Are you trying to keep the exterior elements of your property washed along with cleaned all through the spring, summer and autumn seasons? But don’t know what the best way to do it is? That is why today we are talking about pressure washing the exterior of your home.
Pressure Washing The Exterior Of Your Home
You might have your to-do list and feel the need to have numerous features around the outside of your property rinsed. So the logical thing is that you first need to make a decision on is whether to use an electric vs. a gas pressure washer. So which one is ideal for your cleaning needs? First let’s look at the differences between electric and gas pressure washers and then why each of them would work for you.
The first question that is commonly asked is: ‘How bad are the stains that you are trying to clean up? While professionals prefer to work with a gas pressure washer, the electric pressure washer is a good option for your average DIY homeowner. Both types of pressure washers can be rented or owned. If you aren’t going to use it very often then renting is a good option. But if you want to use it whenever you want then it makes sense to buy one. But both types of washers have their advantages and disadvantages.
Whether you are renting or you own a pressure it is good to start at a low PSI and then gradually work your way up to prevent damage. 2,500-3,000 is a good PSI to use. Make sure that you are always working in 25-40 degree angles to reduce the initial pressure and to avoid damage. Good tips to use are the green and white ones. Make sure that you work consistently and methodically to avoid making patterns. And always use safety goggles because the pressure washer is very strong and can hurt you if you aren’t careful.
Electric vs. Gas Pressure Washer
These are good for the average DIY-er because they are smaller and lighter to use. And since it runs off a battery it is important to make sure that it is fully charged before you begin. They are also great for light year-round cleaning that you may have. And electric pressure washers also take up less space than a gas pressure washer does. A drawback that they have is that they don’t get the harder stains like gas pressure washers can.
Because it has more strength and voltage the gas pressure washer is able to work through the hard stains unlike the electric. But they also tend to be heavier and bigger since it has an tank and a powerful engine. Since the gas pressure washer has fumes it is better to work with it outside or with proper ventilation. Gas pressure washers are a great option to use if you plan on using a pressure washer a few times a year and need a lot of strength. Because it takes up a lot of storage space in your shed or garage, renting a gas pressure washer would be a good thing to rent if you are short on storage space.
Areas To Clean
While you are deciding on whether to use an electric or a gas pressure washer make up a list of the areas that you want to clean. Because pressure washers are great to use seasonally to clean these areas:
- House Siding (including vinyl, cedar, and aluminum siding)
- Yard Furniture
- Brick Pavers
These areas work with gentle cleanings a few times a year. But definitely once at the beginning of the warm season, in the middle of summer and right before fall ends. It is also important to make sure that all surfaces are sanded after they are washed so that any new paint or stain can adhere to the surface better.
Lotz of Logic
If you aren’t comfortable handling and using a gas pressure washer on your own call a professional contractor to come and tackle the gas pressure washer and tough stains for you. Whether it’s with an electric or a gas pressure washer, using it to clean your outdoor areas makes them look brand new. As you routinely clean the outside areas of your home this is a good time to notice if there are any small issues that may be starting to come up. But no matter which one you pick to use always call a professional if you need help since they have stronger equipment and can do the pressure washing right. And make sure you know the benefits of pressure washing aluminum siding. This is why pressure washing the exterior of your home is important.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on pressure washing, give me a call. My team and I have been serving St. Charles, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Geneva, Batavia, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.