Frequently Asked Pressure Washing Questions - Answered By Profusion Pressure Washing
Here at Profusion Pressure Washing, we understand that pressure washing is new for many homeowners and that not everyone is pressure washing professionals. With that in mind, we are dedicated to making your home restoration process a little less confusing! We have been in this industry for a couple of years, and we are confident and eager to offer you all of the knowledge and expertise that we possess for you to find the right solutions for your home.
Can I Use High Pressure Washing On My Wood Surfaces?
Wood, like any other part of your home, can become damaged over time and require maintenance. However, a pressure washer can ruin your wood surfaces if it is not used correctly. A pressure washer is powerful enough to etch brick, but if you know what you're doing, it can also be gentle enough to wash siding. South American hardwoods such as Ipe, Camaru, and Tigerwood are perfect for high-pressure wood cleaning.
However, If you use too much jet pressure or place the tip of the tool too close to pressure-treated wood, you could deeply etch the wood, causing the fibers to splinter. When attempting to pressure wash wood surfaces, knowing which wood you're working with and selecting the right tip and pressure is imperative. If you are trying this on your own, start with pressure as low as possible. While hardwoods may be able to handle high pressure, softer woods need to be cleaned with lower pressures.
It is important to remember that a pressure washer is a powerful and dangerous tool if you aren't skilled. You can use high pressure on wood surfaces, but it is not recommended that you attempt to clean the wood with this pressure by yourself. A professional pressure washing company can get the job done right while cleaning the surface thoroughly, removing any environmental pollutants, and protecting your home from any damage.
What's the Difference Between Pressure Washing and Soft Washing?
Soft washing and pressure washing are both effective ways to wash your home's exterior. Pressure washing uses highly pressurized water to forcefully remove dirt and grime from any surface that it encounters. However, pressure washing, although effective, does pose some risk of damage to your property. On the other hand, soft washing is a much gentler technique that forgoes much of that pressurization in favor of cleaning chemicals. The latter is the safer method for both your home and the environment.
How Often Should I Wash My House?
How often you pressure wash your home depends on where you live and what kind of environment you live in. While some homeowners may need to pressure wash every few months, a good rule of thumb to follow is to clean the exterior thoroughly at least once every year, with additional cleanings added as circumstances warrant them.
Do You Use Harsh Chemicals When Pressure Washing
No, when using harsh chemicals, you should use soft washing in place of pressure washing. Soft washing is used to preserve the client's home better. Pressure washing involves high pressure which can cause incidents of blowing shingles off the roof, or oxidizing metals around the home. Pressure washing with chemicals can change the color of the surface that you are pressure washing, and it might cause burns. Pressure washing with harsh chemicals can also kill your lawn and other plants and affect your eyesight if you don't wear protective eyewear. If you are going to pressure wash, try detergent and cleansers before using a harsh chemical.