Have you ever wondered if your home’s siding can be pressure washed? Or if pressure washing your car will damage the paint? Check out our blog post to learn which surfaces can—and can’t—be pressure washed.
Pressure washing concrete
Concrete is one of the most common surfaces that can be pressure washed. Pressure washing concrete can remove dirt, grime, and other build-up from the surface of the concrete. It is important to use the correct pressure and nozzle when pressure washing concrete to avoid damaging the surface.
Pressure washing asphalt
You can pressure wash asphalt, but it’s important to be careful not to damage the surface. Use a low pressure setting and hold the nozzle at least 12 inches from the surface.
Pressure washing brick
Brick is a very durable material, but it is not immune to the elements. Over time, it can become stained or discolored. Pressure washing is an effective way to clean brick surfaces.
Pressure washing can be done with a variety of cleaners, but a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water is often recommended. Always test the cleaner on a small area of the brick before using it on the entire surface.
When pressure washing brick, be sure to use a low pressure setting and hold the nozzle at least six inches from the surface of the bricks. If the bricks are particularly dirty, you may need to scrub them with a brush before pressure washing.
Pressure washing stone
Pressure washing is not recommended for all types of stone. A light touch is important when pressure washing stone surfaces in order to avoid damage. Porous stones such as sandstone, limestone and travertine are particularly susceptible to damage from pressure washing. Non-porous stones such as granite and marble are better able to withstand the force of a pressure washer, but should still be cleaned with care.
Pressure washing stucco
Stucco is a plaster-like material used on walls and ceilings. It is made from Portland cement, sand, and water. It is extremely durable and long lasting, but it can become stained or discolored over time. Pressure washing is an effective way to clean stucco and restore its original appearance.
Stucco is a porous material, so it can absorb dirt, dust, and other contaminants. This can make it difficult to clean with a traditional garden hose. Pressure washing uses high-powered water to remove these contaminants quickly and easily.
It is important to use the correct pressure setting when pressure washing stucco. Too much pressure can damage the material, so it is important to start with a lower setting and increase the pressure as needed. You should also hold the pressure washer at least one foot away from the surface while you are cleaning.
If you are unsure about how to pressure wash stucco correctly, you can always hire a professional. They will have the experience and knowledge necessary to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Pressure washing wood
Pressure washing wood is a great way to clean and restore your wooden deck or patio. But before you get started, it’s important to understand how to pressure wash wood properly.
Wood is a natural material that can be damaged by high pressure water, so you’ll need to take care when pressure washing. Use a low pressure setting and hold the nozzle at least 12 inches away from the surface of the wood. Move the nozzle in a back and forth motion as you work your way across the surface.
After you’ve pressure washed the wood, be sure to let it dry completely before applying any sealants or stains.
Pressure washing composite
Composite pressure washing is a process of cleaning composite surfaces using high-pressure water. Composite pressure washing can be used on a variety of composite surfaces, including composite decks, composite siding, and composite roofs.
Pressure washing metal
When it comes to pressure washing, metal is one of the most durable surfaces you can clean. Whether it’s a steel or aluminum siding on your home, or the exterior of a commercial building, pressure washing is an effective way to clean metal surfaces. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind when pressure washing metal to ensure you don’t damage the surface.
- Always test the pressure washer on a small inconspicuous area of the metal surface before proceeding with the entire job. This will help you gauge the appropriate pressure and detergent concentration for your particular situation.
- When pressure washing metal siding on a home or commercial building, be sure to use a low-pressure nozzle (under 1,500 psi). A higher pressure nozzle can damage the siding.
- Always use a eco-friendly detergent designed for pressure washing when cleaning metal surfaces. Regular household cleaners can damage the finish on metal siding. Look for a detergent that is specifically designed for pressure washers and follow the dilution instructions on the packaging.
By following these simple tips, you can pressure wash your metal surfaces without damaging them.