Do’s and Don’ts of Pressure Washing


Pressure washing can be an incredibly fun endeavor. A decent amount of ‘satisfying’ videos on the internet comprise of pressure washing. However, pressure washing is not as simple as it seems. Not only can it be a little bit dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, but it is also a lot more complicated than it seems.

Here, we give you a few major tips and tricks that can help you get your pressure washing done quickly and correctly. We will also look at a few safety tips that will ensure that you do not get hurt during the process. In the end, we will tell you about HomePlus Cleaning, as we provide impeccable house cleaning services in Massachusetts, and can take the massive load of cleaning off your hands!

Pressure Washing: Do’s

Pressure washing is one of the easiest ways to clean the exterior of your home. If done correctly, it is also one of the fastest. Here is a complete guide on how you should pressure wash your home’s exterior.

Understand and Choose the Equipment

Make sure you understand how all of your equipment works. The best thing to do is to go through all of the instruction manuals and test the equipment before you begin using it. 25-degree nozzles (green) are great for the exterior of your home, and 40-degree nozzles are good for windows and other surfaces likely to crack if too much force was applied on them.

It is also important for you to make sure that you select the right amount of pressure. Usually, you should use around 1400 psi of pressure. Going a little bit below or above that amount is acceptable depending on what you think does the best job. If you want to remove loose paint, you can use a higher pressure, up to a maximum of 2500 psi.

Prepare the House

It is best to divide the house into sections. You are supposed to wash them from the top to the bottom, so keep that in mind.

Also, remember to repair any holes or cracks that you may have and watch out for any electrical appliances and circuits that may be damaged and thus electrocute you later on.

Wash the Exterior

It is best to wash at a 45-degree angle and spray from at least a foot away. The higher pressure you have, the farther your nozzle should be from the wall.

Some dirt won’t be washed off even with the pressure. For that, you will need to scrub it away. Once you are done with the wash, you will want to inspect everything to make sure there is no damage on the walls. After that, allow the exterior to slowly and naturally dry off.

Pressure Washing: Don’ts

The first thing that you must know is that pressure washing during the fall season is never a good idea. The reason for this is simple: Due to the weather, the paint is already weak, and there is a good chance that you crack it during the wash.

There is also no need to spend a lot of on your pressure washer. As long as it is of good quality, it should get the job done. Light-duty pressure washers are more than enough for household use.

Remember that if you fail to wash off something, that doesn’t mean you should increase the pressure. There is no reason to damage the surface, as scrubbing will do a much better job.

Pressure Washing Safety Tips

Here are a few important safety tips to keep in mind when pressure washing:

  • Hold the wand in both hands. Holding it in one hand could cause you to lose control.
  • Remember to keep all of your children and pets away from the washer. The damage caused by the water at that much pressure will be immense.
  • It is best to have some kind of protective gear on you such as boots, glasses, and gloves.
  • It is best to not use a pressure washer when on a ladder, as the pressure can easily knock you off it.
  • Be careful with lead-paint, as it might have toxic waste that you may not be able to manage. Professional help with lead paint is preferable.

Consider Hiring Professional House Cleaners

Won’t it be much better if you didn’t have to worry about cleaning your home? What if there were people who came into your house every 2 weeks and cleaned it for you? What if your house was always ready for surprise guests that appear out of nowhere?

HomePlus provides deep clean house cleaning services in Boston and its surrounding areas in Massachusetts. It is up to you the level of cleaning you choose to have when you sign up with us, and it is very easy to find something within your budget. Booking an appointment is as easy as clicking here and won’t take you more than a minute.