How to Use a Pressure Washer to Remove Dirt and Grasses

A pressure washer pumps water through a hose to create high-speed jets of water. These jets of water have enough kinetic energy to blast dirt off most surfaces without damaging them.

With the right nozzles, a pressure washer can remove paint, moss, grime and more from outdoor structures like buildings, decks and patios. But before you pick up a pressure washer, know how to use it properly. Contact Sarasota Pressure Washing now!

Dirt, mud, mildew, moss, oil, and other debris build up over time on the exterior surfaces of buildings and outdoor structures like patios, decks, and driveways. When left unattended, these materials can cause damage and devalue the property. Regular pressure washing removes these materials and makes the surfaces look newer and more appealing.

While pressure washing is a relatively simple process, it requires specialized equipment and knowledge of how to use it safely. This is why it is often best left to professionals who specialize in cleaning and can help you get the most out of your power washer.

Before starting your project, you should prepare the surface for cleaning by relocating items that are in the path of spray and covering any items that could be damaged by water blasting (such as plants, outdoor furniture, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and doorbells). Next, sweep away large debris and loose dirt and cover any areas that could be exposed to sprayed water with tarps. Finally, shut off electricity to any exterior outlets near the area that you will be cleaning.

Once you’re ready to begin, start with the lowest pressure setting on your machine and work your way up, as needed. It’s also important to understand the interplay between PSI and GPM (Pounds per Square Inch and Gallons per Minute) as this will determine how quickly and effectively your surfaces are cleaned. Delicate surfaces such as wood or certain types of siding may require lower PSI levels to avoid damage. On the other hand, tougher stains such as grease or oil require high PSI levels to be successfully removed.

When the pressurized water hits the unwanted substances, it carries kinetic energy that helps break up and dislodge them from the surface of the substrate. It also creates turbulence that further aids in the disintegration and removal of contaminants. In addition, the hot water used in some pressure washing applications helps to dissolve greasy substances and make them easier to rinse off the surface of the substrate. In other cases, detergents are added to the water to further enhance the cleaning process.

Prevents Damage

Professionals know how to use a pressure washer to safely remove dirt and grime from surfaces without damaging them. For example, they choose the appropriate water temperature and pressure for each surface they clean, using different nozzles to soap up or rinse off areas that need extra attention. They also avoid spraying areas where moisture can get trapped, causing mold and mildew growth that could damage the surface.

Dirt, moss, bird droppings, algae, fungus and mildew can eat away at surfaces and cause corrosion that damages your home’s siding, walls, decks and driveways. When they build up, they can also reduce the life of your paint and surface coatings. Pressure washing removes these substances and prevents them from forming again, keeping your home safe and looking great.

Commercial buildings can benefit from regular professional pressure washing as well. Exterior spaces like sidewalks, parking garages and dumpster areas can become unsightly with grime, stains and trash that give the building a dirty appearance and hurt the experience of customers and employees. A clean, pristine building will make for a better customer or employee experience and can help boost the value of the property as well.

While it is possible to rent a pressure washer and try to do your own cleaning, it’s always best to leave the job to professionals who have the training, knowledge and experience in working with highly pressurized water. Attempting to use a pressure washer without proper knowledge can result in damage that will cost you more money in the long run.

A pressure washing machine can be hard on the environment as it uses a lot of water, involves soap and other chemicals that aren’t good for the soil or can cause rinsing and rewashing, which rinses grime into the sewer. A professional handyman will take care to minimize the impact on the environment by reusing water, avoiding harmful soaps and using techniques that reduce run-off into surrounding plants and soil. This protects the health of the ecosystem and keeps the area clean for animals, birds and people alike.

Prevents Allergies

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how much it can affect your quality of life. Running noses, itchy eyes and sneezing can make spending time outdoors unpleasant. However, with regular pressure washing, you can reduce the allergens that trigger your symptoms.

Pollen is a common cause of allergies and it can build up on surfaces around your home or business. This sticky substance is a magnet for other pollutants, including dust mites and mold spores. These allergens cling to the surface of buildings and, when blown by the wind, can be carried back into the home or office.

As a powerful cleaning method, pressure washing effectively blasts away dirt, grime, mildew and pollen. This helps to prevent these allergens from sticking to the surface of your building and attracting other pollutants. Regularly cleaning the outside of your home with a pressure washer can also help to reduce your allergy symptoms throughout the spring and summer months.

Many homeowners and businesses struggle with allergies, especially in the spring when pollen is at its highest levels. While a quick blast of the garden hose may remove some pollen, it is not as effective as using a professional pressure washer. Professionals use more powerful equipment and are trained to wash the exterior of buildings without damaging them.

In addition to removing mold, mildew and pollen, regular pressure washing can also help to protect your family’s health by reducing the allergens that enter the home or workplace. These contaminants can trigger allergy symptoms, such as runny noses, itchy eyes and coughing. They can also pose a serious health risk, leading to breathing problems and other issues.

If you want to enjoy the outdoors this spring and summer without a runny nose or itchy eyes, schedule a professional pressure wash today.

Removes Paint

If you’re planning to repaint your home or business, preparing the surface is essential. That usually includes removing old paint and other debris, which can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Pressure washing makes the process a lot faster and easier. The pressurized water can even remove rust from metal surfaces. Just be sure to use the right nozzle for the job and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using soap, as too much can damage the surface.

It’s important to note that pressure washing is not intended to strip paint. If you’re looking to strip the paint on your home or business, it’s best to hire a professional. The pressure from the hose can cause the paint to flake and peel, so it’s vital to prep the surface before washing. Loose and flaking paint should be scraped or sanded away before you wash the surface, and any damaged areas should be repaired.

Alternatively, chemical strippers can be used to remove old paint from the surface. However, they can be toxic and harmful to the environment. A pressure washer is a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to chemical strippers. It’s also a lot more cost-effective than hiring a professional to do the work for you.

Before you start washing, be sure to wear safety gear. This includes a pair of protective eyewear, as the high-pressure spray can propel paint chips into your eyes. It’s also a good idea to wear sturdy shoes, like steel-toed boots, as the pressurized water may damage your feet.

A professional can help you determine the type of pressure washer and nozzle needed for your project. They can also give you advice on what type of cleaners are safe to use and how much pressure is needed for each surface. Once you’ve determined the best equipment for your needs, be sure to test it on a non-visible area of the surface before starting. You should also take breaks between washing to avoid overheating.