When it is time for older homes to have a good cleaning on their exterior, due to their age, many of the materials can be more fragile and they need special care and attention. Because the pressure is too high, this often leads to damage during the pressure washing process, since the wood has softened, or other mistakes can occur. In the event pressure washing equipment isn’t adjusted to accommodate an older home, expensive repairs and ineffective cleaning is the likely result. To help people who insist on taking on this project themselves, we at McKay’s Painting would like to list important considerations to apply during the process.
Use Low Pressure when Cleaning Exterior of an Old House
With older homes, some pressure washers are too powerful, especially when there is a lot wood is featured in the architect. Using the pressure washers on wood, especially if there are any spots with wood rot, can result in severe damage. They are usually more effective on paved surfaces. Keep the nozzle at least a foot away, and be sure to use a reduced psi, no more than 1500 psi should be needed.
Avoid Pressure Washing Too Close
It is common for people to want to put the nozzle closer to the surface since the first impulse to attack tougher looking stains. In addition to the stain being removed, an entire chunk of wood or mortar can come with it. Be sure maintain the nozzle at least one foot away at all times to significantly reduce the risk of surface damage.
Utilize a Wide Stream on Pressure Washing
From a single stream to a wide fan on many of the pressure washing equipment, you can adjust the nozzle to change the flow of water. This wide stream helps prevent the damage the high-risk single stream can do on the older homes. You can easily cause severe damage to a wood surface if you use the powerful single stream.
Does Vinegar Kill Mildew?
For any mildew growth on the exterior of the home, white vinegar is very versatile and is a perfect solution. Pour white vinegar in a squirt bottle for easy application and generously apply to the mildew. With the pressure washer, rinse the vinegar and the mildew with it after you let the vinegar soak in for 10-15 minutes. For potential staining, you may need to use a strong scrub brush and warm soapy waters.
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Be sure to apply these above-mentioned steps to effectively clean and avoid the damage on your older home in the event you should take on the responsibility of power washing your older home. Stay vigilant and careful, since the cost for repairs can be quite expensive. especially when it comes to older homes, investing in a professional pressure washing service can be more efficient and less harmful to you and your property. Call in the professionals of McKay’s Painting and let our certified experts take care of your home when you need professional pressure cleaning. To rejuvenate your home’s curb appeal, we will get out the layers of filth and debris.