The Internet is rife with advice about pressure washing. Type “power washing dos and don’ts” into Google and you’ll receive over a million results. However, as any third grader can tell you, not everything you read online is true. Following bad advice can harm your pressure washer and/or your property. Therefore, we recommend ignoring the unfounded assumptions outlined below.
Pressure Washing Don’ts: Common Misconceptions about Power Washing
- DON’T assume higher power settings are always better.
Recognize that high pressure can cause serious damage. Before pressure washing any surface, conduct a test on an inconspicuous area. That way you can dial in the proper PSI setting before launching into a full cleaning. The higher the PSI, the more likely you are to cause damage, so it’s always best to use alternative cleaning methods—such as hot water and detergents—to minimize pressure.
- DON’T worry about pressure washing chemicals harming your pets and plants.
There’s a common misconception out there that power washing chemicals can harm living creatures. While the powerful stream of a pressure washer should never be aimed at a person or pet, the truth is that many modern power washing chemicals do pose a threat to your fauna and flora. Always read labels before starting any job. If you are not sure, check with the manufacture.
- DON’T presume that power washing is simple enough for anyone to do.
You’ll find plenty of websites giving advice on how to power wash your own home, driveway, or sidewalk. With so much advice online, it’s easy to assume that any dolt could power wash—after all, it simply involves pointing the spray gun the right direction and pulling the trigger, right? Wrong. Power washing is a complex task that requires experience to do correctly. Inexperienced individuals can easily damage property by using the wrong power washing settings and techniques.
Ultimately, hiring a professional is the best way to achieve efficient power washing.
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