Power washing or Soft washing your house or business is an important step to maintaining the quality and beauty of your residential or commercial property. It cleans away dirt and grime, making your exterior walls, deck, sidewalk, or driveway a perfect complement to your shining, crisp windows.
But if you’re new to homeownership—or just have no experience with power washing—you may have a few questions about it.
What is soft washing a house?
Soft washing is a cleaning technique that uses low-pressure water to safely clean the exterior surfaces of a house. This method also uses cleaning solutions to effectively kill mold, mildew, moss, bacteria, and other microorganisms.
How often should you soft wash your house?
As a general rule, we recommend that you wash your home every 6 to 12 months (or one to two times a year). By soft washing your home on a regular basis, you can protect it from the onset of mold or mildew and maintain its beautiful appearance. Nothing is set in stone, of course.
How often do most surfaces need power washed?
For the majority of surfaces, an annual power washing should suffice. It does depend on the materials used to create/build the surface as well as the current condition of the surface, so you may need to increase the frequency of power washings.
Can I do the power washing on my own?
While power washing can be viewed as a do-it-yourself project, there is a clear distinction between a DIY crew and professional services. This means you get greater capability of equipment and greater expertise by having trained power washing technicians do it for you.
A do-it-yourself washer may set the pressure too high for the surface or hold the nozzle too close to it. This can result in chipped painting, damaged screens, and ruined siding. And though most power washing equipment you can rent has the same PSI as commercial-grade tools, it holds a minimal amount of water—making this project take days, not hours.
What are PSI and GPM?
PSI is the pounds per square inch. This is what delivers the punch during a power wash, forcing contaminants off the surface.
GPM is the gallons per minute. This flushes the contaminants pushed off by the PSI.
Both are very important. Some people do, however, prefer more PSI or more GPM depending on their needs. A farmer may want more GPM to flush contaminants away from the fresh soil; a business owner may want more PSI to get the grime off the exterior surface of his or her storefront.
Will a high pressure wash damage my home?
Not with the professional technicians at Southeast Pressure Cleaning LLC. We know how to properly utilize high pressure washing equipment that has the capability to produce an extremely high pressure output. By examining the type of surface and its condition, our team can set the right amount of water pressure to be used.
How long does it take to power wash a house?
The amount of time it takes to pressure wash a typical house ranges from about 30 minutes to 2 hours. An additional 15 to 30 minutes of setup and pack up time is also needed. Pressure washing has two parts – applying the cleaning liquids and then rinsing (pressure washing) the exterior.
How much does it cost to hire someone to pressure wash?
The average cost to pressure wash a house is $173 to $358 with most homeowners spending $300. A one-story house costs about $1 per linear foot to pressure wash, while a two-story house wash will cost double at $2 per linear foot. If you have a brick home, it can be pressure washed for $0.15–$0.40 per sq. ft. Prices may vary in your area.
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