FAQ About Pressure Washing

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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.

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.

For the majority of surfaces, an annual pressure 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 pressure washings.

While pressure 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 pressure 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 pressure 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.

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.

General speaking we only use high pressure when cleaning flat surfaces like concrete driveways. Otherwise we use a soft washing technique as seen above. 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.

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.

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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