Pressure Cleaning | 3 Tips to Prepare the Home’s Exterior for Pressure Cleaning

Pressure cleaning is an important step for making the home's exterior look good as new. Ignoring accumulated dirt and grime will not only make your home look dilapidated, but it may also lead to mould and mildew that could damage the structural integrity of your walls. Pressure cleaning is an easy DIY task for homeowners. Here are some simple tips to prepare for the pressure cleaning process.

Close all Openings and Turn Off the Electricity Source

Before you start the process of pressure cleaning, you will need to protect the interior of your home from the water pressure blast. Make sure you close all doors and windows and seal them from the outside with water-resistant tarp. This ensures that any small gaps and crevices are properly protected from the water blast. Make sure you remove all patio furniture and any other item that gets in the way of your washing. Electricity and water certainly don't go well together, so turn off the electrical mains in your home to prevent any possible electrical damage caused to you or your home. Only work in good weather conditions, as strong winds can knock you off your ladder.

Gradually Exert Pressure While Washing

When you begin pressure cleaning, start the water at low pressure and slowly move upwards as you gain your balance. High pressure from the start could knock you off your balance and make the whole process go awry. You'll also want to use a nozzle with a wide fan with less pressure. You can always make it more powerful and tighter gradually. This ensures that you stay in control of the pressure cleaning hose. Start washing at the top of the wall, because you'll want the dirt to move downward. If you start from the bottom, you'll end up pushing dirt back into spots you've already washed. Reduce the pressure as you work closer to doors and windows.

Use Soap Spray on Walls To Tackle Stubborn Residue

If water pressure cleaning hasn't been able to get rid of stubborn grime and residue, prepare a mixture of soap and water in a spray bottle and spray it against the stubborn dirt on the walls. A pH-neutral cleaner is ideal for cutting through grease and grime without damaging the surface of your exterior walls. Apply the spray solution and let it sit on the stains for a few minutes before it is rinsed off with the pressure cleaner.

Follow these smart tips to prepare your home's exterior walls for pressure cleaning. 

For more information about pressure cleaning, contact a company like Southern Cross Cleaning (SA) Pty Ltd.