Common and Costly Errors with DIY House Pressure Washing

Pressure washers have become extremely popular rental options among home owners looking for fast and efficient cleans. Unfortunately, many are unaware that there are different types of equipment meant for different surfaces… and that without proper training, one can easily damage their decks, walkways and house siding.

Window Genie’s pressure washing services are becoming increasingly popular as customers opt for the ease and affordability of hiring our crew to get the job done over doing it themselves. Our customers have seen the difference a good pressure cleaning can make on their home’s siding, patios and driveways. Check out these pics and see for yourself!

For those unfamiliar with the benefits of pressure washing, here is a quick review to explain the rising popularity of pressure washer rentals:

House washing made easy

Pressure washers let you strip your home of mildew and algae to increase the overall appeal and value of your home. This is especially popular an option for those looking to add their home to realty listings, as a minor investment in this cleaning can have a dramatic effect that translates to a tangible dollar amount once offers start pouring in. For those looking to settle in to their house for years to come, pressure washing can prolong the lives of both your home’s siding and exterior paint. Our trained, insured technicians use the correct equipment and water pressure to allow for a safe clean that leaves your home’s paint and delicate surfaces intact.

Bolster your concrete surfaces and sealing

Pressure washers can clean away acidic salt after this year’s seemingly endless winter, as well as other corrosive build-up that is eating away at the lifespan of your concrete and sealing. Polish your concrete’s appearance in the garage or around the pool area, and increase its strength in the process. Neglecting these problems for too long can lead to irreversible staining and damage. Call to schedule regular, repeat pressure washing services for the year with your local Genie today for a discount!

Wash dirt to restore tough-to-clean deck surfaces

Pressure washing gives home owners the unique opportunity to clean their deck, a task that is made near impossible with a mop or sponge, which simply frays and comes apart with repeated scrubbing on wood surfaces. Clean and restore your wood surfaces with a deck pressure washing treatment and extends its lifespan in the process. Ask your local Genie about possible deck sealing services as well.

Pressure Washing – More than Meets the Eye

With so many benefits to pressure washing, it is easy to see why the rental demands for these pressure washing units have sky-rocketed. However, renting your own pressure washer may not be the best choice. As is often the case with seemingly simply tasks, there is more to pressure washing than meets the eye.

Many people associate pressure washer handling with simply hosing down a dirty surface, but this could not be further from the truth. As any highly-trained Window Genie house pressure washing technician will tell you, pressure washing is equal parts art and science, and requires skill and experience to handle safely. Here are some common and costly mistakes that DIY house pressure washing attempts often result in:

Too much pressure!

The most common mistake do-it-yourself pressure washers will run into is applying too much pressure. It is easy to underestimate the power of a jet of water, but many first-time attempts will end up carving strips out of wood decking, or etching lines into the home’s siding. Window Genie technicians understand how proper distance and handling can be used to harness high-strength cleaning power without the risk of damage to the home.

Naked water pressure washing

Many DIY pressure washers only load their washer with water. Without the proper ratio of cleaning solution mixed in, your cleaning effectiveness will be significantly reduced, and probably lead you to apply too much pressure to make up for lost power. Water-only mixtures also spread mold spores around. The extra pressure and mold-related damages can cost you big money.

Cleaning out of order

Though not nearly as damaging or permanent a problem, cleaning out of order will essentially make your cleaning effort worthless, so that the cost of your rental is paid for nothing. If you clean your windows first and then try to pressure wash, you will end up bathing your sparkling windows in dirt and grimy residue. Window Genie house pressure washing experts will follow the appropriate order so that everything that is cleaned stays clean.

Many home owners will find that once the cost of rental, transport to and from the rental location, and a wasted day’s effort are factored together, they would have been better off investing in a Window Genie house pressure washing service. When first-timers try and fail with DIY attempts, this cost effectiveness ratio is skewed even more, so that they end up paying big repair money for what was a long, hard day that produced a sub-par clean. Contact Window Genie at 1-877-243-6432 today to save yourself the cost of collateral damage!

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13 thoughts on “Common and Costly Errors with DIY House Pressure Washing”

  1. The next place to try is making a lavender vinegar. Cleaning chores have a
    way of piling up alarmingly quick and professional cleaners say that the
    only way to keep from getting overwhelmed is to keep cleaning regularly and in small bursts.
    t beat old toothbrushes for getting into odd nooks and crannies.

  2. Well, I should have read this before I done my house wash, but I didn’t and now I have to fix some stuff.

  3. I’ve been told that the sidings of my house could use a good cleaning from a pressure washer, so I’ve been thinking about renting one. However, it’s nice to learn about some of the possible problems from doing it yourself. I feel like there’s less likely to be an issue is you’re aware of the causes. Although, I’m still not sure if it would be better to call an expert or just take care of the job myself.

  4. Amen to this! Cleaning hard to reach areas is one of the reasons that I got myself a power washer. It’s great to know that I made the right decision to buy one though I’ll be watching out for those errors the next time I’ll use it. Thanks a lot for the reminders!

  5. I strongly agree with the point mentioned here about Too much pressure, I always think it’s easy to clean the house using pressure washer but the difficulty of controlling pressure is always tough to handle. This article clearly explains the troubles involved, Thank you for providing the very clear information. Cheers…

  6. If you are a DIY fanatic, you should be more cautious while commencing pressure washing service at your own home. Otherwise, it may backfire. Prior to this, you should consult a home exterior care professional. His expertise would help you a lot in this domain.

  7. Great article! I think pressure washing is something that gets pushed off but is really important.

  8. You shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to home maintenance. The best thing to do is to leave pressure washing to the professionals.

  9. I’m glad that learn about some of the costly mistakes possible using a DIY. I’ve been considering renting a pressure washer for a while since I’d heard that it would be good to clean the siding on my house. However, I’ll probably end up hiring a professional after learning how important it is to have a proper ratio of cleaning solutions.

  10. Good thing you mentioned about the use of too much water pressure. Applying too much water pressure can damage some parts of the item or product. I will keep this in mind if ever I am to use this type of cleaning myself. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love this post! I agree with the comments so far. This is something that should be done but gets overlooked pretty frequently.

  12. I hadn’t thought about how using just water can actually spread mold around the surface. I have been wanting to clean off the dirt and grime that is on my concrete. I can see how it would be good to call a professional because it would help the problem go away permanently.

  13. Great post! The part about bolstering your concrete surfaces and sealing is especially effective. Keeping that pool area looking awesome is key, especially with summer coming!

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