After a long winter of snow, slush, and dirt build-up on your home, your siding and fencing can look less than stellar in the warm light of spring. Fortunately, a pressure washer can save you a paint job and leave your home looking brighter and cleaner instantly.
How to Pressure Wash Siding
For a big job like washing a house, a gas-powered pressure washer is the best bet. A higher flow rate helps you clean more two to three times more quickly. Siding made of vinyl, brick, steel, aluminum, and stucco are all safe to clean with a pressure washer but be sure to repair any damaged areas in the siding before you begin.
Fill the detergent tank and apply a coat of detergent to one side of the home using the soaping nozzle, then allow the detergent to sit for a few minutes. Be sure to use eye protection while you work.
Once the detergent has set, change the power washer nozzle to a 40-degree spray tip and wash the detergent away. Repeat this process on all sides of the home for sparkling clean siding.
How to Pressure Wash Decks and Fences
The process of pressure washing a deck or fence is similar to pressure washing your home, but you may need to use a utility brush to scrub mildew or mold trapped tight corners.
Avoid applying detergent and pressure washing in areas of direct sunlight, and work with the grain of the wood to spray detergent off of fences or decks. If you’re applying stain or sealer, wait 48 hours for the area to dry.