The outward appearance of a house is important to most homeowners. However, a dingy and dirty exterior makes a home lose its curb appeal. If you long to see your home’s exterior shining bright, or if you’re prepping before giving it a new coat of paint, professional power washing is the way to go. Many of our insights come from our conversations with ViperTech Mobile, a professional cleaning company based out of Houston, Texas
Power washing, also known as pressure washing, is the best way to get rid of dirt and grime buildup using pressurized water spray. Pressure washing is a vital step to take before applying a new paint. The new paint will last longer if applied over a clean surface. Furthermore, exterior pressure washing is perfect when you’re preparing to sell your home because any potential buyer will see how the surface looks and whether it’s appealing or not.
Not only does exterior power washing enhance the appearance of your home, but it likewise makes it safer by washing away slippery and dangerous mildew that can quickly build up on concrete surfaces that are left unattended. Pressure washing is a vital part of maintenance for all outdoor structures. Regular power washing of your brickwork, siding, driveways, patios and terraces, porches and decks, walkways and sidewalks, pools, fences, outdoor furniture as well as playground equipment keeps them looking great. In case you are planning to stain, refinish or seal wood structures, such as decks, fences, and siding, power washing is a crucial preliminary step.
If you are not a professional, it is always advisable to let an expert do the pressure washing. Why then is it advisable to use a professional? The pressure washing machine has interchangeable tips that vary in both the intensity and width of the spray. A person who has no experience is likely to spray too close to the house or apply the wrong amount of pressure. Lack of knowledge can turn out to be costly when the water forces itself underneath the siding. Having water come underneath the siding can, and will, damage paint jobs and other sensitive surfaces.
An experienced pressure washing professional will know the amount of pressure to apply, the distance to stand from the structure as well as how to protect any exterior structure. Andrew also mentions, “The professional also understands the plants that can receive damage from chemicals used to clean the house.” Last but not least, professionals may have the appropriate equipment to recycle water. Recycling water is an essential practice in areas where the city manages storm runoff or has water bans set in place.