Like a well-loved item, your home sometimes needs deep cleaning. When you are ready to tackle the job, power washing is the way to go.
From pollution to pollen, there are many causes that can make your home look less innocent.
While the hose may be able to clear some surface debris, the reality is the dirt you see (and even some not) get stuck too tight for some ordinary pressure to loosen.
That’s where the electric washing machine comes in.
Designed to provide the extra elbow grease you need to eliminate the unlucky buildup of your home, this tool can be very powerful when used properly.
Today, we discuss five things to keep in mind when you are determined to wash your home.
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1. Do not Forget Detergent
You will not wash your body without soap, do you? The same concept applies to washing your home electricity.
Although the power behind the engine may make it look like simple water enough to do the trick, you still want to use a light detergent specially made for use with a power washer.
The last part is very important because using old household detergents can cause damage to the outside of your home.
In the same tone, it is also not a good idea to use bleach. Not only can it hurt the machine, you can also end up dry surfaces that you do not intend to change!
The general rule when using detergent is to apply a thin coating on your exterior, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse with water. If you wash the bricks, you should spray the surface with water first, then apply the detergent and rinse.
2. Think First Safety
When you wash the house, you shoot it strongly. Thus, there may be potential injury, especially electric shock, if the water is mixed with electricity.
The ideal scenario is to turn off the electricity to your home before you start washing the electricity. If this is not an option, try to at least turn off the socket on the outside, cover exposed lighting, and be sure not to touch the machine if your hands are wet.
Other safeguards that you can take as a precaution include keeping both feet firmly on the ground and wearing protective goggles and ear protectors.
3. Aiming strategically
Power laundering can be a great way to give your home a decent sheen and sparkle. However, there are some areas that may not benefit from the process.
As you steer your power washer, consider a surface that may be very smooth under pressure. This may include special windows (such as stained glass, which require careful cleaning), the underside of vinyl siding, or decorative elements that you have installed into your home.
Also be careful when directing the current directly to the surface of a brick or stucco. If it appears to be loosened or damaged, the power washer can cause further damage. So, choose your exterior location carefully and carefully navigate the tool.
4. Pressure Control
While you may see your home and determine it requires the highest setting that a power washer can provide, you will most likely need far less pressure. In fact, most experts recommend the use of lower settings, especially for less robust areas such as decks.
Depending on the type of machine you choose, you can choose from different types of nozzles and spray settings. If you are unsure about using or properly applying and rinsing the detergent, consult your machine’s manual, or follow the steps below:
5. Know when to seek professional help
Although power laundering can be a fun and enjoyable experience, it can easily become overwhelming – and even dangerous – if the job is too big or complicated.
If you are anxious to bring the matter into your own hands, the good news is that there is a professional company equipped with the knowledge, resources and personnel to do the work for you, so that it reaches one person!
Reading online reviews and talking to trusted friends and family is a great way to find a reputable washing machine in your area, so do not be afraid to ask questions!
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These steps can be a useful guide as you attempt to navigate the pressure washing process.