After a long, harsh winter, the exterior of your home can begin to look a little dirty, dingy, and moldy. With the season starting to change, spring is the perfect time to conquer this mess! A good power washing will not only improve the looks of your home, but it will clear away any harmful contaminates that have accumulated over time. If you are going to tackle pressure washing on your own, here are some tips on how to do so safely!
- Always refer to the owner’s manual before you begin. Even if you’ve used the machine before, it’s a good idea to go over the directions for use to re-associate yourself with all the moving parts.
- Never point a power washer at yourself or others. The amount of pressure that comes out of the nozzle is enough to do serious damage to your skin and can easily cause tears or abrasions.
- Always test the circuit breaker before using the power washer. Electric shock can occur if you overload a circuit, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Ensure that your circuit breaker has enough voltage to power the pressure washer.
- Stay on the ground while operating a power washer. If you try to use a pressure washer while standing on a ladder, you risk falling off of the ladder. Always be aware of the potential kickback once you start spraying.
- Know the correct distance you should be spraying from. If you stand too close to the surface you are cleaning, you’ll be sprayed with dirt, dust, and other debris. If you stand too far away from the surface, you won’t get a deep enough clean.
- Make sure you are using the right cleaning chemicals inside the power washer. This will ensure that you are getting a deep clean without damaging the surface. It’s also important to make sure you are using the correct nozzle depending on the job you are doing to avoid damaging the surface.
- Keep the power washer’s cord away from any running water. Electronic devices do not mix with water, so ensure that the power cord is kept away from any spraying water or pools of water that form while using a pressure washer.
Power washing can be a dangerous experience or can cause costly damage to your home if done incorrectly. Yakima painters have been trained to safely use power washers and are able to clean dirt from even the smallest crevices of your home. If you are having any doubts about doing a powerwash job yourself, call a professional to have your home cleaned properly and efficiently!