Pressure washing is often the best solution for keeping your home’s gutters and siding looking great. In order to do the job correctly, you’ll need to know which tools to use, and how to use them correctly. You’ll also need to know how to prepare your home to prevent damage.
Choosing the Right Washer, Attachments and Detergent
If you have the right appliance, along with the correct detergent and machine attachments, you can clean the entire exterior of you home in just one afternoon.
If you’re trying to decide whether an electric or gas pressure washer is best, you should probably go with a gas pressure cleaner. Cleaning the outside of your home is a huge undertaking, and gas cleaners will provide you with a higher GPM or flow rate than an electric machine would. Electric pressure washers are often best for smaller jobs. If you have to get a machine that powered by electricity or prefer this variety of pressure washer, you should be aware that the job will take two to three times longer.
Once you’re ready to choose a gas-powered pressure washer, you should go with a device that has at least 2.3 GPM. Don’t worry about the PSI of the machine if you’re using it to clean the siding or gutters of your home, since the nozzle and the distance at which you should hold the wand will determine the PSI. All gas pressure washers that have 2.3 GPM will have at least 2,600, which is enough to efficiently get the job done.
Buying Or Renting a Pressure Washer
Even though it may be more convenient to hire a professional company pressure if you want to save time, it’s also affordable and practical to purchase your own device. If you rent the pressure cleaner, you could end up spending about $100 a day, so buying your own device is much cheaper, since they are available at online stores for about $300. Of course, you’ll need to evaluate your specific situation to determine the best option for you.
Finding the Right Nozzle and Detergent
To apply the detergent correctly, you’ll need a black soaping nozzle. Once you’re ready to clean your home’s exterior, you’ll need a 25 to 40-degree nozzle top. When you want to clean areas that are higher up on the house, an extension wand is best, since it’s not safe to use a ladder while operating a pressure cleaner. If you have a two-story home, purchase an extension wand. There are some attachments that you also put on the wand to properly clean the gutters while you remain on the ground.
Finally, detergent is recommended since it will make the job easier. Doing the job without detergent may also cause damage to your siding, since you’ll need more water pressure to successfully remove the grime and dirt. There are several solutions that are specially formulated for cleaning home siding, so choose the detergent based on whether your siding is made from brick, wood, vinyl or stucco. It’s also best to choose environmentally friendly detergents so that you won’t emit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.