Pressure Washing Questions – Answered

Posted on April 11, 2023 in Cleaning

Pressure Washing

Although pressure washing seems to be a straightforward practice, there are some common questions that our customers have. We thought it best to address them so that our customers are informed not only about why you should hire our power washing service, but also so that they know what power washing can and can’t do, and why they shouldn’t do it themselves.

What Surfaces Can be Pressure Washed?

Many property owners wonder about the safety of pressure washing the exterior of their buildings. this method of cleaning is an excellent way to remove dirt and debris all-around your property, however, it is not appropriate for all areas. Things that you can pressure wash are concrete or asphalt driveways, brick, vinyl siding, and stone. But if you have surfaces that are painted, it is best to try pressure washing a small portion first to ensure that it will not lead to chipping paint or stripping it entirely. If you are not sure about what is safe, it is best to let a professional handle it!

Why Use a Professional Contractor?

If you want to get real results with power washing, it takes investing in a commercial power washer, which is not cheap. For the average homeowner, it does not make sense to invest in one. And if you intend to rent one, it will cost you nearly as much as letting a professional service take care of it. Also, if you do not know the difference between soft washing, power washing, or pressure washing, you could end up doing some significant damage using the wrong type. A professional company will not only get much better results; they will ensure to keep your exterior damage-free!

All our pressure washing technicians are trained by the The Water Jetting Association to ensure the highest standards of service and safety.

What is the Difference Among Pressure Washing, Power Washing, and Soft Washing?

Pressure washing and power washing are interchangeable terms. Soft washing is a process that uses less pressure and instead uses detergents and various solvents to clean the surface. It is important to know which surfaces are safe for pressure washing and which require soft washing. And once soft washing is required, you also need to know what type of solvent to use to target debris, while also not doing any harm.

When do you use Cold Water Versus Hot Water?

The type of water temperature you need is dependent on what you are cleaning. Cold, water pressure washing is the most popular type of power washing used, mostly because it does a good job on many surfaces. Cold water is best to remove dirt and debris. And in some instances, adding detergent helps to reduce the time necessary to get things clean. If you are trying to tackle a job that has things like oily or greasy dirt and debris, then you are probably better off using hot water.

Is Pressure Washing a Roof Safe?

Pressure washing is very effective to get roofs clean, but it is probably best used for concrete or metal roofing material. If you have shingles, then pressure washing might lead to damage. Only a professional can evaluate whether it is safe to pressure wash your roof, so doing it yourself is never a good idea!

How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your Property?

Professionals recommend that you wash the exterior of your property about every two years to avoid harmful dirt and debris from causing damage. But for most property owners, the effects of a long winter season can dull the exterior. So, if you are trying to increase your curb side appeal, then having your home pressure washed once a year will probably yield better overall results.

Pressure washing is a quick and reliable way to make the exterior of your property shine like new, but it does take training to get it right. By the time you rent a machine and go through the rigors of getting it set up, you are probably going to spend money doing it yourself over hiring a power washing service. And, even worse, if you are not an expert, you can end up doing some pretty expensive damage. Let the professionals at Protech Property Solutions take care of cleaning your property up this spring – we will make it shine like new!

For more information on our pressure washing services please visit Protech Pressure Washing Service or call one of our friendly team on 0845 604 1288.