Your homes exterior substrates and hardscapes should be cleaned at least once per year.
It is pretty easy to tell when your homes exterior is ready for cleaning, simply walk around your home and look up at the vinyl soffits around the perimeter of your roof overhang. Your homes vinyl soffits are typically white in color so they easily show dirt, mold, spider web nests, etc… If the vinyl does not look crispy white then it’s time for a cleaning. Another easy way to tell is to look at your exterior door and window trim which is typically white in color. If your trim is showing dirt and mold then your home would benefit from a professional softwash service. To further reinforce why you should have your home professionally soft washed is to look in your home owners operations & maintenance manuals. Home builders now provide literature recommending that the Owner softwash the home exterior at least once per year!
Can I pressure wash my own home? Simply put “No,” unless you have worked for a professional pressure washing company you do not have the knowledge or skill to uniformly and safely clean your home with out causing damage. Of course it’s your home to do with as you please, but unless you have the know how you will do damage using high pressure tips on vertical substrates. An in-experienced home Owner with a house hold pressure washer used in conjunction with the wrong spray tip(s) can cause more harm than good. DIY’ers often times
- Damage or remove paint
- Can gouge stucco or coquina finishes
- Blow off roof shingles
- Blow out vinyl soffit panels
- Blow out windows
- Blow off decorative window louvers
- Rip or tear window screens
- Damage exterior light fixtures
- Spit wood members on your deck or burr the wood.
- Blow out or puncture exterior door & window caulk joints, etc…….
Pressure washing a standard driveway (average size is 750 sqft.) or sidewalk with a wand will take you about 5 to 6 hours, This is a lot of work, which can easily be accomplished by a professional in under an hour. A lot of people get the satisfaction from doing things themselves, but another important factor is having the right tools for the job at hand. A surface cleaner, matched up with the proper meg tips for your machines GPM flow will provide a uniform better quality cleaning and reduce cleaning time. A professional also knows the correct chemical/cleaning solutions to use to ensure the end result is as clean as it can possibly get. Pressure washing without pre-treating the substrate(s) with chemicals is a waste of time. The chemicals break down the “dirt” allowing the water to wash it away along with providing a longer lasting clean.
The average sized house wash, driveway, and back patio slab can be cleaned by a professional in about 2 to 3 hours.
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