If your house has started looking a bit drab, but you can’t put your finger on why it may simply be that you need to give it a good cleaning. Cleaning your house, though, may not be quite as easy as you’re expecting it to be. There are certain tips you need to follow in order to get the best possible result. As you read the rest of this guide, you’ll find a few suggestions that can help you with the house cleaning job you have ahead of you.
Know when pressure washing is appropriate
Pressure washing may seem like the best way to get months, or even years, of dirt and grime off of the exterior of your home. It is not, however, the right course of action for all homeowners. Because this cleaning technique does pack a punch, it works best on sturdy materials, such as wood siding, fiber cement siding, and newer vinyl siding styles.
Pressure washing is, however, hard on any material, so it’s important to make sure your home is really dirty enough to require it before you go this route. As a rule of thumb, you should try the gentlest cleaning methods first and work your up to more harsh ones. This will minimize the amount of wear and tear your house ultimately has to endure during the cleaning process.
Understand the tools you need
Several important tools are needed during any pressure washing session. These include clean water, soap (in some cases), and the right nozzle for your house. For the majority of homes, pressure washing with water alone is enough to remove any built-up dirt and grime. In rare cases, however, soap should be added to the water. If, for instance, your coastal Carolina home has survived a hurricane, you will probably want to use a soap designed specifically for house cleaning.
In regard to nozzles, there are a couple of things you should know. Pressure washing nozzles are rated by degrees; the lower the degree, the stronger the spray. For nearly all homeowners, a 40-degree nozzle will be fine. For extremely dirty houses, a 25-degree nozzle is typically sufficient. However, it is best to check with your sidings manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions for their materials to prevent any damage.
Keep children and pets away from the area
One thing many homeowners don’t consider, especially if they’ve never used a pressure washing system before, is that the spray can actually be dangerous to small children and animals if they get in the way. Therefore, it is extremely important for any kids and pets who live in your household to be inside or away from the property while pressure washing is occurring. This will keep everyone safe and sound.
The team at Hatch Homes knows how busy life can get. If you don’t have time to pressure wash your home yourself or if you would just rather leave this task to the experts, give us a call. We would love to give your home the best cleaning it has ever had. We look forward to working with you!