How to Pressure Wash a House

If you’ve noticed the outside of your house looking a bit grimey, you may want to consider using a pressure washer.  However, before you get started there are a few things you need to know in order to complete the job without incident.  In this video, we’ll delve into the specific techniques you’ll want to use in order to have the project go off without a hitch.

The first thing to address with any list of pressure washing tips is safety.  After all, as Lou is fond of saying, “safety never takes a holiday.”  These machines deal with very high water pressure and when used improperly, someone could really get hurt.  Spend some time going over the user’s manual and familiarizing yourself with how the attachments work.  We recommend wearing safety goggles and definitely make sure no children are too close.

There are a number of pressure washer accessories you can use depending on the application and power needed to get the job done.  These might include various nozzle sizes to help you control the amount of water that sprays from the washer itself.  Some machines even have an “all-in-one” nozzle that allows you to adjust the stream size.  One other accessory that’s popular is a brush extension that allows you to scrub and spray at the same time.

For those really dirty surfaces, you should consider a detergent specially made for this type of application.  Just be sure to confirm whether the cleaner needs to be diluted with water or not.  Start by wetting the surface with the lowest power nozzle to rinse off any debris.  Next, again using the low power nozzle, apply the cleaning agent from the bottom up and side to side using an even motion.  Now, switch to a higher power nozzle and hit it again with the pressure washer using just water, and be sure to start from the top down so the dirt runs off.  Then switch back to the low power nozzle and give it one last rinse.

One other tip is to do a test on a surface that’s out of sight until you get the hang of it.  That way, if you get a bit overzealous it won’t be too visible to anyone.

Portable pressure washers are also great because you can use them all around the house with relative ease, especially those with wheels.

Now you know how to use a pressure washer.

If you’ve noticed the outside of your house looking a bit grimey, you may want to consider using a pressure washer.  However, before you get started there are a few things you need to know in order to complete the job without incident.  In this video, we’ll delve into the specific techniques you’ll want to use in order to have the project go off without a hitch.

The first thing to address with any list of pressure washing tips is safety.  After all, as Lou is fond of saying, “safety never takes a holiday.”  These machines deal with very high water pressure and when used improperly, someone could really get hurt.  Spend some time going over the user’s manual and familiarizing yourself with how the attachments work.  We recommend wearing safety goggles and definitely make sure no children are too close.

There are a number of pressure washer accessories you can use depending on the application and power needed to get the job done.  These might include various nozzle sizes to help you control the amount of water that sprays from the washer itself.  Some machines even have an “all-in-one” nozzle that allows you to adjust the stream size.  One other accessory that’s popular is a brush extension that allows you to scrub and spray at the same time.

For those really dirty surfaces, you should consider a detergent specially made for this type of application.  Just be sure to confirm whether the cleaner needs to be diluted with water or not.  Start by wetting the surface with the lowest power nozzle to rinse off any debris.  Next, again using the low power nozzle, apply the cleaning agent from the bottom up and side to side using an even motion.  Now, switch to a higher power nozzle and hit it again with the pressure washer using just water, and be sure to start from the top down so the dirt runs off.  Then switch back to the low power nozzle and give it one last rinse.

One other tip is to do a test on a surface that’s out of sight until you get the hang of it.  That way, if you get a bit overzealous it won’t be too visible to anyone.

Portable pressure washers are also great because you can use them all around the house with relative ease, especially those with wheels.

Now you know how to use a pressure washer.