and effective way to get the cleaning done. If you have never used a pressure washer before and lack the experience of pressure washing then hiring help would be a smart option. Power washing uses a great deal of power and without the proper knowledge, you can unknowingly and accidentally cause an enormous amount of damage to your house. Areas of the house that call for a steady and skilled hand like the windows or siding should be professionally done. However, stains found on your driveway, patio, or deck can be done yourself with the following tips in mind.
It is important that you keep three things in mind when shopping for your ideal pressure washer: water pressure, gallons per minute, and the price. The water pressures can range from 1,000 p.s.i. (pounds per square inch) to 4,000+ p.s.i. The gallons per minute means that the volume of water the machine produces depends upon the pressure, usually ranging from 1 to 4. Lastly, the price of pressure washers vary quite dramatically. An electric pressure washer is one of the cheaper options, a little less than a $100, working up to a large gasoline-powered washer, a more expensive choice, starting at $1,000. However, despite the prices, you want to pick the pressure washer that is ideal for your situation. For example, if you are planning to clean your car with a pressure washer, a washer of 1,000 to 1,300 p.s.i is sufficient. But, if you are deciding to pressure wash your siding or clean a sidewalk then you would need a 2,400 p.s.i+ power machine.
Some stains, in addition to power washing may need to be paired with certain chemicals for the best results. Some blasting methods include: sodablasting, sandblasting, and dry ice blasting. Sodablasting cleans multi-layered surfaces and is non-corrosive. Sandblasting is meant for heavier duty projects that require stripping and abrasion. Dry ice blasting fires dry ice pellets that change into gaseous substances upon impact. Both the sodablasting and dry ice blasting methods are safe around food equipment. Whatever method you decide to go with, it is smart to be aware of all your options and complete the necessary research before starting the job.