Cleaning the exterior of your home can be difficult if you try to do it by hand. Luckily, pressure washers can make the process quick and easy. While using a pressure washer may seem intimidating, it doesn't have to be. With a little preparation and these three tips, you can make pressure washing your home an easy DIY project.
1. Start With The Lowest Setting
If you are like most people, you probably think that you need to turn the pressure washer up to the highest setting. However, this is simply not true. In fact, using the highest setting could actually damage the exterior of your home. So instead of cranking the machine up, use the lowest setting possible. If you find that it just isn't getting the job done, move it up a setting. This will ensure that the exterior of your home gets clean, without causing any damage.
2. Consider Extra Tools
While you can certainly get the job done without any additional tools, it may not be as easy. It all depends on your home. For example, if you have a two or three story home, you may want to get an extension wand. Although a simple tool, the extension wand can make it much easier to clean the higher levels of your home.
You might also want to get a brush attachment. If your home is particularly dirty, a brush attachment can help you scrub away the dirt and debris. It also works wonderfully on asphalt and decking. So definitely consider extra tools when renting your power washer. It could make your job easier.
3. Practice Safety
Finally, make sure you practice safety when using a power washer. These powerful tools produce a strong current of water. Depending on the layout of your home, this could get dangerous.
If you have outdoor electrical outlets or boxes, make sure you cover them up. After all, water and electricity do not mix well. Additionally, make sure you cover any vents or openings that lead into your home. This will help prevent water from entering your home (or other areas) where it shouldn't be.
In addition, make sure you wear the proper safety gear when operating the power washer. Heavy duty gloves and eye goggles are a must. However, you might also want to wear a pair of thick boots as well.
As you can see, using a power washer doesn't have to be difficult. With these tips and a good rental, you'll be well on your way to cleaning the exterior of your home.