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Pressure washers have become extremely popular rental options among homeowners looking for fast and efficient cleaning. Pressure washing your siding, deck, and driveway is highly effective if done correctly. That’s the important part. Unfortunately, many are unaware that there are different types of equipment designed for different surfaces. For example, a pressure washer with a high PSI rating is much too powerful for use on siding or decks – you run the risk of damaging the material. The same goes for using the wrong nozzle which can easily strip paint or damage wood. At Josh The Window Cleaner & Power Washing, we can help guide you to the right choice.


The most common mistake DIY pressure washers will run into is applying too much pressure. Unfortunately, the damage this could cause could be costly. It is easy to underestimate the pressure washer’s power, and many first-time attempts will end up carving strips out of wood decking or etching lines into the home’s siding.


When it comes to pressure washing your home, it is important to use the right mix of water and cleaning solution. Many DIY pressure washers make the mistake of only using water, which significantly reduces the cleaning power. In addition, water-only mixtures can spread mold spores around, potentially causing damage to your home. For these reasons, it is important to use the proper ratio of water and cleaning solution when pressure washing your home. At Josh The Window Cleaner & Power Washing, we are trained to disperse our solution at the proper ratios for the best results.


With having close to 20 years in the industry, we’ve learned there’s an art to a thorough house clean. It is difficult to prescribe any single technique because of the vast variance between pressure washer models, but there are some general guidelines that we can share:


1) Although pressure washers are powerful tools, they must be used properly in order to avoid damage to your home. When cleaning the exterior of your house, always start with a broader fan pattern and keep the nozzle moving. This will help avoid concentrated blasts of water that could damage paint or siding. In addition, be sure to hold the pressure washer at the distance recommended in your user manual. Finally, avoid blasting directly into corners, beneath the lip of a window, or into dryer and attic vents. By following these simple tips, you can safely and effectively clean your home’s exterior without damaging any of its delicate features.


2) If you plan to pressure wash your house as well as clean the windows, we recommend pressure washing FIRST. Though not nearly as damaging or permanent a problem is cleaning out of order, which will essentially make your cleaning effort worthless. So that the cost of your rental is paid for nothing. If you wash your windows first and then try to pressure wash, you will end up bathing your sparkling windows in dirt and grime.


3) Electrical hazards are a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. Electric pressure washers can be extremely dangerous if they are not properly grounded and connected. Furthermore, shock hazards around the house can be deadly. It is important to be aware of these dangers and take precautions to protect yourself. First, always make sure that electric pressure washers are properly grounded and connected. Second, beware of shock hazards around the house. If you suspect that there may be a shock hazard, take extra precautions such as wearing rubber-soled shoes. By taking these simple steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of electrical accidents.


For many homeowners, the cost of renting a power washer, transport to and from the rental location, and a wasted day’s effort are simply not worth it. It is often cheaper and easier to invest in a professional house pressure washing service like Josh The Window Cleaner & Power Washing. Not only will you save money in the long run, but you will also avoid the hassle and frustration of trying to do it yourself. First-time DIYers often find that the cost-effectiveness ratio is skewed even more in favor of hiring a professional. So if you’re looking to save time and money, be sure to give Josh The Window Cleaner & Power Washing a call.

To learn more about pressure washing, visit us online at joshthewindowcleaner.net or call us at 330-808-1048