Pressure washing is a quick and effective way to clean your Atlanta home. Using this method, you can clean almost anything outside, including the exterior of your house, your car or your driveway. You'll be done with the dirty work in a fraction of the time, so you can enjoy the rest of your day. You can also bring in a professional to do it quickly and safely.
Dos and don'ts for using a pressure washer
- Don't damage anything: You want to save time, not spend money on expensive repairs or medical bills. Take a careful look at the area you want to clean before you turn on the sprayer, and remove anything that might get damaged. Don't spray your plants with the high pressure stream. Make sure pets and people are safely away from where you will be spraying. Finally, make sure you are not spraying into openings such as vents or cracks around window frames.
- Do choose the right nozzle for the job: Nozzles that send out a tight, directed spray provide a powerful cleansing impact and are great for cleaning small crevices and deeply soiled areas. Nozzles providing a wider spray clean larger swaths with each pass of the wand, so you can clean a big area in less time. No matter which type of nozzle you choose, make sure it is properly attached.
- Do test the power: Send the first stream of water into an open area that's away from the surface you are cleaning, and be prepared to remove your finger from the trigger. Expect the pressure coming out of the nozzle to send the wand back toward you with a sensation similar to a kick or hard shove. Once you get the feel for your sprayer's pressure, move in and start cleaning.
- Do start at the bottom: If you are cleaning your home's exterior, or anything upright that leaves water and cleaner running down, start at the bottom and work your way up. This lets you remove the deepest layer of grunge without packing more grunge on top of it.
- Do let the cleaner have enough time to do the job: Give your cleaning product five to 15 minutes to soak into the surface, so it can do its job. This gives your arms a short break and also lets you spend less total time spraying. If you find you don't have five minutes before it dries, it might be that you are in direct sunlight. You might need wait for the sun to move to another part of the sky before you continue.
There are certain risks associated with operating a pressure washer. If you have any doubts about taking on pressure washing as a do-it-yourself project, it's best to bring in a professional Atlanta cleaning service.