Sprayer Guide – Newsletter November, 2017

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Pressure Washing Tips

Pressure Washing Tips

Pressure washing the sides of your house in preparation for an exterior paint job is a great idea!

However, please follow these useful guidelines to ensure that your painting efforts do not go in vain…

There are various cleaning products out there and if you use a bleach-based one to attack any mildew, you must rinse the areas with clean water afterward. Leaving any bleach residue will actually prevent your paint from adhering properly to the surface.

What pressure is most appropriate? It depends upon the surface really.

Many professional pressure washing companies have adopted “Soft Washing“.

This just means they use a softer amount of pressure that is safe for house siding, decks, etc. Some define soft washing as using 400 psi or less.

Of course, a higher psi might be needed for surfaces like brick or concrete.

While you’re at the exterior, don’t forget to clean out your gutters and downspouts.

It’s one of the most overlooked areas on the exterior of a home. Letting it go unchecked can cause an array of serious issues such as wood rot and water damage.

The decaying leaves and debris will also promote bacteria, fungus, and mold.

Is there a difference when using a longer wand?

For the most part, changing the wand length doesn’t have an effect on the gun or washer, and the only noticeable issue is the greater kickback or torque from the pressure.

A shorter wand is harder on the wrist than a longer wand.