Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog! It’s that time of year again, when everyone EXCEPT mother nature knows its—spring cleaning! We all know through the wear and tare of the year it can take a toll on the house; that’s why we’re here with a quick 1, 2, 3 good as new home remedy. Today we are going to go over the does and don’ts of pressure washing your house.
- don’t mix bleach and ammonia
- use caution with ladder
- always wear protective eye gear
- **ALWAYS USE CAUTION when using a pressure washer. Be sure to check the area for any possible hazards. Make sure everyone on the property also knows to stay away, they can cause extreme harm. Inspect the machine to ensure it is in the proper condition. See the owner’s manual for any questions**
- cover all plants
- repair all damages
- apply bleach with brush
- let detergent sit 5-10 min. before use
- use an extender to avoid pressure washing on a ladder
- detergent depends on siding texture
- be aware of powerlines
- turn off all exterior power
- avoid full pressure on masonry or vinyl
THINGS YOU NEED:
- Trisodium phosphate ( 1/3 to 2/3 cups at your local store)
- 1 gallon of water – mix with trisodium phosphate until dissolved
- large bucket
- laundry detergent
- long handle brush
- garden hose
- plastic wrap/tarp
- white vinegar
- protective eyewear
- Check all of the siding and gutters make sure to repair all damages before pressure washing. Use tarp and tape to cover all plants and lights to ensure no damagte is done to them. Use a brush and scrub off all visible mildew.
- Mix the trisodium phosphate and water… for every 1 gallon of water mix 1/3 cups of trisodium phosphate (this may change depending on your type of pressure washer/siding.)
- Connect the hose to the pressure washer, make sure it is completely attached before turning the water on. Stand at least three feet from the house and test the pressure.
After completing those 3 easy steps you are now ready to transform your beautiful home again.
Tips for different Types of Siding
Vinyl- avoid door/window frames
Aluminum- avoid panel overlap
Wood- wet before applying detergent
Stucco- 2 ft from surface