Pressure cleaning your home is a great way to make it look almost as good as new. Pressure cleaning can remove dirt, mildew, and other buildup from your home’s exterior and make it look like it just came off the showroom floor. However, pressure cleaning can be a daunting task for many homeowners. That’s why this guide is here to give you the step-by-step instructions to pressure clean your home like a pro. This guide will take you through the process of acquiring the necessary supplies, choosing the right pressure washer, and cleaning your home from top to bottom. With this guide, you’ll be able to pressure clean your home with confidence and make it look like a million bucks. So grab your supplies, put on your cleaning gloves, and get ready to pressure clean your home like a pro!
Gathering the Necessary Supplies
First and foremost, you’ll need the supplies to actually perform the pressure cleaning. These supplies may vary depending on exactly what you want to clean, but you’ll generally want a good pair of work gloves, a respirator mask, eye protection, and a good pair of shoes to protect your feet from injury.
You’ll also want some tools to help you get the job done. A pressure washer cleaning wand, a scrub brush, a scraper, a squeegee, and a garden hose will help you clean your home to perfection. – Then you’ll need the supplies to help protect your home and family members from the chemicals that are used in the pressure washing process. Make sure you have enough water to keep your house from running out of water during the cleaning process, and that you have plenty of towels or other water-absorbent materials you can use to clean up any messes that do occur during the cleaning process
Choosing the Right Pressure Washer
When choosing a pressure washer, you’ll want to make sure it’s powerful enough to do the job at hand. The general rule of thumb is to choose a pressure washer with a PSI rating of around 2000 for light cleaning (exterior walls, windows, paths, etc.) and 3000 for heavier cleaning (deck, driveway, small concrete areas, etc.).
You’ll also want to consider the GPM rating of the pressure washer when choosing. The GPM rating will tell you how much water the pressure washer can hold at one time. The higher the GPM rating is, the less time you’ll have to spend refilling your pressure washer with water. – Finally, you’ll want to make sure the pressure washer you choose is the right type. There are three basic types of pressure washers: the gas-powered pressure washer, the electric pressure washer, and the gas-powered/electric hybrid pressure washer. Choose the type that best suits your needs and will get the job done most efficiently.
Preparing the Exterior of Your Home
Before you even think about turning on your pressure washer, you’ll want to prepare the exterior of your home for cleaning. This will make the cleaning process more efficient and reduce your chances of damaging your home. – First, check for loose or broken siding or other exterior parts that may need to be repaired before cleaning. If you find any damaged pieces, you’ll want to repair them before cleaning so they don’t get damaged by the pressure washer’s water.
Next, remove any loose dirt or debris from your home’s exterior. A broom or a garden hose with a nozzle attachment can be used for this process. – Finally, use a garden hose to wet down your home’s exterior. Make sure you wet down your home’s exterior thoroughly, but don’t drench it. You just want to make sure the exterior of your home is wet enough to allow the soap to stick to it and be easily removed when you begin the cleaning process.
Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior Walls
Before you begin cleaning your home’s exterior walls, you’ll want to make sure your pressure washer is equipped with a soap nozzle.
Then you’ll want to start by cleaning your home’s lower walls. You can do this by spraying soap on the lower portion of your wall and then scrubbing it off with a scrub brush.
For your home’s upper exterior walls, you’ll want to start from the top and work your way down. Make sure you clean both sides of the wall as you go.
You can finish cleaning your home’s exterior walls by spraying soap on the walls and then using a squeegee to clean the soap off.
Pressure Washing Your Home’s Deck
Since decks are one of the most frequently pressure cleaned areas of a home, you’ll want to follow a general cleaning process for them. This will help you get a good idea of how to best clean your own deck.
First, you’ll want to make sure the deck is properly wet. You can do this by starting at one end of the deck and spraying water down the deck until it reaches the other end.
After the deck is properly wet, you can then begin to soap up the deck. You can do this by spraying the deck with soap and then scrubbing the soap into the wood to make sure it’s nice and soap-y.
Finally, you’ll want to use a squeegee to remove the soap from your deck. You can do this in the same way you removed soap from your home’s exterior walls by starting at one end of the deck and working your way to the other end.
Pressure Cleaning Your Home’s Pathways
Much like cleaning your deck, you can follow a general process when cleaning your home’s pathways.
For pathways that are made of concrete, you’ll want to start by spraying down the concrete with water. You can do this by starting at one end of the pathway and spraying water with a nozzle attachment or a garden hose until the water reaches the other end.
When cleaning pathways made of dirt or another loose surface, you’ll want to use a broom to sweep the surface before spraying it with water.
Pressure Cleaning Your Home’s Driveway
The most important thing to keep in mind when cleaning your home’s driveway is that it’s made of concrete. This means you’ll want to use a different cleaning process than you would for pathways made of dirt.
For your concrete driveway, you’ll want to start by spraying water on the driveway. Then you can use a broom to scrub the water into the concrete. You can finish cleaning your concrete driveway by spraying it with soap and then using a squeegee to clean the soap off.
Finishing Up the Pressure Cleaning Process
Now that you’ve finished cleaning your home’s exterior, it’s time to finish up the pressure cleaning process.
You’ll first want to make sure the exterior of your home is completely dry. You can do this by simply waiting for the water to dry or by using a towel to wipe away any excess water.
Next, you’ll want to make sure your pressure washer is completely clean. This will make sure your washer is safe to store for future use and will help extend its life as well.
After you’ve cleaned your pressure washer, make sure you store it in a safe place. You’ll want to avoid storing your pressure washer in an area where it will get knocked around or damaged.
Caring for Your Pressure Washer After Use
After you’ve finished using your pressure washer, you’ll want to make sure you properly clean it. This will help extend the life of your pressure washer and keep it safe to use again in the future.
First, you’ll want to make sure the pressure washer is unplugged. You wouldn’t want to get hurt by accidentally running it with the power button pushed.
Next, use a garden hose with a nozzle attachment to clean off any dirt or debris from the rest of the equipment.