Pressure-washing is an effective way to remove all the surface stains and gunk on your home’s exterior components. It is usually done on decks, walls and concrete walkways. That said, it also makes sense to do this chore on your siding, as many homeowners tend to do. Take note, however, that it must be done with the utmost care possible to prevent damage to the material.
Woodbridge Home Exteriors, your local siding and window company, shares tips on how to properly and safely pressure-wash your home’s siding.
Investing in an Electric Pressure Washer
A contractor-grade electric pressure washer is all you need to clean the exterior components of your home, from your outdoor deck, fence, to your siding. Many of the available models in the market provide enough pressure for general cleaning. They are easier to use, too—just plug it on the electric outlet and you are good to go.
Such pressure washers come with quick-connect nozzles that vary in terms of the width of the spray pattern. They are also color-coded for easier selection. For your siding, choose the white and green ones. The black one, meanwhile, can be used if you are cleaning the siding using soap. You can even use it to do a quick once-over on your double hung replacement windows.
Using the Pressure Washer the Right Way
In using the pressure-washer, always point the spray nozzle downwards. Doing it with the tip pointing upwards may cause water to find its way to the gaps in your siding. Mold and rot may accumulate when moisture gets trapped and soaks the protective layer underneath the material. Take note of this important step if your existing siding is of a clapboard, tile, or shingle profile.
Equally important is the distance between yourself and the siding. Depending on the nozzle and pressure, always keep the tip about two to six inches away from the surface of the material you are cleaning. Be aware of this especially if you have vinyl siding. Follow this and you prevent this particular siding material from cracks and other forms of damage.
For your vinyl replacement windows and siding needs, turn to Woodbridge Home Exteriors. Get started by calling (972) 217-7585 (Texas), (405) 252-1548 (Oklahoma), or (316) 226-8011 (Kansas). You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Hutchinson and Salina, KS.