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Ask the Expert: Making Your Home Shine with Pressure & Power Washing

You’ve probably heard of the wonders that giving your home a good pressure wash can do. In fact, polishing your exterior up with a pressure wash can reinvigorate your curb appeal—as long as you know what you’re doing!

Pressure washing versus power washing, what pressure washing can do for your home, what you’ll need to get the job done—I’m here to break it all down in the latest installation of “Ask the Expert.”

Pressure Washing vs. Power Washing

A garden hose.

While pressure washing and power washing are pretty similar, they have a few significant differences from one another. Both machines use a high amount of pressure to push out water, but the main difference comes in the water temperature.

Power washers tend to use heated water, which makes it ideal for removing stubborn stains. If you have grungy mildew or years-old oil stains, power washers can take care of them! Pressure washing is pretty much the same, except it uses a cooler temperature of water, meaning it can get off the dirt and grime, but won’t be as efficient at getting out the tougher problem areas.

Which Method is Right for You?

Whether you use a power washer or a pressure washer is up to you, but it should be based on what you aim to accomplish. Just want to clean up your siding and sidewalks? A pressure washer will go a little easier on your surfaces, so it’s probably your best bet.

If you have a more intense project, like a large garage, driveway, or patio, then a power washer might be the way to go. Just remember, power washers can pack a lot of punch, so it’s best to keep them on tougher surfaces like concrete.

What Pressure (or Power) Washing Can Do

Power washing car tires.

People often talk a big talk about the wonders of pressure and power washing, but what can they actually do in practice? Well, a little bit of everything! From your home to your belongings, here’s a few examples of what can benefit from a pressure washer:

  • Vinyl siding
  • Brick exteriors
  • Metal gutters
  • Concrete sidewalks & driveways
  • Vehicles
  • Grills

And that’s not all— you can even get rid of weeds, moss, and overgrown greenery with a pressure washer! Whether you’re preparing your home to sell or making it shine in time for spring, power and pressure washing can make an impressive difference on your exterior.

What You’ll Need

Rubber boots.

When it comes to getting the job done, you’ll have a few options. You can either buy your own pressure washer, rent one out for the day, or hire a company to come in and do it for you.

If you choose to rent or buy your own pressure washer, be sure to purchase a home power washer as opposed to the commercial option, and find the correct nozzle size for your job. You’ll also want to ensure your safety during the process by purchasing safety glasses or goggles, gloves, rubber boots, and maybe even some ear protection. The force of a pressure washer can be dangerous at close range, so make sure you’re operating in a clear area!

When in doubt, there’s nothing wrong with getting a professional to take care of the job. It’ll ensure both your safety and that the job gets done well!

Still Have Some Questions?

If you have a particularly grungy exterior that needs some TLC and you’re not sure what steps to take, just call your local expert, Michael White!

From helping you up your landscaping game to giving pointers on roof repair, I’m here to help out with every step of the real estate and home-owning experience. Any questions? Let me know!

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